University of Wisconsin–Madison

Graphic Design for Librarians [FULL]

A key element of engaging library patrons is communicating with them effectively.

While libraries often have no shortage of staff who excel at verbal communication, few have in-house expertise in visual communication—leaving the design of flyers, newsletters, web pages and other print and digital communications in the hands of “accidental” graphic designers. Attend this four-week course to begin learning the foundational principles of graphic design and elevate the quality of your library’s visual communications.

At a glance

When: July 12 – Aug 8, 2021

Cost: $150 (Register 2 weeks early for 10% off)

CE Credit: 1.4 CEUs/14 LEUs

Program: #303622

Questions? Contact Meredith Lowe or Anna Palmer

Register online

This course is full. Please register free of charge to be added to the waitlist.

Due to the continuation of remote work, please use the online registration option. If you need alternate arrangements, email Anna Palmer, or Meredith Lowe, Alternate registration options may result in delays.

Login information will be emailed to you a few days before the course begins.

Course details


  • Typography
  • Shape and Color
  • Composition
  • Design tools and resources

Software requirements

Standard Microsoft Office software will be used for course activities.


Elisa Coghlan is passionate about good communication, especially communication that engages both the eye and the written word. She has nearly ten years of experience in designing print and web publications for a variety of library and education organizations, with strong graphic design skills honed through on-the-job mentorship as well as formal continuing-education courses. She is currently the coordinator of marketing and outreach and journalism/communication studies librarian for Marquette University Libraries.