Document Type


Original Presentation Date



Poster presented at Annual Meeting, Mid-Atlantic Chapter, Medical Library Association, 2022

Date of Submission

November 2022



To produce an easy-to-read, visually appealing, 1-4 page annual report for the University of Maryland, Baltimore’s Health Sciences and Human Services Library (HSHSL). The report should be a mix of interesting statistics, highlights, stories, quotes, and photographs to promote the HSHSL’s annual accomplishments to the campus.


We gather all of the stories and statistics we think will be eligible material for the annual report, pulling content and ideas from: newsletters, workshops, blog posts, events, exhibits, and meetings with division and department heads. An annual report committee and visual designer decide upon the top stories and statistics, focusing upon high-impact events, meaningful statistics, and attractive design, images, and photographs to craft the report. We keep in mind that the report is meant to be read by non-librarians, and that the language and messages need to be understandable to our larger campus community.


This will be our 5th year producing an annual report for the HSHSL. The process has become more streamlined and less time-consuming as we have become familiar with where to source content, design principles, and how to manage space limitations. This has decreased the amount of time it takes to produce the report and the number of iterations we go through before achieving our final product. Additionally, other libraries have been inspired by our designs and created their own colorful Annual Reports based on our layouts and ideas.


In our next report we plan to include a survey link to try to elicit feedback from our readers. We would like to know if the report was useful to them and if there is other information they would be interested to see in future reports.

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Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Medical Library Association (MAC- MLA) Annual Meeting Posters/Presentations