What is Prezi?

Prezi is a dynamic presentation and collaboration tool.  It can be used instead of PowerPoint to jazz up a presentation, or used as an infinite bulletin board for collaborators to work together to compile ideas, images, and other media.

Check out this video for a quick overview on the elements of a Prezi.

What can Prezi do for you?

Prezi is a great way to create a mind map, since adjusting the size of elements can reflect importance.  You can also group ideas together with frames and easily have others contribute.  It is also a powerful presentation tool that can be used as a library tour, program announcement, or subject guide.  If you’re bored with traditional presentation tools (like PowerPoint), Prezi is a way to spice up a meeting.

Who is using Prezi?

Here’s an example of the Lynwood Library using a Prezi to present a summer reading program to teens.

Here’s an example of the Denton Public Library’s presentation to scouting groups on geneology.

Lastly, here’s an example of collaborating via Prezi.  When more than one person is editing a Prezi, you can see them representated by a cartoon avatar at the bottom of the screen.

On February 18, 2011, Novelist John Green posted a YouTube video in which he visited a cemetery and postulated on the mystery of a particular headstone.  Nerdfighteria (myself included) latched onto the idea of finding out what actually became of the widow Gussie Audrey Manlove after her husband’s death in 1915.  We used Prezi to visualize Gussie’s timeline and tell her story.  You can see it below, but I also encourage you to wander away from the path outlined by the arrows in the navigation – click and zoom to explore, and when you want to get back to Gussie’s story, just click the advance arrow again.

Let’s give it a try!

1. Create a free account at

2. Click here to join a collaborative Prezi for this module – what does the future of libraries – at BPL and in general – look like?

3. Create a section of the Prezi. Be creative! You can see a tutorial on the basics here.

  • Play with importing images and YouTube clips.
  • Show us where you found stuff! Add hyperlinks.
  • Is anyone else editing the Prezi will you are?  You’ll see them at the bottom of your screen, just like in the image to the right.

4. Connect your section to the others by extending the presentation path.

5. Come back here and see your updates in the evolving Prezi embedded below!

6. Write a blog post about your experience with Prezi. What kinds of applications for the tool can you think of?

If you have any questions about this module, feel free to contact Marti for a helping hand.

 This Learning 2.0 module was originally designed and implemented by students in Dr. Michael Stephens‘ Transformative Literacies class in the Spring of 2012 (LIBR 281-12).  This class is part of San Jose State University’s School of Library and Information Science curriculum. It was authored by Marti Fuerst for the Bethlehem Public Library/Public Library Group #1. It is available for use for other libraries or institutions.  This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

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