In my past life as a presenter I sometimes needed to create a timeline in order to show the development of a topic over time. While not everyone need to create timelines on a regular basis, they can be a welcome change from the standard PowerPoint presentation. Enter TimelineJS from Knight Lab. While the tool will take a little getting used to, the key idea is that you enter your information into a Google Sheet in columns for Start Date, End Date, Headline,Text, and Media (along with a few other optional fields), publish your spreadsheet to the Web, then provide the sheet’s URL to the TimelineJS service. In return you’ll receive back a URL that you can use to give your presentation.

For example, here’s the timeline I created to illustrate the history of eBooks. (Sadly, I have not updated it in a few years, but you’ll get the idea.) If you’re interested in looking at the spreadsheet behind the timeline you can find it here


About Author
Michael Sauers, Technology Manager
Michael Sauers is currently the Director of Technology for Do Space in Omaha, NE. Michael has been training librarians in technology for the past twenty years and has published more than 14 books on technology and other topics.