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Revamp Your Handouts

We’ve all done it. At some point in our librarian careers, we’ve all created The Handout. It’s swimming in text, full of links and lists of resources or background information. Maybe we were really busy that day and just needed to get something printed out quickly. Maybe we couldn’t think of a good way to make our handout look good. Maybe we just needed a little inspiration.

Informational pieces don’t need to be boring. Here’s a bit of inspiration from  Tony Bandy, consultant from Library Knowledge:
Let's Code! An information handout from Tony Bandy

[This is a handout from a] library training session that I put together using Apple’s Pages product and associated template. However, there’s some modifications that I was able to do, in particular combining some of the stock Microsoft photographs as well as some screenshots from the Google Android developers platform. I also tweaked the colors a bit to enhance and complement the stock photography, combining the thought that this is interesting information, but at the same time something to be seriously planned through.

For the original Pages files, email Tony Bandy.

Styling Open Access

Open Access TreeFrom Katie Fortney at UC Santa Cruz:

I find that people who don’t know much about scholarly communication find the different types of open access confusing and hard to keep separate. I’ve started using this diagram (created in PowerPoint) in my basic explanations. If anyone would like to take the basic information and make it more aesthetically pleasing, that would be fantastic.

Suggestions for design, comments and general advice are also welcome!

For the original PP slide, contact Katie Fortney. You can also see this diagram in one of its native habitats: the UC Santa Cruz Open Access Libguide.

Calling Out


I love call-outs, but I guess you can tell that from this flyer.  I find that the mix of screenshots, graphics, and step-by-step text works well with students for database instruction.  For the Word document, email April Aultman Becker.

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