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Legal Research on the Go

Our goal here at Librarian Design Share is to be able to inspire you with creative ideas so that you can take them back and modify them for your own use in your library.  David McClure, Head of Research and Curriculum Services at the Wiener-Rogers Law Library at the William S. Boyd School of Law at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, had done just this, and we’re so impressed with the results.

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Here is David’s description of the design process:

For some time, our library had considered various ways to share information on legal research apps with our students and faculty.  While reviewing the ALL-SIS Task Force on Library Marketing & Outreach’s Academic Law Library Marketing & Outreach Toolkit, I ran across a reference to the Librarian Design Share blog.  The January 23, 2013, post on “Advertising a Tablet Page” provided the creative spark (and the template) to make the handout a reality.  We converted the template from Publisher to Pages format, and we increased the image size to create a full-page handout.   

Special thanks to April Aultman Becker and the Librarian Design Share blog for sharing the Publisher template with us.  Library research assistants Jessica Perlick, Elizabeth Ellison, and Andrew Stagg also contributed their excellent research and design skills, along with their creativity and enthusiasm, to the project.   

A PDF version of the handout is available for download through the Scholarly Commons @ UNLV Law at http://scholars.law.unlv.edu/refdeskguides/8.  For the Pages version, please contact David McClure (david.mcclure@unlv.edu).

David mentioned that this was his first project with Pages and that he enjoyed the program’s flexibility when it came to manipulating images.  Anyone else out there using Pages?  We’d love to see!

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.

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