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Creating strong handouts (or workshops, or LibGuides, or anything else…)

A few days ago, my colleague Jason Homer and I were talking about a very bad habit that librarians have: we love information too much.  It’s so much fun to give out great info, that we we sometimes forget to stop.  Too much info, or badly thought out info, will ruin a workshop, class, handout or guide.  When I’m thinking about designing for info sharing I give myself rules:

  • Purpose first: if you know what the goal for the workshop or handout out, you’ll do better.
  • What should users be able to do after using this handout/attending this workshop?
  • Use a handout to focus the info, not to give all the info
  • Be clear with readers/class participants about the purpose of the  handout (“this info is on the handout, so you don’t need to write it down”)
  • Your outline should be clear on the handout, but you can include more info than you’ll mention in a class.
  • Do not fear white space!
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