Librarians across library types and departments frequently provide training materials to each other, library technicians, and student workers. For these materials to be effective, they must contain accurate information and should also follow guidelines for usable document design. Good design makes documents easier to use, helps documents stand out from other pieces of information, and lends credibility to document creators. A few simple tips, such as following Gestalt principles and using plain language, can improve document usability. The presenters will demonstrate how making these and other changes will improve the accessibility and functionality of library training materials. They will also direct attendees to resources to help librarians create usable documentation for library processes and procedures. As a result of this program, attendees will - Learn the value of document design. - Learn principles of effective documentation. - Discover resources to help create effective documentation.
Turner, J. and Schomberg, J. (October 8, 2015). I Want ALL THE WORDS! How Gestalt Principles and Plain Language Can Help You Become an Effective Document Designer. Presented at the Minnesota Library Association Conference, St. Paul, MN.
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