Monthly Archives: November 2013

Design in the Library: MLA Webinar “Making Your Library Promotion Pop!”

I attended a great Medical Library Association (MLA) webinar entitled “Making Your Library Promotion Pop! Practical Design Principles and Tools for the Non-Designer” last week by April Aultman Becker, Education Coordinator for the Research Medical Library at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. Though originally held in September, it was re-hosted courtesy of Capital Health, Health Sciences Libraries and through the marvels of modern technology. 

I really liked the presentation and thought Aultman Becker did a great job of laying out the design principles, showing some really effective examples, and – my favourite – drawing on design submissions from the September attendees to illustrate the successful use of various principles. It was a great idea to get everyone to submit some work ahead of time, because it served as a showcase of the talent of other librarians, and also boosted everyone’s confidence (if all these other librarians can make cool posters, I can too!). This is why I think her work in Librarian Design Share is so awesome – it’s essentially an inspiration/sharing/discussion blog about design in the library and the ways in which design can help us tackle issues. My favourite so far is this meme graphic explaining boolean operators by Erica DeFrain.

It was funny though, because a lot of the various design principles Aultman Becker discusses seem like such common sense, “Yes – contrast is good, make things stand out!” “Proximity, group things together, I get it.” “Use alignment to connect things visually, of course!” “Use repetition to create consistency, definitely.” but how often have we seen (or worse, made them ourselves) posters and signs that totally flout these principles?

Since attending the webinar, I’ve definitely thought more about what I was doing from a design standpoint, and caught myself thinking, “You know what? This header needs to contrast more from the body of the text,” or “the alignment here is totally messing with the flow of this page”.

I’m definitely going to have to start a Pinterest board just for my design inspiration!

 

Role of Librarians in the Delivery of Evidence-Based Information

Visintini Librarians & Evidence-Based Information

I have a short presentation coming up soon which I’m pretty excited about, discussing the role of health librarians in the delivery of evidence-based information. This is a snazzy infographic that I made for it.

There have been some interesting debates lately about continued relevance of evidence-based practice, especially in light of the growing commercialization of research (think big pharma). I thought this debate put on by McMaster University’s Health Forum did a good job of highlighting some of the things we need to keep in mind when it comes to evidence-based practice. (Sorry, they disabled the embed feature) http://youtu.be/KjLD5AkD0Ws

What are your thoughts on evidence-based practice, and the role of librarians in participating in the process? I’d love to hear your comments or thoughts on the issue.