Documentation for Creating Digital Collection User Guides : Preparation for User Guides


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Documentation for Creating Digital Collection User Guides : Preparation for User Guides
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Thorat, Dhanashree
George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida
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Gainesville, FL
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Documentation towards a standard or template style material for creating user guides for digital collections. Guide for Creating User Guides for Specific Digital Collections & Digital Libraries.
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Created with input from Laurie Taylor, and created for the Holistic Supports Mini Grant (

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Page 1 of 3 User Guide Preparation Considerations before you start: all the information (see sample P ublisher template) The trifold is primarily intended to inform readers about how to use the collections. It is not a guide to the collections content. Trifold 3 This if the cover page of the trifold. Enter the Title of the Collections prominently The link should be prominently displayed at the bottom of the page Visual features may include a collage of photos Trifold 2 Word Count: 100 150 words This is the link prominently again. 3 2 1.


Page 2 of 3 The questions may be similar across Collections Trifold 1 Word Count: Less than 100 words Highlight Special Features of the Collections that support users who visit the Digital Collections. Sample features you can discuss: Zoom, Metadata, Usage Statistics, Citation Support, Thumbnail View Trifold 4 This will be first page on the inside of the trifold Word Count: approx. 100 words (if you include a visual) Describe the Mission/Goals of the Collections Include a brief O verview of the Collections You may also discuss Future Goals You may include an image fr om your collections if there is space. 6 5 4


Page 3 of 3 Trifold 5 These search features may be common to different Collections. In that case, you may use the same content. Word Count: approx. 200 words (without visuals) Some suggested search features to highlight: Google Search From the Home Page Advanced Search Full Text Search All Items Trifold 6 Highlight features of the myU F D C /myS OBEK /myDLOC account or other account used within the Collections interface by users who want to save their searchers, etc.