Posted 8/29/2021 10:50 AM (GMT -6)
Well done! As a former university librarian with a specialty in cataloging, I would from time to time catalog newsletters coming into my library to be added to the collection, and I can say that yours looks as good as any I saw back then.
One thing I noticed about all the newsletters I did see back then was that there was a great deal of freedom in composing and formatting them, but also some standard features that most of them had, making it easier to find and use them.
In that light, may I offer a few comments, on style and substance?
Definite pluses of your newsletter:
Blue ribbon on title page is a nice touch, and it's very artistically presented as well
Double-spacing of text is good, making it easier to read
The anatomical illustration is well done and nicely colored
Having the date of issue ("September 2021") following title data, and in an obvious place, is good, and important. I used to see so many newsletters coming into my library that had confusing enumeration data (library technical term) or none at all, and that made it so much harder to locate issues whenever a patron would come in asking for "that issue, I don't know its date or number, but that's the one I want." Having it self-identified with an issue date or numeration of some kind, as you have done, made it so much easier to find!
You write very well and to the point, and your style makes one want to keep on reading. Very good!
Adding a crossword puzzle and humor section was also a nice touch.
Adding the reference to Healingwell.com in Social Media was a nice touch too!
A couple of suggestions (take or leave as you see fit)
Maybe hyperlink page numbers in Table of Contents to corresponding pages in the newsletter. So that when the reader looks to the right, he sees all the blue page numbers, and knows he can click on any one of them, and go right to that page in the text. A little bit of work, but a convenience for the reader. (But you have indeed hyperlinked your footnotes within the document text. Very good)
I'm assuming that the title ("title proper" in library terms) of your newsletter is "Prostate Cancer Newsletter" (which would be the official library catalog entry) and "Prostate Cancer Warrior" is the issue title for this particular September 2021 issue? (If so, maybe put "This issue:" ahead of "Prostate Cancer Warrior" on title page, to clarify this?). Or, if "Prostate Cancer Warrior" is to be part of the title proper, maybe reword title, such as "Prostate Cancer Newsletter and Warrior," or such?
Maybe add something like
"Information for Men Who Have Prostate Cancer and for their Loved Ones."
or, in your own words (p.4)
"For guys with PC and for those who care and support guys with PC"
following "Warrior" on title page. I noticed that the newsletters I saw would often have clarification text like this in a prominent place, to make it clear what they were about).
Please, I hope these suggestions aren't coming across as carping, I certainly don't mean them that way. It's just that having cataloged a number of newsletters during my library days, I simply got the urge to offer some thoughts on things I noticed, based on my experience as a cataloger.
And I still maintain that what you have come up with is pretty good!
Do let us know when the next issue comes out. I'm sure we'd all like to read it!