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  • Ros Pan Head of Outreach UCD Library

  • Password is lower case anltc

  • Cloud based, Software as a Service, hosted web platform

    No local server or software Edit via the web, anywhere, anytime Can store docs and images used in the guides

    also up in the cloud Lease their cloud storage from Amazon

  • Annual payment Cost depends on: size of your institution, which

    version you go for, any add-ons you want, any discount you can negotiate!

    For UCD with about 25,000 students, the fuller CMS version (about 40% more cost) and a 10% discount we are paying round about 3,100 a year

    Maybe others will be forthcoming in public or at refreshment breaks on what they pay

  • LibGuides Annual License USD 2,599.00

    Images and Back-Ups Module USD 199.00

    CMS upgrade USD 1,100.00

    10% Discount (USD 390.00)

    USD 3,508.00

    About 3,100

    euro p/a

  • Out of the box solution requiring just tiny bit of customising (banner, colour scheme)

    Easy to use editing interface Many librarians can create content with it,

    compared to the Library website Seen mainly as a place to lodge lists of online

    library guides in subject and topic areas If you take a tour of LibGuides customers, maybe

    90% use it in this way at the moment

  • Small edits to out of the box:


    Main title or not

    Guides in 1 or 2 columns

    How many ways to present the guides to users

    Changing the range of widgets in the right bar

  • You can purchase standard LibGuides or LibGuides CMS

    Also now have the new version 2 - looks different, and has a number of attractive features not found in the old version 1

    New customers will get version 2 so when browsing sites it is good to look for version 2 sites as this is what you will get

    Existing users should consider migrating

  • You can put your guides into GROUPS, each can look different, with own home page and their own banner

  • You get more file storage so can move a lot of your docs, pdfs, images into the system alongside the guide itself

    You can SHARE images in shared folders and all use one copy and all have access to the whole set

  • You get access to the module to build forms and surveys and embed them into your guides

  • Standard product you now (version 2) have 2 basic guide templates: for top bar style and left bar style.

    But with the CMS version IF you have the skills to code them up you can develop any number of different guide templates with different layouts altogether for those contemplating replacing a website with LibGuides this is an important feature

  • Can password control or IP control access to individual guides

  • Version 2 total new system on a separate server Still finishing it off, a few missing bits, taken a

    long time well over a year so far New customers will get version 2 so look at

    these sites! Existing users will need to migrate from 1 to 2, a

    significant process involved in that only < 25% have so far done this migration

  • Responsive design based on Bootstrap so should display nicely from smartphone, mini tablet, tablet and desktop sizes

    Home page layout is different Colours are FLAT not gradients so it looks more modern You can match colour of top tabs exactly to your website

    colours if you wish You can have guides either with traditional top tab style or

    you can have them with a website-style left bar navigation, this is a big change

    You can have boxes right across the top and/or bottom of your guides so it is a bit more flexible

    You can put index cards into a single box

  • Way ASSETS are handled is changed new ASSETS concept You can have a separate and PUBLIC set of your subscription

    databases All other assets like links, widgets, documents are in a shared

    library and you should aim for one record and multiple uses of it. This was also the system in version 1 but it is much stronger and easier to do in version 2

    You can MIX contents in one box which you cannot do in version 1 e.g. have a website link, a subscription database link, a document, an image and an embedded video in one box.

  • If you have the skill set you can move right away from the out of the box philosophy and code up to mirror your website, or replace it, or something quite fancy only in version 2 is this possible easily


  • An area we have neglected at UCD so far but important Not yet fully coded in version 2! Can produce simple guide lists Will be able to produce lists by tag, subject, group also Will also be able to embed full guides or boxes from guides

    into other environments There is also a range of APIs so you can pass on the code to

    other web developers to embed content from your LibGuides into their website

    Dont make them come to your LibGuides platform, put your content into their online environments

  • Why do you want the product, what for, what need is it fulfilling?

    Which version do you need, basic or CMS? What is/will be the relationship of LibGuides with and to your

    Library website? What sort of look and feel do you have in mind? Who is going to manage the platform and the content

    overall? Operational group? Champion in each team? Who are your likely guide authors? Is the public A-Z database display of interest to you?

  • Implementation and migration project management

    Master list of live and pending guides

    Manual and training New versions and updates to

    manage and monitor Operational group lead Link checker each week Statistics each month and

    Google analytics each month Guide production where not got

    a local author to do it Discussions on new uses

    Quality control e.g. people are not re-using assets but duplicating them

    Policy decisions on web v. libguides

    Build forms and surveys to use in other guides

    Look after centrally managed widgets and info boxes which are mirrored and used right across the system e.g. library twitter feed, news, photo slideshow, chat box, catalogue search box

    Check assets for duplication and remove ones not being referenced in any guide

  • 2254




    Dec 14 and Jan 15

    % of UCD Libguide

    page views

    less than 10 secs.

    U of Michigan presentation on LibGuides impact

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