LibGuides are a user-friendly, web-based tool that combines all the advantages of wikis, blogs, and social networking in one package. Designed especially for libraries, they allow even techno-timid library staff to create their own web content and showcase library resources. Learn how Omaha Public Library staff has used this tool to create webpages on every possible subject, from genealogy to homelessness, without ever taking a programming class.
- 1. LibGuides @ Your Library Creating Web Content Without Tears Marguerite Miller, Omaha Public Library Martha Grenzeback, Omaha Public Library NLA/NEMA Conference, Oct. 7, 2011, Lincoln
2. How do you say it?
- Lib as in liberate yourself from HTML?
OR 3. What is a LibGuide?
- Definition: A content management subscription service offered by Springshare that allows libraries of all kinds to create and maintain online web pages without any knowledge of computer programming.
- A private company based in New York that designs practical web 2.0 applications specifically for libraries and educational institutions. Founded by a library webmaster!
5. Who uses it?
- Currently, 35,721 librarians at 2,473public, academic, special, and schoollibraries worldwide, who between them have created 189,353 guides! More on the way
6. What for?
7. http://suffolktopicguides.org/content.php?pid=109916 8. What for?
9. http://brass.libguides.com/SmallBusinessCore 10. What for?
http://unl.libguides.com/bios103lab 11. What for?
- Book clubs and readers advisory
http://guides.omahalibrary.org/bookclubs 12. http://guides.rcls.org/tapreadersadvisory 13. What for?
- Highlighting special events
http://libguides.library.umkc.edu/hispanic_heritage_month 14. http://guides.lib.usf.edu/gulf-oil-spill 15. What for?
16. Even NATO uses LibGuides! http://natolibguides.info/welcome 17.
- Cost based on # cardholders or FTE students. Free trial available.
- Fully hosted platform, based on templates
How do LibGuides work? 18. Two user roles/access levels
- Administrator:full access to all pages and all functions; decides system-wide design settings (colors, fonts, branding elements, contacts, etc.)
- Librarians:edit the pages that are owned by or assigned to them; decide content, layout, box types, and images that best support their subject.
20. Basic design
- A guide consists of pages, each page represented by a tabor subtab.
- One, two, or three columns with content boxes in each.
- Select from boxes with predefined kinds of library content
21. Different content boxes Books from the catalog RSS feed Database links Link a document Text with hyperlinks 22. Images, embedded media, & more 23. Why use LibGuides?
- Easy to create: borrow a template from another user, reuse content, or be creative
And especially. 25. A simple list of resources. 26. or fancy shmancy 27. Why ELSE use LibGuides?
- Visible (comes up in web searches)
- Interactive Web 2.0 features: webchat, integration with social media (Facebook, Twitter), social bookmarking (Delicious, Digg, etc.), comments, polls, tagging, more
28. And besides
- Automatically delivers mobile-friendly versions
- Easy linking to OPAC and databases
- Automatic link updating; link checker
29. Handy reports 30. Support 31. And more support 32. And a little more support.
- Free webinars, scheduled and on demand.
35. LibGuides @ Omaha Public Library
- Created by 22 different staff members
- Pathfinders, subject guides, resource pages
- Marguerite Miller [email_address]
- Martha Grenzeback [email_address]