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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.

Text of LibGuides @ Your Library

  • 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?

  • Libe as in library?
  • 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.

4. About

  • 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!
  • LibGuides
  • CampusGuides
  • CommunityGuides
  • LibAnswers
  • LibAnalytics
  • LibCal

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?

  • Subject guides

7. 8. What for?

  • Guides to resources

9. 10. What for?

  • Coursework 11. What for?

  • Book clubs and readers advisory 12. 13. What for?

  • Highlighting special events 14. 15. What for?

  • Entire websites

16. Even NATO uses LibGuides! 17.

  • Subscription service
  • 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?

  • Fully hosted
  • Easy to delete!


  • 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.


  • Blog


  • Examples

35. LibGuides @ Omaha Public Library

  • 65 guides
  • Created by 22 different staff members

36. Private

  • Staff information

37. Public

  • Pathfinders, subject guides, resource pages

38. Questions?

  • Marguerite Miller [email_address]
  • Martha Grenzeback [email_address]