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  • This entire project, as well as the many others that we have mentioned, were all done collaboratively. Yes, collaboration makes your eyes roll and may cause you to pull out your hair, but we have found that it is the key to our success. With collaboration comes responsibility! Before, the departments were responsible for maintaining their webpages, but the rest fell mainly to me as the library’s webmaster. Now, with the different take on how we present our information, new responsibilities were developed. One person may be responsible for a LibGuide, however, others may have responsibilities for tabs or even boxes within that LibGuide. For example, the Library Employees LibGuide is mainly administrative, which falls to me. However, one of the tabs in that guide is professional presentations – all librarians are responsible for loading their presentations to this tab. Consequently, you can find this presentation loaded there. LibGuides provides the ability to assign certain guides to one or more people.Collaboration – currently, the five librarians and the director all have access to create LibGuides. All of us were involved in all decisions made towards the subject & course guides, as well as the webrefresher project. Also, we found ourselves asking each other and our liaison departments for input in creating our subject, course, and internal LibGuides.What did we learn:Buy-in – by having a say in the decision process, one is more likely to buy-in to the products and contentThat buy-in leads directly into content ownership and content connectedness (the who, what, why, when, and how)Although it may take a little bit longer, collaboration, IMHO, allows you to get more done by involving more people. There is no way a single librarian could have accomplished all that we have talked about today, as well as worked on our various other projects and kept up-to-date with their everyday responsibilities.It was amazing to see how everyone looks at the same thing in different ways. This allowed us to think outside of the box and come up with an incredible product!
  • Pull up LibGuides dashboard and give an overview:Options across the topBring up About the LibraryDifferent pages have different columnsSome pages aren’t part of that guide - FAQsReordering of boxesGuide settingsBring up Resuable ContentKeep like things together/organizedCheck out Services tab – multi-paged!Multiple owners for this guide!Reused boxes:Can be used as is – link provided in box title indicated where linked toCan be copied – allows editing; will not be updated since no longer linkedBring up News & How Tos& Featured ResourcesBring up Nursing guideStandard tabs & opening boxes on each pageWidgetsRotating contents boxReused content – hours, get help, etc.Latest purchaseseBooksWebpages – suggest a linkComments in every boxCreate a new guide – Search the communityCourse Content template/Subject Guide templateReuse a guideShow each type of boxOrganize the naming of guides and URLs
  • Ola ucd homebrewed workshop 020113 1

    1. 1. LibGuides:Sort of HomebrewedOklahoma Library Association Homebrewed Workshop February 1, 2013 Dana Belcher Assistant Library Director Collection Services Librarian East Central University dbelcher@ecok.edu http://library.ecok.edu
    2. 2. LibGuides – Why?• Staffing!! – 6 librarians – 7 staff – No one to build from ground up• Easy to use!• Cheap! – Based on FTE (< $0.30) – Really less than that – graphic add-on
    3. 3. LibGuides – Who?• Springshare - http://springshare.com/ – They have all the techies – They built it – we came!• ECU – Librarians, for now – Staff, training in process – It’s as easy as using a word processor
    4. 4. Springshare Resources• Springshare Lounge – Blog – Newsletter – Springycamp – Suggestions – Other librarians with great ideas – http://springsharelounge.com/
    5. 5. How to do it• Information architecture• Multiple access points• Create templates• Create reusable content• Create rotating boxes• Take advantage of built-ins: – Statistics – Maintenance• Assign ownership
    6. 6. Information ArchitectureUser Use
    7. 7. Instant Statistics ID Page Name Views ID Page Name Views 1929769 Home 18763418452 Main 131 1930151 P 3963418454 Search 59 2052955 A-Z 1603418453 Plan 57 2126048 Resources by Major 1013418456 Using APA 193418455 Evaluate 6 1930140 E 74 275 1930158 W 74 ID Page Name 2119326 Views Newspaper Resources 66 2307482 Home 584 1930136 A 65 Books, Articles, 2307483 274 & More 2119290 General Resources 61 2307484 Services for You 55 Transfer 2384908 6 Students 919
    8. 8. Maintenance• Link-checkers: computer and human• Linked boxes make updating easy• Maintenance standards for course & subject guides – Student assistants continuously check links
    9. 9. Content Ownership• Responsibility – Main administrator – Other librarians • Information – Pages – Blocks • Collaboration with library staff & faculty • Peer & self evaluation
    10. 10. Limitations: Linking
    11. 11. Lessons Learned• Collaboration is king• Don’t be afraid to use tools in new ways
    12. 12. Springshare Contact David Colp, MLSRegional Sales Consultant 518.772.9321 david@springshare.com
    13. 13. Let’s Get to it!• http://ecok.libguides.com – Examples – Questions?• http://libraryschool.campusguides.com/ – Email – Password