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LibGuides evaluation

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  • Thousands of USA institutions signed up across various sectors. It oozes ‘have a nice day’ sentiments.Not much UK support for this product. If ISS & Library Services are wanting standalone sturdiness because our new front page of our web site is too complicated/tricky for ISS/Bob to support perhaps we need to redesign the page back to SHADO standard.Shado is a tool most of us have been trained to use but discouraged because? Similar to the culture of VLE where the library has been traditionally marginalised over the decades. I used to be a WebCT/Blackboard champion and it was me lobbied and insisted we create a name for the VLE that was particular to the university not an advertisement for the product.Most of Academic Liaison Librarians are trained to use web tools like Dreamweaver and basic html.ALL’s had to pick up a smattering of html in relation to INFORMS tutorials from Intute until it disbanded in August2011. Similar problems with USA based product of WCL in regard to time zones and practical support.Difficulties in IT support from American team and mismatch of skills in our radically scaled back library Bibs. & acq. Dept.York St.Johns University had JISC funding to implement WorldCat Local (even though it was seen as value for money to keep WorldCat). Westmancoat, H. Implementing OCLC WorldCat Local at York St John University, 2011. In MitteilungenderVereinigungÖsterreichischerBibliothekarinnen & Bibliothekare. VereinigungÖsterreichischerBibliothekarinnen und Bibliothekare. (Published) [Journal Article (On-line/Unpaginated)].Citable URI:
  • Emily Albon’s page at City UniversityShe has not utilised much of LibGuides functionality as it detracts from her excellent web pages known as LawBore.Emily has cleverly related most links back to her own web pages.This could be our option to if WorldCat Local insists we need this kind of directory approach. There is definately scope for compromise. Phew happy.
  • Poly Pomona CaliforniaVisually unappealing the directory approach allows for listing and makes eye tired before it has a chance to go through resources. The small font and conservative layout has allowed Bruce to add resources when he finds them but there is no sense of order. The additionality function designs in a lazy, chaotic approach that defies even the most universal filing technique of alphabetisation to locate resources. The informal This is a marvellous example of ghetto directory librarianship. We need to avoid this for our students who will find this a complete turn-off.EgNational Trust for Historic Preservation This is the home page for the major historic preservation organization in the nation. This adds no new information for the student to find resources. There is no sense of prioritisation or what Raganathan’s rule of saving the reader’s time.It reminds me of the BBC gameshow ‘Pointless’
  • I’ve been able to include visuals on the main pages of ASD web – photos of London buildings taken by Bob Grist.It also allows for lateral or horizontal linkingwhich is the beauty of the internet – it has tensile strength like a spider’s web. It creates a community of practice even within the subject pages hence my reference from Digimap to my own Digimap Help Page. directory approach prohibits this horizontal linking and breaks the tensile strength - the whole notion behind the world wide web. Who ever saw a successful web in the shape of a perfect grid?The design principle of LibGuides which works well for something like a Staff Telephone Directory (think of our White pages). It undermines the principle of the web being a community of practice and reduces it to a grid ghetto – it manages aspiration rather like ‘gated housing’. The flow is stopped.
  • Good example of LibGuides for exhibitions but we have something far more flexible with the Visual Arts BlogI do like this page.
  • Do It YourselfFairly straightforward. Permission to copy templates of LibGuides might be an issue? How do we decide which template we want and how comfortable will our student’s experience be of the directory approach?Once visited never to return perhaps. Some LibGuides look as if they’ve never been revised since they were created. Similar to many VLE WebLearn pages creators have complied but don’t nurture the guides. I wonder why that is?I’d be interested in the ‘footfall’ of this uniform approach.
  • This is a web based tool which can be frustrating to use as its slow, cheap and easily times out if there is heavy traffic – eg when America is awake it will be even slower. My experience of open source tools over 6 years with my Edublogs, WordPress blog, Informs, Xerte, Zotero, DropBox all confirm this fairly unstable way of working ‘online’. Loads of minutes are wasted.Academic Librarians do not have the luxury of time to wait that long. Simple tasks take on monumental proportions and the guidance is basic and mainly based in USA. The organisational template (similar to the useless corporate designs of LoMU) may be very prohibitive and not suit each subject areas. Architecture in the arts has a different approach to Life Sciences web pages. Library Services have a signature identity that locates the valuable student experience. LibGuides approach is sanitising the student experience. Like the Hilton Hotel, McDonalds or Gap you could be in Moorgate, Edinburgh or Boston creating a corporate senselessness of the globe, the entire look and feel becomes uniform and lifeless.Let’s keep our Library Services identity that has been crafted through the years and makes sense to us and our students.
  • It would take many hours to crack optimum use. If a template is created this might speed things up.Image upload is very similar to blogs etc. But never as straightforward as it seems. Again very time consuming.ALL’s don’t have the luxury of time to do this editing work & that’s why I’m thankful for Bob Grist who has expertise and swiftness to do editing and updating on my behalf. It is content not the media which is most important.The usage stats. might be helpful but its like looking at any statistical log it takes dedicated time and expertise and when you do this maybe annually it is a skill you have to relearn.
  • The seduction of lists. Lists of classifications. Lists of 700’s. Lists in tiny font that are hard to read. One visual and then lists. Librarians cannot resist. Is this student centred design or good information literacy? We need to ask these questions of ourselves before ditching our more sophisticated web pages.
  • Verdict please do not purchase clunky, cheap and nasty tool.It ought to be free anyway – if it was open source it would be far more vibrant and attractive.Time wasted evaluating this tool collectively is not value for money.If the Aldgate Project web pages costs would be revealed and priority given to our library top page (where the actual problem is) we could easily resolve this.
  • They are instantly recognisable just like a Marathon or Snickers bar.They are my comfort blanket for learning and teaching supportThey are robust for searching HORIZONTALLY across servicesVERDICT please keep shado web pages Thanks Daphne Chalk-Birdsall, Academic Liaison Librarian, Architecture and Spatial Design May 2012
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    • 1. LibGuides in UK H.E. institutions• Thousands of USA centric examples but no webinars or support geared to UK market or Greenwich time zone• City University 55 LibGuides• Cambridge, Christ College 5• Anglia Ruskin 0 guides so far• Sussex , Careers• Middlesex University
    • 2. Conservative use of LibGuidesso as not to detract from hersophisticated law web pages
    • 3. Dull yet wellmeaning
    • 4. Current guide on ASDWeb page giving students abetter idea of resourcesarranged alphabetichallywith thought rather thanrandomly listed like theprevious example!
    • 5. Struggle tokeep Uni’s Identity
    • 6. Good example of LibGuidesfrom Mddx. Uni
    • 7. It is a truth universally acknowledgedthat the LoMU template is unwieldy inIts domination of space and use ofPurple and curves that undermineAny content design especially ppt. Slides. Which template?
    • 8. As predicted..Webtool is grindingly slow and can’t handle editiing very well
    • 9. Time consuming ALL’s don’thave luxury of time especially ifpart-time and pressure offrontline service increases. What a waste of SPACE
    • 10. Comparison of LibGuides to Shado our current Library Services web pagesLIBGuides Shado Web Pages• Cheap 3K • No expense already have the• Independent of ISS support software and trained expertise• Control of content • Able to delegate content input• Useful for listing things as it is regarded as a clerical• Upload multimedia and images if task copyright cleared • Links to social networks,• Helpful for top web pages as multimedia firmly embedded these are now too complicated across the web. Tensile for ISS strength of www.• Every library seems to be using • Identity of Library Services them – useful as directory but not web pages firmly established as vibrant web pages. and source of praise from• Like most online web tools it is students and peers unacceptably slow
    • 11. Library Services Web PagesThey are robust for searching HORIZONTALLY acrossservicesVERDICT please keep shado web pages