GAELIC SUMMER TRAINING CAMP
15 NOVEMBER 2010
“LIBGUIDES @ WITS : INFOLIT
THROUGH WEB 2.0
TECHNOLOGY”
Xoliswa Xanko 1
Xolis...
OVERVIEW
Subject portals Background
Motivation
Elements of the subject portal
Libguides Development at Wits
Reasons we cha...
Definitions
Subject Portal LibGuide
“An online gateway that
helps users to quickly &
efficiently find reliable
scholarly s...
Motivation
• Information overflow
• Tight deadlines
• Limited knowledge and awareness
• Unstructured and ineffective searc...
Elements of the Subject
Portal
• Assignments
Reference Sources
Indexes / Databases
Locating Subject Journals
Web Resources...
Elements (cont…)
• Need Information? / Ask a Librarian
Course Reserves
Company Information
Newspapers
Current Awareness
St...
Subject Portals: Old Model
From Subject Portals
To Libguides
• Reasons why we wanted change
Author access to guides
All changes through Webmaster
Nee...
Libguides
• Product from Springshare
• 2009: Discussions to consider Libguides
• March 2010: Trial access &
experimentatio...
Development of Wits Libguides
• Libguides Team
Decision: Migrate elements and content
of old Subject Portals
Develop a Wit...
Checklist for Quality Control
• Consistency tab names and order
• Adjustments for disciplines
• Colour & fonts
• Use of Li...
Elements of Wits Libguides
• Home
• Library Services
• Reference Sources
• Electronic Resources
• Need Help
• Useful web l...
Libguides
Libguides
LIBGUIDES
ADVANTAGES
• Tailor-made guides
• Flexibility
• No coding knowledge
• Auto generated content
• Easy to navigate
...
LibGuides
Disadvantages
• Initial setup – time consuming
• Intense & repeated training
• Manual migration from old Portals...
Libguides
• Experiences & Lessons Learnt
Team approach is better
Benchmarking
Value-add
New skills and competencies
Input ...
CHALLENGES
• Target key academics
• Positive relationship
• Demos to Schools
• Cross linking School websites and Libguides...
CONCLUSION
• Libguides are an effective, efficient, user friendly
web 2.0 technology - a gateway to vast
information resou...
Thank you.
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  1. 1. GAELIC SUMMER TRAINING CAMP 15 NOVEMBER 2010 “LIBGUIDES @ WITS : INFOLIT THROUGH WEB 2.0 TECHNOLOGY” Xoliswa Xanko 1 Xoliswa Xanko Commerce Library University of the Witwatersrand
  2. 2. OVERVIEW Subject portals Background Motivation Elements of the subject portal Libguides Development at Wits Reasons we changed Elements of Wits Libguides Advantages and Disadvantages Experiences, lessons learnt, & challenges Conclusion
  3. 3. Definitions Subject Portal LibGuide “An online gateway that helps users to quickly & efficiently find reliable scholarly subject based information in one place” Source: Http://www.polytechnic.edu.na/libray/search/allde pt.php “a content management tool allowing librarians to organise and present library collections and services to users in a customisable fashion using Web 2.0 applications” Source: Libguides reviewed by Ellie Bushhousen, J Med Libr Assoc. Jan 2009
  4. 4. Motivation • Information overflow • Tight deadlines • Limited knowledge and awareness • Unstructured and ineffective searches • Increase in library web pages • Relevance of portals • Value add: Information literacy
  5. 5. Elements of the Subject Portal • Assignments Reference Sources Indexes / Databases Locating Subject Journals Web Resources Writing and presenting your work Library Resources
  6. 6. Elements (cont…) • Need Information? / Ask a Librarian Course Reserves Company Information Newspapers Current Awareness Statistics Other Libraries Guides and Tutorials
  7. 7. Subject Portals: Old Model
  8. 8. From Subject Portals To Libguides • Reasons why we wanted change Author access to guides All changes through Webmaster Need of timely updates Little opportunity to innovate Single scrolling page vs Tabs Usage statistics
  9. 9. Libguides • Product from Springshare • 2009: Discussions to consider Libguides • March 2010: Trial access & experimentation • April 2010: Funding finalised • May 2010: Subscription • June 2010: Training sessions for Librarians • July 2010: Libguides Team established
  10. 10. Development of Wits Libguides • Libguides Team Decision: Migrate elements and content of old Subject Portals Develop a Wits Library Libguides Template for guidance Balance standardisation and creativity Develop checklist for Quality Control
  11. 11. Checklist for Quality Control • Consistency tab names and order • Adjustments for disciplines • Colour & fonts • Use of Link boxes • Details of Librarian profile boxes
  12. 12. Elements of Wits Libguides • Home • Library Services • Reference Sources • Electronic Resources • Need Help • Useful web links • Basic steps in the Research Process
  13. 13. Libguides
  14. 14. Libguides
  15. 15. LIBGUIDES ADVANTAGES • Tailor-made guides • Flexibility • No coding knowledge • Auto generated content • Easy to navigate • Ease of including dynamic content and multimedia • Increased usage of electronic resources • Attachments • Comprehensive usage statistics • Feedback Box • Create back-up files • Multiple authors • Subject knowledge • Libguides Team Xoliswa Xanko 15
  16. 16. LibGuides Disadvantages • Initial setup – time consuming • Intense & repeated training • Manual migration from old Portals to Libguides • Not free
  17. 17. Libguides • Experiences & Lessons Learnt Team approach is better Benchmarking Value-add New skills and competencies Input & feedback Sharing templates Used as course guides, readers advisory, etc
  18. 18. CHALLENGES • Target key academics • Positive relationship • Demos to Schools • Cross linking School websites and Libguides • Possibility for Classroom & Libguides integration • Regular updates • Student Training • Presentations - Senate Library Committee, 2011
  19. 19. CONCLUSION • Libguides are an effective, efficient, user friendly web 2.0 technology - a gateway to vast information resources • What Libguides have done for Wits Personal gratification Subject knowledge Increased usage of electronic resources Information literate user
  20. 20. Thank you. Questions?
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