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    • GAELIC SUMMER TRAINING CAMP15 NOVEMBER 2010
      “LIBGUIDES @ WITS : INFOLIT THROUGH WEB 2.0 TECHNOLOGY”
      XoliswaXanko
      1
      Xoliswa Xanko
      Commerce Library
      University of the Witwatersrand
    • 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
    • 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/alldept.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
    • 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
    • Elements of the Subject Portal
      Assignments
      Reference Sources
      Indexes / Databases
      Locating Subject Journals
      Web Resources
      Writing and presenting your work
      Library Resources
    • Elements (cont…)
      Need Information? / Ask a Librarian
      Course Reserves
      Company Information
      Newspapers
      Current Awareness
      Statistics
      Other Libraries
      Guides and Tutorials
    • Subject Portals: Old Model
    • 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
    • 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
    • Development of Wits Libguides
      Libguides Team
      Decision: Migrate elements and content of old Subject Portals
      Develop a Wits Library LibguidesTemplate for guidance
      Balance standardisation and creativity
      Develop checklist for Quality Control
    • Checklist for Quality Control
      Consistency tab names and order
      Adjustments for disciplines
      Colour & fonts
      Use of Link boxes
      Details of Librarian profile boxes
    • Elements of Wits Libguides
      Home
      Library Services
      Reference Sources
      Electronic Resources
      Need Help
      Useful web links
      Basic steps in the Research Process
    • Libguides
    • Libguides
    • 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
    • LibGuides
      Disadvantages
      Initial setup – time consuming
      Intense & repeated training
      Manual migration from old Portals to Libguides
      Not free
    • 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
    • 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
    • CONCLUSION
      Libguides are an effective, efficient, user friendly web 2.0 technology - a gateway to vast information resources
      What Libguides havedone for Wits
      Personal gratification
      Subject knowledge
      Increased usage of electronic resources
      Information literate user
    • Thank you.
      Questions?