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  • 1. GAELIC SUMMER TRAINING CAMP15 NOVEMBER 2010
    “LIBGUIDES @ WITS : INFOLIT THROUGH WEB 2.0 TECHNOLOGY”
    XoliswaXanko
    1
    Xoliswa Xanko
    Commerce Library
    University of the Witwatersrand
  • 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. 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
  • 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. Elements of the Subject Portal
    Assignments
    Reference Sources
    Indexes / Databases
    Locating Subject Journals
    Web Resources
    Writing and presenting your work
    Library Resources
  • 6. Elements (cont…)
    Need Information? / Ask a Librarian
    Course Reserves
    Company Information
    Newspapers
    Current Awareness
    Statistics
    Other Libraries
    Guides and Tutorials
  • 7. Subject Portals: Old Model
  • 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. 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. 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
  • 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. Elements of Wits Libguides
    Home
    Library Services
    Reference Sources
    Electronic Resources
    Need Help
    Useful web links
    Basic steps in the Research Process
  • 13. Libguides
  • 14. Libguides
  • 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. LibGuides
    Disadvantages
    Initial setup – time consuming
    Intense & repeated training
    Manual migration from old Portals to Libguides
    Not free
  • 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. 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. 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
  • 20. Thank you.
    Questions?