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Xanko libguides @ wits
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Xanko libguides @ wits
Xanko libguides @ wits
Xanko libguides @ wits
Xanko libguides @ wits
Xanko libguides @ wits
Xanko libguides @ wits
Xanko libguides @ wits
Xanko libguides @ wits
Xanko libguides @ wits
Xanko libguides @ wits
Xanko libguides @ wits
Xanko libguides @ wits
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  • 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. 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/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. 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 Libguides Template 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 have done for Wits Personal gratification Subject knowledge Increased usage of electronic resources Information literate user
  • 20. Thank you. Questions?

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