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  • 1. LibGuides @ BC: A New Generation of Research Guides Ken Liss, Boston College Libraries NELINET, October 19, 2007
  • 2. Out with the old…. Nuts and Bolts: Implementing Web 2.0 LibGuides @ BC
  • 3. … .and in with the new Nuts and Bolts: Implementing Web 2.0 LibGuides @ BC
  • 4. Nuts and Bolts: Implementing Web 2.0 LibGuides @ BC
    • The Old : Research Guides at Boston College
    • The New : LibGuides @ BC
    • The Transition : From Idea to Reality
    • The Future : Next Steps
    LibGuides @ BC: A New Generation of Research Guides
  • 5. Nuts and Bolts: Implementing Web 2.0 LibGuides @ BC
    • Legacy of print pathfinders
    • Text heavy
    • Static format
    • Single scrolling page
    • No author access
    • No timely updating
    The Old: Research Guides at Boston College
  • 6. Nuts and Bolts: Implementing Web 2.0 LibGuides @ BC
    • Flexible formatting
    • Tabs and content boxes
    • Images
    • Easy author access
    • Instant updating
    LibGuides: Advantages
  • 7. Nuts and Bolts: Implementing Web 2.0 LibGuides @ BC
    • Tagging
    • Embedded RSS
    • Embedded Video
    • Chat Widgets
    • User Comments
    • User Ratings
    • Facebook Access
    LibGuides: 2.0 Features
  • 8. Nuts and Bolts: Implementing Web 2.0 LibGuides @ BC LibGuides: 2.0 Features RSS Tagging Facebook Access Chat User Ratings
  • 9. Nuts and Bolts: Implementing Web 2.0 LibGuides @ BC “ We can only build emergent systems if we have radical trust. With an emergent system, we build something without setting in stone what it will be or trying to control all that it will be. We allow and encourage participants to shape and sculpt and be co-creators of the system.” - Darlene Fichter, University of Saskatchewan Libraries. “ Library 2.0 and Radical Trust: A First Take ,” Blog on the Side , April 6, 2006 Library 2.0 & Radical Trust … for librarians, too!
  • 10. Nuts and Bolts: Implementing Web 2.0 LibGuides @ BC Behind the Scenes: Adding Content
  • 11. Nuts and Bolts: Implementing Web 2.0 LibGuides @ BC Behind the Scenes: Adding A Text Box
  • 12. Nuts and Bolts: Implementing Web 2.0 LibGuides @ BC Behind the Scenes: Simple Web Link Box Add a Link Mouseover on Page to View Description Edit Link Box Rearrange Links
  • 13. Nuts and Bolts: Implementing Web 2.0 LibGuides @ BC Behind the Scenes: Web Links With More Information
  • 14. Nuts and Bolts: Implementing Web 2.0 LibGuides @ BC Behind the Scenes: Adding 2.0 Content
  • 15. Nuts and Bolts: Implementing Web 2.0 LibGuides @ BC But What About….
    • External hosting?
    • Quality control?
    • Workload?
    • Design inconsistencies?
    • Integration with Libraries Web site?
    • Statistics & assessment?
  • 16. Nuts and Bolts: Implementing Web 2.0 LibGuides @ BC The Transition: From Idea to Reality June 2007 - LibGuides “discovered” in Facebook; demo account created; first guides built July 2007 – Experimentation by small group; funding proposal submitted Early August 2007 – Approval from library administration August 2007 – Staff training; conversion/creation of 75 new guides August 31, 2007 – Launch of LibGuides @ BC
  • 17. Nuts and Bolts: Implementing Web 2.0 LibGuides @ BC The Transition: From Old to New
    • Accounts created for all subject librarians
    • Hands on training on LibGuides software
    • Content from existing guides moved to LibGuides
      • Cutting & pasting
      • Converting guide sections to separate tabs
      • Consolidating content where possible
      • Fixing bad links, outdated descriptions, etc.
      • Adding new features
    • Coordinating with Webmaster
    • Working with Springshare
  • 18. Nuts and Bolts: Implementing Web 2.0 LibGuides @ BC The Future: Next Steps
    • Market and promote guides
    • Clean up legacy content
    • Move from conversion to innovation
      • Make guides more interactive
      • Take fuller advantage of LibGuides features
      • Share best practices
    • Balance standardization and creativity
    • Integrate guides with new BC Libraries Web site
    • Continue to work with Springshare to upgrade product
  • 19. Nuts and Bolts: Implementing Web 2.0 LibGuides @ BC Links and Contact Info LibGuides @ BC – http://libguides.bc.edu About LibGuides @ BC – http://libguides.bc.edu/aboutlibguides Other LibGuides Library Sites - http://demo.libguides.com/selectsite.php Springshare LibGuides Page - http://www.springshare.com/libguides/index.html Demo Accounts - http://www.springshare.com/libguides/demo.html Ken Liss, Communication Librarian, Boston College [email_address] | 617-552-2183 | Or find me in Facebook
  • 20. Nuts and Bolts: Implementing Web 2.0 LibGuides @ BC QUESTIONS? Ken Liss, Communication Librarian, Boston College [email_address] | 617-552-2183 | Or find me in Facebook