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Lessons From Lib Guides
Lessons From Lib Guides
Lessons From Lib Guides
Lessons From Lib Guides
Lessons From Lib Guides
Lessons From Lib Guides
Lessons From Lib Guides
Lessons From Lib Guides
Lessons From Lib Guides
Lessons From Lib Guides
Lessons From Lib Guides
Lessons From Lib Guides
Lessons From Lib Guides
Lessons From Lib Guides
Lessons From Lib Guides
Lessons From Lib Guides
Lessons From Lib Guides
Lessons From Lib Guides
Lessons From Lib Guides
Lessons From Lib Guides
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Lessons From Lib Guides

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A presentation given to librarians at Baker College on 11/24/2009.

A presentation given to librarians at Baker College on 11/24/2009.

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  • 1. LESSONS FROM LIBGUIDES Laura Harris @ Baker College, 11.24.09
  • 2. Why LibGuides? <ul><li>Online system created by the university was very limited – customization difficult </li></ul><ul><li>LibGuides’ 2.0 features seemed to offer more flexibility </li></ul>
  • 3. How did GVSU do it? <ul><li>We started our contract with LibGuides in late December 2007 </li></ul><ul><li>Didn’t launch until Fall 2008 </li></ul><ul><li>Lots of workshops & how-to documents </li></ul>
  • 4. Our initial guidelines… <ul><li>Minimize white space </li></ul><ul><li>Think about your users </li></ul><ul><li>Quality over quantity; many users don’t bother to scroll, so put the most important information “above the fold” </li></ul><ul><li>While these were good guidelines to begin with, they weren’t enough… </li></ul>
  • 5. Challenges we faced <ul><li>LibGuides is a little too awesome </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Librarians want to use LibGuides for everything </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Advice: define the scope of your guides carefully. Stick to subject guides and course guides, and think carefully before you use LibGuides for something else </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Incomplete understanding of usability guidelines </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Librarians may not understand the reasoning behind the guidelines </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Advice… </li></ul></ul>
  • 6. A few tips on usability <ul><li>Organize by task – “finding articles” rather than “indexes & databases” or “citing sources” rather than “RefWorks” </li></ul><ul><li>Be as brief as possible. Keep in mind that the attention span of the average web user is low. </li></ul><ul><li>Use graphics to show real content, not just to be decorative </li></ul><ul><li>Limit your font styles, colors, etc. </li></ul>
  • 7. So, please don’t do this…
  • 8. Or this…
  • 9. One last challenge… <ul><li>Browsability – Ranganath’s Fourth Rule – “Save the time of the User.” </li></ul><ul><li>We wanted to reduce the number of clicks our users had to make </li></ul>
  • 10. So we did this, but it got a little unwieldy…
  • 11. So this is what we’re trying next
  • 12. Opportunities <ul><li>Springshare is very responsive to customer feedback and suggestions </li></ul><ul><li>Creativity </li></ul><ul><li>Interactivity </li></ul><ul><li>Up-to-date information </li></ul>
  • 13. Creativity
  • 14. Interactivity
  • 15. Up-to-date information
  • 16. Up-to-date information
  • 17. Opportunities for instruction <ul><li>Interactivity – LibGuides provides a ‘feedback’ box type; you can embed many things into LibGuides </li></ul><ul><li>Go where the students are – using LibGuides’ API, you can embed LibGuides boxes directly into Blackboard </li></ul><ul><li>Assessment – guide statistics can show you which links students used the most </li></ul>
  • 18. LibGuides in Blackboard
  • 19. Guide statistics
  • 20. Recommended reading… <ul><li>Jakob Nielsen - usability expert </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Any of his books </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Top Ten Mistakes in Web Design: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.useit.com/alertbox/9605.html </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>113 Design Guidelines for Homepage Usability </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.useit.com/homepageusability/guidelines.html </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Robin Williams - the designer, not the actor </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The Non-Designer's Design Book </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Bad Web Design Features </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.ratz.com/featuresbad.html </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>John Kupersmith – librarian </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Library Terms That Users Understand </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.jkup.net/terms.html </li></ul></ul></ul>
  • 21. More recommended reading… <ul><li>LibGuides Style Guides from Boston College </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://docs.google.com/Doc?docid=dg6z5m5m_93gg37x4dx </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://docs.google.com/Doc?docid=dg6z5m5m_93gg37x4dx </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://docs.google.com/View?docid=dg6z5m5m_92dghmhdd7 </li></ul></ul>
  • 22. <ul><li>Presentation & links available online at: </li></ul><ul><li>http://slideshare.net/rikhei </li></ul>Questions?

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