Love Your LibGuides

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Love Your LibGuides

  1. 1. love your libguides Dani Brecher,Instructional Design and Technology Librarian Skillshare #16 August 20, 2013
  2. 2. YOU?
  3. 3. An exercise in futility… “ “ -Strutin, 2008
  4. 4. Galvin, 2005 Why should I care? “ “ -Brecher, 2013
  5. 5. OUTLINE 1. literature review 2. discussion: local best practices
  6. 6. Dani Brecher,ClaremontColleges Library Megan Slemons,EmoryUniversity LibraryFellows
  7. 7. 1. navigation 2. content 3. style 4. marketing 4 WAYSTO LOVEYOUR LIBGUIDE Image from greenweddingshoes.com
  8. 8. NAVIGATION best practice #1: all tabs should fit on one row DESTROYS SPATIAL MEMORY Nielsen, 2007; Ouellette, 2011 CREATES IMPLICIT HIERARCHY
  9. 9. NAVIGATION best practice #2: keep tab labels short Hungerford et al., 2010 VS.
  10. 10. best practice #3: provide alternative navigation to tabs NAVIGATION TAB BLINDNESS On tab blindness: Pittsley & Memmott, 2012; Hungerford et al., 2010
  11. 11. best practice #4: tabs should never redirect to a new webpage NAVIGATION Nielsen, 2007 Image: http://www.flickr.com/photos/life-long-learners/6855728019/
  12. 12. NAVIGATION/CONTENT best practice #5: keep tab organization consistent Where would you find info about the Holocaust? Ouellette, 2011; Jackson & Pellack, 2004
  13. 13. best practice #5a: organize by subject, not format NAVIGATION/CONTENT [Users] do not approach research by format “ “ -Sinkinson et al., 2012 Gilmour, 2010 [Users] do not approach research by format “
  14. 14. CONTENT best practice #6: highlight a few key resources Students are more interested in finding authoritative information from accepted experts…than in using subject guides as a site for their own knowledge production “ “ -Hintz et al., 2010 Gilmour, 2010
  15. 15. CONTENT best practice #7: limit the number of pages in a guide Image from: http://www.flickr.com/photos/langwitches/5800890007/
  16. 16. CONTENT best practice #8: put the important information up front Ouellette, 2011
  17. 17. CONTENT best practice #9: provide annotations for resources Little, 2010; Jackson & Pellak, 2004
  18. 18. CONTENT best practice #10: keep collections current “ -Adebojono, 2010 Links that go nowhere destroy the credibility of library faculty “
  19. 19. STYLE best practice #11: font and formatting should be consistent Springshare, 2013
  20. 20. STYLE best practice #12: avoid library jargon Hintz et al., 2010
  21. 21. STYLE best practice #13: include a librarian profile with photo Adebojono, 2010; Little, 2010
  22. 22. MARKETING best practice #14: avoid social media features Hintz et al., 2010
  23. 23. best practice #15: promote guides to instructors MARKETING Foster et al., 2010
  24. 24. what questions do you have?
  25. 25. Local Best Practices Discussion love your libguide

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