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LibGuides for the Absolute Beginner

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Presentation given by Joshua Clark, UCD Library Outreach Librarian, at the ANLTC Seminar entitled "Using LibGuides: from simple online guides to complete library websites" at University College Dublin (Dublin, Ireland) on March 25, 2015.

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LibGuides for the Absolute Beginner

  1. 1. LibGuides for the Absolute Beginner Josh Clark Outreach Librarian, UCD joshua.clark@ucd.ie
  2. 2. LibGuides - Main Points • Create, edit & customise guides • Guides consist of tabs (pages) containing boxes of various content • LibGuides holds assets (documents, PDFs, PPT, Excel, links, etc.) and images • Guides can be grouped together • Mobile-friendly
  3. 3. Main Points, cont’d • Create templates • Guides & parts of guides can be duplicated & reused • Content can be mirrored • Content can be embedded outside LibGuides via widgets • Different permissions for different users – admin, regular, editor
  4. 4. LibGuides CMS • Organise guides into groups • Customise look & feel of individual guides • Enhanced statistics package • Surveys • 10mb file upload (5 in regular LibGuides) • Password protect guides and restrict access by IP • Enhanced database management
  5. 5. libguides.leedsbeckett.ac.uk
  6. 6. PAGES BOXES (Content)
  7. 7. Content • Guides listing/ Create a new guide • Assets –documents, PDF, excel, etc • Image Manager – all images (graphics, photos, etc.)
  8. 8. All content items are stored here for sharing
  9. 9. Links to your databases for subject guides would go here
  10. 10. All images are stored here for sharing
  11. 11. Tools • Create widgets that can be embedded in any website, blog, etc. • APIs • Link checker – run reports • Search & replace
  12. 12. Statistics
  13. 13. Admin • Manage accounts • Customise look and feel • Manage groups • System settings – options for guides, stats, default layouts • Subjects, tags, URLs
  14. 14. Creating a guide
  15. 15. Editing an existing guide
  16. 16. 25 50 25
  17. 17. Content boxes
  18. 18. Edit or delete
  19. 19. Add various types of content, or reorder content within a box
  20. 20. Various content types in one box 1 2 3
  21. 21. Wrapup/ considerations • LibGuides can be as simple or as complex as you like • Relatively easy CMS for creating & maintaining information • Choose between regular LibGuides & CMS version • Relationship with Library website can become blurred
  22. 22. Thank you Josh Clark Outreach Librarian, UCD email: joshua.clark@ucd.ie @jclark923

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