LibGuides @ Your Library


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LibGuides are a user-friendly, web-based tool that combines all the advantages of wikis, blogs, and social networking in one package. Designed especially for libraries, they allow even techno-timid library staff to create their own web content and showcase library resources. Learn how Omaha Public Library staff has used this tool to create webpages on every possible subject, from genealogy to homelessness, without ever taking a programming class.

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  • Academic, special, public, and K-12 school libraries.
  • Slaven M. Zivkovic, the first webmaster at Orradre Library at Santa Clara University.
  • Ranges between $899/year and $2,999/year ($549 for K-12). Most libraries would be in the lower price range. If you ever decide to cancel LibGuides they will give you all of your data back in an XML format within 30 days of canceling. Then you can repurpose it and reuse it in any way you see fit.
  • Any tech problems—contact LibGuides.
  • Any tech problems—contact LibGuides.
  • And link checker
  • LibGuides @ Your Library

    1. 1. LibGuides @ Your Library Creating Web Content Without Tears Marguerite Miller, Omaha Public Library Martha Grenzeback, Omaha Public Library NLA/NEMA Conference, Oct. 7, 2011, Lincoln
    2. 2. How do you say it? <ul><li>“ Libe” as in “library”? </li></ul><ul><li>“ Lib” as in “liberate yourself from HTML”? </li></ul></br> <head><META http-equiv=&quot;content-type&quot; content=&quot;text/html; charset=iso-8859-1&quot;> OR
    3. 3. What is a LibGuide? <ul><li>Definition: A “content management” subscription service offered by Springshare that allows libraries of all kinds to create and maintain online web pages without any knowledge of computer programming. </li></ul>
    4. 4. About <ul><li>A private company based in New York that designs practical web 2.0 applications specifically for libraries and educational institutions. Founded by a library webmaster! </li></ul><ul><li>LibGuides </li></ul><ul><li>CampusGuides </li></ul><ul><li>CommunityGuides </li></ul><ul><li>LibAnswers </li></ul><ul><li>LibAnalytics </li></ul><ul><li>LibCal </li></ul>
    5. 5. Who uses it? <ul><li>Currently, 35,721 librarians at 2,473 public, academic, special, and school libraries worldwide, who between them have created 189,353 guides! More on the way… </li></ul>
    6. 6. What for? <ul><li>Subject guides </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
    7. 7.
    8. 8. What for? <ul><li>Guides to resources </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
    9. 9.
    10. 10. What for? <ul><li>Coursework </li></ul>
    11. 11. What for? <ul><li>Book clubs and reader’s advisory </li></ul>
    12. 12.
    13. 13. What for? <ul><li>Highlighting special events </li></ul>
    14. 14.
    15. 15. What for? <ul><li>Entire websites </li></ul>
    16. 16. Even NATO uses LibGuides!
    17. 17. <ul><li>Subscription service </li></ul><ul><li>Cost based on # cardholders or FTE students. Free trial available. </li></ul><ul><li>Fully hosted platform, based on templates </li></ul>How do LibGuides work?
    18. 18. Two user roles/access levels <ul><li>Administrator: full access to all pages and all functions; decides system-wide design settings (colors, fonts, branding elements, contacts, etc.) </li></ul>
    19. 19. <ul><li>Librarians: edit the pages that are owned by or assigned to them; decide content, layout, box types, and images that best support their subject. </li></ul>
    20. 20. Basic design <ul><li>A guide consists of pages, each page represented by a tab or subtab. </li></ul><ul><li>One, two, or three columns with content boxes in each. </li></ul><ul><li>Select from boxes with predefined kinds of library content </li></ul>
    21. 21. Different content boxes Books from the catalog RSS feed Database links Link a document Text with hyperlinks
    22. 22. Images, embedded media, & more
    23. 23. Why use LibGuides? <ul><li>Fully hosted </li></ul><ul><li>Easy to delete! </li></ul>
    24. 24. <ul><li>Easy to create: borrow a template from another user, reuse content, or be creative </li></ul>And especially….
    25. 25. A simple list of resources….
    26. 26. … or fancy shmancy
    27. 27. Why ELSE use LibGuides? <ul><li>Visible (comes up in web searches) </li></ul><ul><li>Interactive Web 2.0 features: webchat, integration with social media (Facebook, Twitter), social bookmarking (Delicious, Digg, etc.), comments, polls, tagging, more… </li></ul>
    28. 28. And besides… <ul><li>Automatically delivers mobile-friendly versions </li></ul><ul><li>Easy linking to OPAC and databases </li></ul><ul><li>Automatic link updating; link checker </li></ul>
    29. 29. Handy reports
    30. 30. Support
    31. 31. And more support
    32. 32. And a little more support…. <ul><li>Free webinars, scheduled and on demand. </li></ul>
    33. 33. <ul><li>Blog </li></ul>
    34. 34. <ul><li>Examples </li></ul>
    35. 35. LibGuides @ Omaha Public Library <ul><li>65 guides </li></ul><ul><li>Created by 22 different staff members </li></ul>
    36. 36. Private <ul><li>Staff information </li></ul>
    37. 37. Public <ul><li>Pathfinders, subject guides, resource pages </li></ul>
    38. 38. Questions? <ul><li>Marguerite Miller [email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Martha Grenzeback [email_address] </li></ul>