Library Subject Guides:                                                                                                   ...
What do we like about them?• Hosted service• Easy to embed media• No html skills needed (unless you have them  in which ca...
What don’t we like?....not much!• It’s just a content management system.  – Content is created elsewhere (not everyone in ...
The stats:• Total guide views: 69,441 (24 Sept > 17 Dec)  – Guides getting usage at weekends
“How useful is this page out of 5?” (1 = poor, 5= good)                               “An outstanding                     ...
What next?• To note the findings of Springshare’s usability  conference (November 2012):   “I clicked on one once but it w...
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Libguides - Plymouth University implementation

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Rationale for purchasing the Springshare Libguides system and early reflections on usage and feedback.

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  • Why we wanted them.. Use as aide memoir- don’t expect them to read this! (print out rationale….)Seen libguides presentations at Lilac where they said they would try to give a balanced overview of the system but expected it would end up being a sales pitch for springshare – I expect I will do the same!
  • Not so much ‘don’t like’ but to be aware of…Widgets galore! Jstor, ebsco, catalogue search boxes – just copy and paste the code given BUT – authentication! Realisation that our eresource support/internal knowledge is lacking….
  • The promotion of Libguides to new students began on 24 September 2012. We have 22 guides of which 18 are subject guides and 4 are functional or service guides e.g. for Researchers, for Partner Colleges etc.
  • Comments from lecturers:An outstanding resource – the students will find it an immense help I think it will be extremely useful for the students - lots of relevant information and sources for them to go at!all we need at our fingertips on one pagePS the libguides page is a great helpBut:A bit too crowded with lots of info.
  • Focus groups/more student feedbackHope that the new TIS structure will bring us some IT knowledge!!
  • Libguides - Plymouth University implementation

    1. 1. Library Subject Guides: Nicola Cockarill, Kate Russell & Jayne Moss Subject Librarians subjectlibrarians@plymouth.ac.uk everything you need to know in one place! Tailored one stop shop Much of the information is already in Online ‘subjectWe know that students want librarian presence’ existence and it will be a case oftheir library information to be re-packaging hidden links and making them visible.subject related and all in one Subject Guides will add value to classroom teaching sessionsplace. In time for the new and underpin progression from Relevant ‘hidden’ support can be promoted to each subject e.g.:academic year, subject specific an initial introduction to library • geospatial information systems to teaching ofinteractive guides are being Information Literacy skills, such • placement library supportdeveloped by subject librarians • special collections as evaluating information.enabling students to access Subject guides will have ‘findability’ by Subject guides will providesupport at point of need and virtual training support. linking into tulip.wherever they are studying. Resources placed in context An improved student experience Feedback from students show that there is widespread misunderstanding of the purpose A library subject guide can “reduce student of tools such as the Library catalogue, search apprehension”, reassuring students that the systems and help tools. Students type in library recognises what is unique about their their essay questions which return no hits, subject and is actively providing resources Communicating library and research advice tailored to their needs. indicating that students struggle to announcements Miner, J. & Alexander, R. (2010) ‘LibGuides in political science: aSubject guides default to m-view understand our library systems and just want gateway to information literacy and improved student research’, to find what is relevant to them. Journal of Information Literacy, 4 (1) pp. 40-54.on handheld devices. Currently, news is disseminated through committees and email and may not reach Students want information delivered to them Subject guides can potentially provide links all students. Subject guides will contain: instead of having to go looking for it. to subject resources placed within Witt, N. (2011) ‘[Conference key note speech]’, TechnologyView our pilot libguide: contextualised support. Enchanced Learning Conference. Plymouth University, 6 July. • newsfeed of library developmentshttp://plymouth.libguides.com/environm • newsfeed to include hints and tipsent • you said, we did… • adverts for training sessions • 1:1 support bookingsor QR code it:Collaborate: Subject guides will be a high profileYour Subject Librarian would be way to respond to NSS & SPQdelighted to work with you to create feedback.your subject guide.
    2. 2. What do we like about them?• Hosted service• Easy to embed media• No html skills needed (unless you have them in which case you can you can use them!)• Usage stats (albeit broad)• Global cascade if need to make a change
    3. 3. What don’t we like?....not much!• It’s just a content management system. – Content is created elsewhere (not everyone in the team was prepared for this even though our rationale for purchase was to repurpose existing, hidden, materials...)• E-resource linking has been ‘manipulated’ using open source tools e.g. Bit.ly – (need an e-resource manager/role holder with skills in this area which we have lost in recent restructures)
    4. 4. The stats:• Total guide views: 69,441 (24 Sept > 17 Dec) – Guides getting usage at weekends
    5. 5. “How useful is this page out of 5?” (1 = poor, 5= good) “An outstanding resource, the students will find5 it an immense help”4 “all we need at our fingertips on3 one page”2 Education Environmental Science & Chemistry Health1 Management, School of Partner Colleges 0 2 4 6 8 10 12
    6. 6. What next?• To note the findings of Springshare’s usability conference (November 2012): “I clicked on one once but it was too confusing. I didn’t know what to do so I left”. We plan to hold focus groups to – White space is good. gather feedback and help us to – Text everywhere is NOT good. further develop the guides. – The eye should go towards the We hope that once the most important information on transition to the new TIS structure is complete there will screen be additional IT support to help – Colours should not be jarring with deep linking to resources.

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