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Beyond Research Guides


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Carol Sabbar, Director of Library and Instructional Technology Services, Carthage College

LibGuides is an amazing tool to provide, present, and promote library research resources to your community. But it can also present other various tools outside of traditional bibliographic instruction. See how Carthage College has leveraged LibGuides to promote resources and tools for statistics, language learning, preparation for grad school exams and more. We have implemented this in our academic library, but we think our uses will inspire libraries of many types to use this powerful tool in new and creative ways.

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Beyond Research Guides

  1. 1. Carol Sabbar Carthage College Hedberg Library Kenosha, WI
  2. 2. Hedberg Library is the academic library for Carthage College. Founded in 1847, Carthage is a four-year, private college of the liberal arts and sciences in Kenosha, Wisconsin. With about 2,600 full-time undergrads, a small graduate program, about 150 faculty and approximately 200 staff. Library and Information Services includes library, media, and information technology services.
  3. 3. The Carthage library staff includes… /liaisons
  4. 4. We have many of the same tools as you all do: ● Our web site: ● Our catalog: WorldCat Local from OCLC ● Subject guides and access to databases using the LibGuides platform:
  5. 5. ● Some libraries build their whole library site on it. Not us. ● Since we are involved in many areas that are not traditionally “library,” we use if for those, too...
  6. 6. ● It’s the perfect platform to build a research center: ● With subject guides, like: ● And database lists: ● And various tools like Ebsco A to Z, chat...
  7. 7. Since libguides is the perfect platform to present the resources that you have, choose to showcase resources the people might not otherwise find or know about: ● Graduate and other exam prep -
  8. 8. ● You can post how-to’s in PDF or video ● Post your videos on YouTube or elsewhere and put the links in LibGuides ● It’s a nice, clean interface with a simple URL: (eLearning is our college LMS, and Chris Grugel is a librarian and our instructional technologist)
  9. 9. Provide the items that people need: ● EdTPA: ● Career services: ● Statistics resources and guides: ● Citing sources: ● Archives:
  10. 10. Enlist students or others to add what THEY use ● Chinese ● French ● German ● Japanese ● Spanish ● Latin ● Hindi/Urdu ● Korean
  11. 11. ● Lose the “that’s not what we do” mentality ● Remember how much you love connecting people with information, and embrace it ● LISTEN to your patrons ● Get ideas from others