Organizing specific pages can often be difficult. Make sure that each page fulfills the specific function indicated by its respective tab. And remember that images can not only provide your guides with some much needed interest, but can also be research tools in and of themselves. Consider the following images, each of which will direct you to another LibGuide. By examining how other librarians create their LibGuides, you may develop ideas and concepts that may enhance the way in which you create LibGuides. What are the strength and weaknesses of these LibGuides?
Too often, LibGuide pages contain a laundry list of resources that fit the particular heading of the page. While we all want to make sure that our LibGuides accurately reflect the research resources and library services pertinent for the subject or discipline of any particular research guide, the following suggestions can help to enhance the efficiency of your LibGuide and make it more user-friendly.
Following these suggestions will help you get started arranging content in an efficient way that best serves your customers.
Most librarians use three columns when creating LibGuide pages. However, this can often leave the majority of the information in one long middle column with too much white space on the page. When deciding how to organize columns, remember:
INTENTION IS IMPORTANT Make sure that there is intention behind the way in which you organize your columns. Guide users horizontally, not vertically, across important features of the particular page.
DIFFERENT COLUMNS CAN ACCOMPLISH SPECIFIC TASKS Three column pages can work effectively when the far left column serves as a guide or series of instructions that can help support users as well as declutter any information you may want to put in specific boxes. Two columns can work well when you want to give space to lists so that you page does not appear cluttered or constrained. For more information, consult the "Peripheral Boxes" Box on this Page.
Trying to figure out what to place in your peripheral boxes? Let's assume this page is the "Find Articles" page of your LibGuide. Peripheral Boxes can direct users to other resources that may not immediately belong to the list of important databases or electronic journals that you want to underscore in your main content boxes. Try using the "Google Scholar" box in this situation. This box allows customers to browse Google Scholar for resources. Does your library have a LibGuide specifically for finding articles? If so, this may be a good place to use a "Links to Guides Box" in order to direct your customers to the Guide that may help them should they have difficulty searching through databases or electronic journals.