Welcome! Knowing how to use Springshare to create LibGuides is important. However, as the popularity of LibGuides increases, more and more librarians and information services professionals believe that LibGuides can be powerful tools that actively reflect and contribute to the research done by those that use them.
LibGuides do not need to function only as biliographies of research resources or manuscripts particular to a specific field or discipline, but they can actively engage the manner in which students and faculty complete research and they can serve as a bridge between academic departments and library services.
In this guide, we will assume that you know the basic ins and outs of the Springshare LibGuide system and are capable of using its functions. If you are unsure how to create a LibGuide or want to get a better idea of how other university libraries use LibGuides, be sure to visit the appropriate link in the box named "Additional Information." These links will direct you to the appropriate LibGuide within the Springshare community. In addition to these guides, be sure to click on the appropriate tab in order to find the information best suited for your task or concern. In order to receive information pertinent to organizing tabs, click on the ORGANIZING TABS tab. To learn about how to better organize the pages maintained in your LibGuide, click on the ORGANIZING PAGES tab. To discover the different boxes that will help you distribute and manage content, click on the BOX CATEGORIES tab.
As a subject librarian, you probably spend a lot of time and effort locating research materials for the academic departments that you serve. Do those departments know about your work and the research guides that you create? One of the major issues currently facing subject librarians is how to best market resources particular to the fields that they represent. The LiBGuide offers you the opportunity to help this situation. Be sure to:
Have you created a LibGuide that you really like and that meets the research needs of the academic department or course for which it was written? Did another Librarian create a LibGuide that you want to model? Do you need to create another guide?
Finally, consider your LibGuide as a means of communicating information to the department that your Guide represents. In order to best fulfill this capability, be sure to:
These suggestions will not only contribute to your ability to market library resources to the departments that you serve, but they will enhance your customers ability to conduct research in an efficient way.
In addition to a Welcome Box, it is worth considering what content you feel should appear on your LibGuide's homepage. While this decision requires some flexibility and should reflect the guide's intent and purpose, overloading the homepage with content can overwhelm users rather than direct them to specific services and capabilities that you would like to underscore throughout your LibGuide.
Remember, the homepage should be a landing page that may underscore core services and resources and direct users/customers to other pages that contain important resources. Are there specific resources or services that your customers need? The homepage can be a great place to underscore those resources.
Depending on your LibGuide, you may want to highlight key Library resources in order to immediately introduce customers to helpful information with which they might not be immediately familar.
Need help? The following links provide important information contained within the Springshare community.
Want to post content to your LibGuides as you browse the Internet? On your admin page, select the "Post to Lib Guides Button for your Browser." This link will direct you to the instruction page whereby you can install the button that will allow you to add content to your LibGuide(s) as you browse the Internet.
Trying to figure out what to place in your peripheral boxes? Given that we are on the Welcome page, perhaps it may be useful to create a "Links to Guides" Box that will direct your users to other LibGuides that are either of great importance or that match the discipline that your guide represents. This not only gives customers the option to conduct more thorough research if they need to do so, but also provides them with a breadth of information that may be of specific importance to them. At the very least, it gives customers an idea of the kind of work that subject librarians accomplish and allows them to find information about those librarians and their work, which may be useful for students seeking research help or instruction.
Sometimes creating a box specifically for marketing new books can liven your LibGuide. By creating a "Books Box" that introduces customers to the new books that have arrived, you can alert customers to new scholarship that may be of great importance.