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Module 5: Innovative online library services for 21st Century Librarians (SUM): LibGuides in Library Research

What are LibGuides

LibGuides is an easy-to-use content management system deployed at thousands of libraries worldwide. Librarians use it to curate knowledge and share information, organize class and subject specific resources, and to create and manage websites. Increase the usage of your library's resources and content by showcasing them in LibGuides.

Create Subject, Course, or Topic Guides

Supplement Information Literacy Efforts.

Conduct Library Instruction Programs.

Manage A-Z Databases List.

Create and Maintain Library Websites and Blogs.

Build a Cloud-based, Secure Staff Intranet.

What can you do with LibGuides

The LibGuide platform allows you to:

  • Organize core and relevant resources in your field into one 24 hour accessible webpage, simply give your students the url.
  • Combine features of social networks, wikis, and blogs on a particular subject
  • Make RSS and podcast feeds, social bookmarking, and user comment technologies easy to use.
  • Anything we create is printable, so it can easily be used as handouts.
  • We can update the information on the page BEFORE, DURING and AFTER you teach a research or library-related lecture, so students can have access to updated material.
  • We can integrate chat technology into your guides for constant communication with staff & students.

 Here are a few examples of the ways instructors can use LibGuides to reinforce information seeking skills within your classes.

  • Research Process
  • Selecting a Topic
  • Constructing Search Strategies
  • Retrieving Sources
  • Distinguishing Sources
  • Citing & Ethical Use of Information

Using LibGuides to offer library service to undergraduate students

(....) LibGuides provide an accessible, easy-to-use method of designing subject-specific portals to library resources. Using the architecture of a specific curriculum to format the layout of the guides has proved effective in terms of increasing their use in the library. In addition to the statistical evidence of use, feedback via the boxes in the guide has been positive, with the average rating of 4 on a scale of 1–5 (n = 14). Comments have also been positive, routinely coming via email, the comments portion of the feedback boxes, and instant message widget on the guide. It is hoped that active partnering with stakeholders, word of mouth amongst first- and second-year students, and their exposure to the guide will increase use of the guide even further in future. (...)

Neves, K., & Dooley, S. J. (2011). Using LibGuides to offer library service to undergraduate medical students based on the case-oriented problem solving curriculum model. Journal of the Medical Library Association : JMLA, 99(1), 94–97.

Using LibGuides for an information literacy tutorial

(....)"LibGuides is an easy-to-use, Web 2.0 information management and Web publishing system that does not require a high level of technology expertise to create Web pages. It combines Web development tools, such as HTML editing software with wikis, blogs, RSS feeds, Web-based videos, and other social networking tools, into one package designed specifically for librarians with or without Web design expertise."(...)

(....)"LibGuides provided the librarians at Bloomsburg University with an easy way to collaborate on the creation of a module-based information literacy tutorial. Its interface allowed for the quick creation of pages, and multiple librarians were able to work together on the project at the same time. Furthermore, the LibGuides tutorial has proven itself easy to update. This ability to share content, including tutorial content, becomes even more crucial as resource sharing becomes the standard in libraries."(...)

Using libguides for an information literacy tutorial: tutorial 2. 0 | yelinek | college & research libraries news. (n.d.). Retrieved from

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