libguides

I am just curious to hear any feedback about LibGuides. We are talking about using the service. How easy is it to use? How much work is really involved in setting it up?

Steve

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RE: libguides

Our experience with LibGuides has been very positive. Setup consists of little other than providing some pre- and post- template code to localize the site's look (much like other hosted resources such as Symplicity). Our librarians have been using it avidly for several years, even applying it to library information that is less bibliographic in nature, which I would say attests to its ease of use.

Paul

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Sent: Monday, February 17, 2014 2:51 PM
To: Teknoids (teknoids@ruckus.law.cornell.edu)
Subject: [teknoids] libguides

I am just curious to hear any feedback about LibGuides. We are talking about using the service. How easy is it to use? How much work is really involved in setting it up?

Steve

RE: libguides

We have been using LibGuides at Widener for several years. I didn't set it
up originally but the person who did told me it wasn't difficult. The
Libguides are vastly easier to edit than the CMS for our webpage, which is
clunky and has a limited number of "seats" for editors so I used to have to
update all of our research pages. Now all of the librarians can update
their own. I also like the way it lets you set up content boxes that you
can use on multiple LibGuides. For instance I can make a box that explains
how to use our databases from off-campus and just put it on every LibGuide
which saves a lot of time.

Janet

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RE: RE: libguides

I can see how it would be great if there wasn't someone savvy with Drupal on staff, but of the features I've seen, I'm not really impressed. Then again, there are a lot of libraries on it, so I guess it does something right.

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Sent: Monday, February 17, 2014 3:33 PM
To: Teknoids
Subject: Re: [teknoids] RE: libguides

We have been using LibGuides at Widener for several years. I didn't set it up originally but the person who did told me it wasn't difficult. The Libguides are vastly easier to edit than the CMS for our webpage, which is clunky and has a limited number of "seats" for editors so I used to have to update all of our research pages. Now all of the librarians can update their own. I also like the way it lets you set up content boxes that you can use on multiple LibGuides. For instance I can make a box that explains how to use our databases from off-campus and just put it on every LibGuide which saves a lot of time.

Janet

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Sent: Monday, February 17, 2014 2:51 PM
To: Teknoids (teknoids@ruckus.law.cornell.edu)
Subject: [teknoids] libguides

I am just curious to hear any feedback about LibGuides. We are talking about using the service. How easy is it to use? How much work is really involved in setting it up?

Steve

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RE: libguides

I can certainly echo the positive sentiments that have already been voiced. I would also add that there's a new LibGuides2 platform being rolled out now that looks like it will be even easier to use and has several more customization possibilities, such as sidebar navigation rather than having to use tabs across the top of the page (you get the choice) and newer layout options. I think this will only add to people's enjoyment of the platform. Also, I have found Springshare, the company behind LibGuides, to have some of the best customer service I have worked with; they are both prompt and accommodating. I most definitely recommend LibGuides. They have been popular with our students and faculty as much as with our librarians.

Ashley

Sent from my iPad

On Feb 17, 2014, at 3:34 PM, "Nathan DeGruchy" <ndegruchy@fcsl.edu> wrote:

I can see how it would be great if there wasn’t someone savvy with Drupal on staff, but of the features I’ve seen, I’m not really impressed. Then again, there are a lot of libraries on it, so I guess it does something right.

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Sent: Monday, February 17, 2014 3:33 PM
To: Teknoids
Subject: Re: [teknoids] RE: libguides

We have been using LibGuides at Widener for several years. I didn't set it up originally but the person who did told me it wasn't difficult. The Libguides are vastly easier to edit than the CMS for our webpage, which is clunky and has a limited number of "seats" for editors so I used to have to update all of our research pages. Now all of the librarians can update their own. I also like the way it lets you set up content boxes that you can use on multiple LibGuides. For instance I can make a box that explains how to use our databases from off-campus and just put it on every LibGuide which saves a lot of time.

Janet

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Sent: Monday, February 17, 2014 2:51 PM
To: Teknoids (teknoids@ruckus.law.cornell.edu)
Subject: [teknoids] libguides

I am just curious to hear any feedback about LibGuides. We are talking about using the service. How easy is it to use? How much work is really involved in setting it up?

Steve

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RE: RE: libguides

I second that emotion, Ashley! Steve, we've used LibGuides for a couple of years now and it's pretty hassle-free. The tutorial material is reasonable and accessible and new users get their sea legs pretty quickly. It's easy to create new accounts and deactivate old ones. The customer service from the Springy Folk is excellent. They genuinely want users to be happy with the product and will go the distance to address your concerns. We liked LibGuides so much that we upgraded this year to be able to use the quiz feature. It's made a lot of routine tasks easier.

Cheers,
Rebekah

Rebekah K. Maxwell
Associate Director for Library Operations
Coleman Karesh Law Library
University of South Carolina School of Law
701 S. Main Street
Columbia, SC 29208
803-777-1725
803-777-9405 (fax)

From: teknoids-bounces@ruckus.law.cornell.edu [mailto:teknoids-bounces@ruckus.law.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Ahlbrand, Ashley Ames
Sent: Monday, February 17, 2014 5:24 PM
To: Teknoids
Subject: Re: [teknoids] RE: libguides

I can certainly echo the positive sentiments that have already been voiced. I would also add that there's a new LibGuides2 platform being rolled out now that looks like it will be even easier to use and has several more customization possibilities, such as sidebar navigation rather than having to use tabs across the top of the page (you get the choice) and newer layout options. I think this will only add to people's enjoyment of the platform. Also, I have found Springshare, the company behind LibGuides, to have some of the best customer service I have worked with; they are both prompt and accommodating. I most definitely recommend LibGuides. They have been popular with our students and faculty as much as with our librarians.

Ashley

Sent from my iPad

On Feb 17, 2014, at 3:34 PM, "Nathan DeGruchy" <ndegruchy@fcsl.edu> wrote:
I can see how it would be great if there wasn't someone savvy with Drupal on staff, but of the features I've seen, I'm not really impressed. Then again, there are a lot of libraries on it, so I guess it does something right.

From: teknoids-bounces@ruckus.law.cornell.edu [mailto:teknoids-bounces@ruckus.law.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Janet Lindenmuth
Sent: Monday, February 17, 2014 3:33 PM
To: Teknoids
Subject: Re: [teknoids] RE: libguides

We have been using LibGuides at Widener for several years. I didn't set it up originally but the person who did told me it wasn't difficult. The Libguides are vastly easier to edit than the CMS for our webpage, which is clunky and has a limited number of "seats" for editors so I used to have to update all of our research pages. Now all of the librarians can update their own. I also like the way it lets you set up content boxes that you can use on multiple LibGuides. For instance I can make a box that explains how to use our databases from off-campus and just put it on every LibGuide which saves a lot of time.

Janet

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Sent: Monday, February 17, 2014 2:51 PM
To: Teknoids (teknoids@ruckus.law.cornell.edu)
Subject: [teknoids] libguides

I am just curious to hear any feedback about LibGuides. We are talking about using the service. How easy is it to use? How much work is really involved in setting it up?

Steve

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RE: RE: libguides

I will also chime in and say how much we love LibGuides. We've had it for almost 3 years and while the initial set up happened shortly before I arrived at UK, I'm told it was pretty straightforward. If you can jump on board directly to the new LibGuides platform they are rolling out, that looks like it will be even more user-friendly than the existing version. And the customer service at Springshare is possibly the best I've ever worked with; very responsive and willing to think out potential customizations with you.

It was so much easier to create content on LibGuides we moved our entire law library site onto the platform about 18 months ago. Ultimately we didn't transfer all that much content to LibGuides since we had been creating most of our new content there anyway - printing guides, ILL information, you name it; it was easier to work with and more flexible for content organization than the subpages we had on the law school's site. We also felt that the move gave us a more unified look to our website instead of pieces on the law school website and pieces on LibGuides. However, you can also customize the CSS of a LibGuides system if you have someone with some css/html skills and want to take the time to integrate it visually with your existing site; Oregon State Libraries has done a really nice job with that.

Best,
Tina

Tina M. Brooks
Electronic Services Librarian

University of Kentucky
College of Law Library
620 S. Limestone
Lexington, KY 40506

859-257-8347
tina.brooks@uky.edu

From: teknoids-bounces@ruckus.law.cornell.edu [mailto:teknoids-bounces@ruckus.law.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of MAXWELL, REBEKAH
Sent: Monday, February 17, 2014 5:30 PM
To: 'Teknoids'
Subject: RE: [teknoids] RE: libguides

I second that emotion, Ashley! Steve, we've used LibGuides for a couple of years now and it's pretty hassle-free. The tutorial material is reasonable and accessible and new users get their sea legs pretty quickly. It's easy to create new accounts and deactivate old ones. The customer service from the Springy Folk is excellent. They genuinely want users to be happy with the product and will go the distance to address your concerns. We liked LibGuides so much that we upgraded this year to be able to use the quiz feature. It's made a lot of routine tasks easier.

Cheers,
Rebekah

Rebekah K. Maxwell
Associate Director for Library Operations
Coleman Karesh Law Library
University of South Carolina School of Law
701 S. Main Street
Columbia, SC 29208
803-777-1725
803-777-9405 (fax)

From: teknoids-bounces@ruckus.law.cornell.edu [mailto:teknoids-bounces@ruckus.law.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Ahlbrand, Ashley Ames
Sent: Monday, February 17, 2014 5:24 PM
To: Teknoids
Subject: Re: [teknoids] RE: libguides

I can certainly echo the positive sentiments that have already been voiced. I would also add that there's a new LibGuides2 platform being rolled out now that looks like it will be even easier to use and has several more customization possibilities, such as sidebar navigation rather than having to use tabs across the top of the page (you get the choice) and newer layout options. I think this will only add to people's enjoyment of the platform. Also, I have found Springshare, the company behind LibGuides, to have some of the best customer service I have worked with; they are both prompt and accommodating. I most definitely recommend LibGuides. They have been popular with our students and faculty as much as with our librarians.

Ashley

Sent from my iPad

On Feb 17, 2014, at 3:34 PM, "Nathan DeGruchy" <ndegruchy@fcsl.edu> wrote:
I can see how it would be great if there wasn't someone savvy with Drupal on staff, but of the features I've seen, I'm not really impressed. Then again, there are a lot of libraries on it, so I guess it does something right.

From: teknoids-bounces@ruckus.law.cornell.edu [mailto:teknoids-bounces@ruckus.law.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Janet Lindenmuth
Sent: Monday, February 17, 2014 3:33 PM
To: Teknoids
Subject: Re: [teknoids] RE: libguides

We have been using LibGuides at Widener for several years. I didn't set it up originally but the person who did told me it wasn't difficult. The Libguides are vastly easier to edit than the CMS for our webpage, which is clunky and has a limited number of "seats" for editors so I used to have to update all of our research pages. Now all of the librarians can update their own. I also like the way it lets you set up content boxes that you can use on multiple LibGuides. For instance I can make a box that explains how to use our databases from off-campus and just put it on every LibGuide which saves a lot of time.

Janet

From: teknoids-bounces@ruckus.law.cornell.edu [mailto:teknoids-bounces@ruckus.law.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Melamut, Steven J
Sent: Monday, February 17, 2014 2:51 PM
To: Teknoids (teknoids@ruckus.law.cornell.edu)
Subject: [teknoids] libguides

I am just curious to hear any feedback about LibGuides. We are talking about using the service. How easy is it to use? How much work is really involved in setting it up?

Steve

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RE: RE: libguides

We are looking at migrating from Plone. Has anyone tried Subjects Plus? It looked better than LibGuides to us at first glance. Jonathan

In December, Teresa Coberly posted this:

At the Wise Law library we use the open source product Subjects Plus. http://www.subjectsplus.com/

We use it for Research Guides http://lawlibrary.colorado.edu/SubjectsPlus/subjects/index.php and a database list http://lawlibrary.colorado.edu/SubjectsPlus/subjects/databases.php?lette...

We just started using it at the beginning of last semester and I've been very impressed with the great support provided by the developers through a Google Group and email. The current iteration is v. 2 and the developers are working on v. 3.

Teresa

From: teknoids-bounces@ruckus.law.cornell.edu [mailto:teknoids-bounces@ruckus.law.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Brooks, Tina M
Sent: Tuesday, February 18, 2014 7:49 AM
To: Teknoids
Subject: RE: [teknoids] RE: libguides

I will also chime in and say how much we love LibGuides. We've had it for almost 3 years and while the initial set up happened shortly before I arrived at UK, I'm told it was pretty straightforward. If you can jump on board directly to the new LibGuides platform they are rolling out, that looks like it will be even more user-friendly than the existing version. And the customer service at Springshare is possibly the best I've ever worked with; very responsive and willing to think out potential customizations with you.

It was so much easier to create content on LibGuides we moved our entire law library site onto the platform about 18 months ago. Ultimately we didn't transfer all that much content to LibGuides since we had been creating most of our new content there anyway - printing guides, ILL information, you name it; it was easier to work with and more flexible for content organization than the subpages we had on the law school's site. We also felt that the move gave us a more unified look to our website instead of pieces on the law school website and pieces on LibGuides. However, you can also customize the CSS of a LibGuides system if you have someone with some css/html skills and want to take the time to integrate it visually with your existing site; Oregon State Libraries has done a really nice job with that.

Best,
Tina

Tina M. Brooks
Electronic Services Librarian

University of Kentucky
College of Law Library
620 S. Limestone
Lexington, KY 40506

859-257-8347
tina.brooks@uky.edu

From: teknoids-bounces@ruckus.law.cornell.edu [mailto:teknoids-bounces@ruckus.law.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of MAXWELL, REBEKAH
Sent: Monday, February 17, 2014 5:30 PM
To: 'Teknoids'
Subject: RE: [teknoids] RE: libguides

I second that emotion, Ashley! Steve, we've used LibGuides for a couple of years now and it's pretty hassle-free. The tutorial material is reasonable and accessible and new users get their sea legs pretty quickly. It's easy to create new accounts and deactivate old ones. The customer service from the Springy Folk is excellent. They genuinely want users to be happy with the product and will go the distance to address your concerns. We liked LibGuides so much that we upgraded this year to be able to use the quiz feature. It's made a lot of routine tasks easier.

Cheers,
Rebekah

Rebekah K. Maxwell
Associate Director for Library Operations
Coleman Karesh Law Library
University of South Carolina School of Law
701 S. Main Street
Columbia, SC 29208
803-777-1725
803-777-9405 (fax)

From: teknoids-bounces@ruckus.law.cornell.edu [mailto:teknoids-bounces@ruckus.law.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Ahlbrand, Ashley Ames
Sent: Monday, February 17, 2014 5:24 PM
To: Teknoids
Subject: Re: [teknoids] RE: libguides

I can certainly echo the positive sentiments that have already been voiced. I would also add that there's a new LibGuides2 platform being rolled out now that looks like it will be even easier to use and has several more customization possibilities, such as sidebar navigation rather than having to use tabs across the top of the page (you get the choice) and newer layout options. I think this will only add to people's enjoyment of the platform. Also, I have found Springshare, the company behind LibGuides, to have some of the best customer service I have worked with; they are both prompt and accommodating. I most definitely recommend LibGuides. They have been popular with our students and faculty as much as with our librarians.

Ashley

Sent from my iPad

On Feb 17, 2014, at 3:34 PM, "Nathan DeGruchy" <ndegruchy@fcsl.edu> wrote:
I can see how it would be great if there wasn't someone savvy with Drupal on staff, but of the features I've seen, I'm not really impressed. Then again, there are a lot of libraries on it, so I guess it does something right.

From: teknoids-bounces@ruckus.law.cornell.edu [mailto:teknoids-bounces@ruckus.law.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Janet Lindenmuth
Sent: Monday, February 17, 2014 3:33 PM
To: Teknoids
Subject: Re: [teknoids] RE: libguides

We have been using LibGuides at Widener for several years. I didn't set it up originally but the person who did told me it wasn't difficult. The Libguides are vastly easier to edit than the CMS for our webpage, which is clunky and has a limited number of "seats" for editors so I used to have to update all of our research pages. Now all of the librarians can update their own. I also like the way it lets you set up content boxes that you can use on multiple LibGuides. For instance I can make a box that explains how to use our databases from off-campus and just put it on every LibGuide which saves a lot of time.

Janet

From: teknoids-bounces@ruckus.law.cornell.edu [mailto:teknoids-bounces@ruckus.law.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Melamut, Steven J
Sent: Monday, February 17, 2014 2:51 PM
To: Teknoids (teknoids@ruckus.law.cornell.edu)
Subject: [teknoids] libguides

I am just curious to hear any feedback about LibGuides. We are talking about using the service. How easy is it to use? How much work is really involved in setting it up?

Steve

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RE: RE: libguides

Hi Jonathan,

A quick update to the post I made in December about Subject Plus. I think that our Reference Librarians are quite pleased with it. Besides Research Guides and the Database List they have started using it for instructions on student printing, etc. It can be integrated into the look and feel of your website with some pretty basic CSS.

Here is a link to a list of libraries that are using the software - http://subjectsplus.com/wiki/index.php?title=Sites_using_SubjectsPlus If you are looking for law library implementations you can check out our site and UC Hastings.

Take care,
Teresa

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William A. Wise Law Library, University of Colorado Law School
Phone 303-492-4711 : Fax 303-492-2707
teresa.coberly@colorado.edu

From: teknoids-bounces@ruckus.law.cornell.edu [mailto:teknoids-bounces@ruckus.law.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Jonathan A. Franklin
Sent: Tuesday, February 18, 2014 11:37 AM
To: Teknoids
Subject: RE: [teknoids] RE: libguides

We are looking at migrating from Plone. Has anyone tried Subjects Plus? It looked better than LibGuides to us at first glance. Jonathan

In December, Teresa Coberly posted this:

At the Wise Law library we use the open source product Subjects Plus. http://www.subjectsplus.com/

We use it for Research Guides http://lawlibrary.colorado.edu/SubjectsPlus/subjects/index.php and a database list http://lawlibrary.colorado.edu/SubjectsPlus/subjects/databases.php?lette...

We just started using it at the beginning of last semester and I've been very impressed with the great support provided by the developers through a Google Group and email. The current iteration is v. 2 and the developers are working on v. 3.

Teresa

From: teknoids-bounces@ruckus.law.cornell.edu [mailto:teknoids-bounces@ruckus.law.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Brooks, Tina M
Sent: Tuesday, February 18, 2014 7:49 AM
To: Teknoids
Subject: RE: [teknoids] RE: libguides

I will also chime in and say how much we love LibGuides. We've had it for almost 3 years and while the initial set up happened shortly before I arrived at UK, I'm told it was pretty straightforward. If you can jump on board directly to the new LibGuides platform they are rolling out, that looks like it will be even more user-friendly than the existing version. And the customer service at Springshare is possibly the best I've ever worked with; very responsive and willing to think out potential customizations with you.

It was so much easier to create content on LibGuides we moved our entire law library site onto the platform about 18 months ago. Ultimately we didn't transfer all that much content to LibGuides since we had been creating most of our new content there anyway - printing guides, ILL information, you name it; it was easier to work with and more flexible for content organization than the subpages we had on the law school's site. We also felt that the move gave us a more unified look to our website instead of pieces on the law school website and pieces on LibGuides. However, you can also customize the CSS of a LibGuides system if you have someone with some css/html skills and want to take the time to integrate it visually with your existing site; Oregon State Libraries has done a really nice job with that.

Best,
Tina

Tina M. Brooks
Electronic Services Librarian

University of Kentucky
College of Law Library
620 S. Limestone
Lexington, KY 40506

859-257-8347
tina.brooks@uky.edu

From: teknoids-bounces@ruckus.law.cornell.edu [mailto:teknoids-bounces@ruckus.law.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of MAXWELL, REBEKAH
Sent: Monday, February 17, 2014 5:30 PM
To: 'Teknoids'
Subject: RE: [teknoids] RE: libguides

I second that emotion, Ashley! Steve, we've used LibGuides for a couple of years now and it's pretty hassle-free. The tutorial material is reasonable and accessible and new users get their sea legs pretty quickly. It's easy to create new accounts and deactivate old ones. The customer service from the Springy Folk is excellent. They genuinely want users to be happy with the product and will go the distance to address your concerns. We liked LibGuides so much that we upgraded this year to be able to use the quiz feature. It's made a lot of routine tasks easier.

Cheers,
Rebekah

Rebekah K. Maxwell
Associate Director for Library Operations
Coleman Karesh Law Library
University of South Carolina School of Law
701 S. Main Street
Columbia, SC 29208
803-777-1725
803-777-9405 (fax)

From: teknoids-bounces@ruckus.law.cornell.edu [mailto:teknoids-bounces@ruckus.law.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Ahlbrand, Ashley Ames
Sent: Monday, February 17, 2014 5:24 PM
To: Teknoids
Subject: Re: [teknoids] RE: libguides

I can certainly echo the positive sentiments that have already been voiced. I would also add that there's a new LibGuides2 platform being rolled out now that looks like it will be even easier to use and has several more customization possibilities, such as sidebar navigation rather than having to use tabs across the top of the page (you get the choice) and newer layout options. I think this will only add to people's enjoyment of the platform. Also, I have found Springshare, the company behind LibGuides, to have some of the best customer service I have worked with; they are both prompt and accommodating. I most definitely recommend LibGuides. They have been popular with our students and faculty as much as with our librarians.

Ashley

Sent from my iPad

On Feb 17, 2014, at 3:34 PM, "Nathan DeGruchy" <ndegruchy@fcsl.edu> wrote:
I can see how it would be great if there wasn't someone savvy with Drupal on staff, but of the features I've seen, I'm not really impressed. Then again, there are a lot of libraries on it, so I guess it does something right.

From: teknoids-bounces@ruckus.law.cornell.edu [mailto:teknoids-bounces@ruckus.law.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Janet Lindenmuth
Sent: Monday, February 17, 2014 3:33 PM
To: Teknoids
Subject: Re: [teknoids] RE: libguides

We have been using LibGuides at Widener for several years. I didn't set it up originally but the person who did told me it wasn't difficult. The Libguides are vastly easier to edit than the CMS for our webpage, which is clunky and has a limited number of "seats" for editors so I used to have to update all of our research pages. Now all of the librarians can update their own. I also like the way it lets you set up content boxes that you can use on multiple LibGuides. For instance I can make a box that explains how to use our databases from off-campus and just put it on every LibGuide which saves a lot of time.

Janet

From: teknoids-bounces@ruckus.law.cornell.edu [mailto:teknoids-bounces@ruckus.law.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Melamut, Steven J
Sent: Monday, February 17, 2014 2:51 PM
To: Teknoids (teknoids@ruckus.law.cornell.edu)
Subject: [teknoids] libguides

I am just curious to hear any feedback about LibGuides. We are talking about using the service. How easy is it to use? How much work is really involved in setting it up?

Steve

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RE: RE: libguides

Hi Jonathan,

I'm one of Teresa's reference librarians, and I've been using SubjectsPlus to develop reference guides for about a month now. I also have some experience with LibGuides.

Both platforms are easy to use, and can produce excellent materials. Both are content-box based, which helps with content organization and creating a consistent feel between guides, but which limit the options for formatting somewhat. Both allow you to customize the CSS to change the look of the guides. Both have tools for checking for link-rot and other maintenance features. Both allow you to reuse elements of your guides to speed up your workflow.

LibGuides is a little friendlier to people without html skills when embedding items like video, RSS feeds, and other more advanced media, but this can all be done in SubjectsPlus too, you just need to edit the content of a box in HTML mode. LibGuides are generally organized with tabs, which can make navigating big guides a little easier, but a lot of LibGuide creators fall into the trap of creating too many tabs, which makes it difficult to figure out where the information you want is hidden. LibGuides will automatically check your links weekly and send an email report (I believe this is customizable, but I don't know to what extent). LibGuides has a higher rate of adoption at this point, which means more librarians will be familiar with it, and there are more examples available of guides you might want to imitate.

SubjectsPlus presents the contents as a single page, which means more scrolling, but which can also makes the guides easier to scan quickly and more print-friendly (you can print a LibGuide as one page, but you lose some of the organization of the tabbing). The single-page format can also encourage librarians to be succinct (not always successfully). The default look of SubjectsPlus is a little more modern and attractive (in my opinion) although if you're taking advantage of CSS, this is moot. SubjectsPlus does a better job of adapting the guide to different screen widths, by default. SubjectsPlus does not, to my knowledge, have a tool to automatically check links, so there's more manual maintenance required.

Overall, LibGuides has more well-developed features at this point, but I like the finished result of SubjectsPlus slightly better. We'll see how that changes as they each move on to their next versions.

Thanks,
Scott Uhl

From: Teresa Coberly [mailto:teresa.coberly@Colorado.EDU]
Sent: Tuesday, February 18, 2014 11:51 AM
To: Teknoids
Subject: RE: [teknoids] RE: libguides

Hi Jonathan,

A quick update to the post I made in December about Subject Plus. I think that our Reference Librarians are quite pleased with it. Besides Research Guides and the Database List they have started using it for instructions on student printing, etc. It can be integrated into the look and feel of your website with some pretty basic CSS.

Here is a link to a list of libraries that are using the software - http://subjectsplus.com/wiki/index.php?title=Sites_using_SubjectsPlus If you are looking for law library implementations you can check out our site and UC Hastings.

Take care,
Teresa

---
Teresa Coberly
William A. Wise Law Library, University of Colorado Law School
Phone 303-492-4711 : Fax 303-492-2707
teresa.coberly@colorado.edu

From: teknoids-bounces@ruckus.law.cornell.edu [mailto:teknoids-bounces@ruckus.law.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Jonathan A. Franklin
Sent: Tuesday, February 18, 2014 11:37 AM
To: Teknoids
Subject: RE: [teknoids] RE: libguides

We are looking at migrating from Plone. Has anyone tried Subjects Plus? It looked better than LibGuides to us at first glance. Jonathan

In December, Teresa Coberly posted this:

At the Wise Law library we use the open source product Subjects Plus. http://www.subjectsplus.com/

We use it for Research Guides http://lawlibrary.colorado.edu/SubjectsPlus/subjects/index.php and a database list http://lawlibrary.colorado.edu/SubjectsPlus/subjects/databases.php?lette...

We just started using it at the beginning of last semester and I've been very impressed with the great support provided by the developers through a Google Group and email. The current iteration is v. 2 and the developers are working on v. 3.

Teresa

From: teknoids-bounces@ruckus.law.cornell.edu [mailto:teknoids-bounces@ruckus.law.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Brooks, Tina M
Sent: Tuesday, February 18, 2014 7:49 AM
To: Teknoids
Subject: RE: [teknoids] RE: libguides

I will also chime in and say how much we love LibGuides. We've had it for almost 3 years and while the initial set up happened shortly before I arrived at UK, I'm told it was pretty straightforward. If you can jump on board directly to the new LibGuides platform they are rolling out, that looks like it will be even more user-friendly than the existing version. And the customer service at Springshare is possibly the best I've ever worked with; very responsive and willing to think out potential customizations with you.

It was so much easier to create content on LibGuides we moved our entire law library site onto the platform about 18 months ago. Ultimately we didn't transfer all that much content to LibGuides since we had been creating most of our new content there anyway - printing guides, ILL information, you name it; it was easier to work with and more flexible for content organization than the subpages we had on the law school's site. We also felt that the move gave us a more unified look to our website instead of pieces on the law school website and pieces on LibGuides. However, you can also customize the CSS of a LibGuides system if you have someone with some css/html skills and want to take the time to integrate it visually with your existing site; Oregon State Libraries has done a really nice job with that.

Best,
Tina

Tina M. Brooks
Electronic Services Librarian

University of Kentucky
College of Law Library
620 S. Limestone
Lexington, KY 40506

859-257-8347
tina.brooks@uky.edu

From: teknoids-bounces@ruckus.law.cornell.edu [mailto:teknoids-bounces@ruckus.law.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of MAXWELL, REBEKAH
Sent: Monday, February 17, 2014 5:30 PM
To: 'Teknoids'
Subject: RE: [teknoids] RE: libguides

I second that emotion, Ashley! Steve, we've used LibGuides for a couple of years now and it's pretty hassle-free. The tutorial material is reasonable and accessible and new users get their sea legs pretty quickly. It's easy to create new accounts and deactivate old ones. The customer service from the Springy Folk is excellent. They genuinely want users to be happy with the product and will go the distance to address your concerns. We liked LibGuides so much that we upgraded this year to be able to use the quiz feature. It's made a lot of routine tasks easier.

Cheers,
Rebekah

Rebekah K. Maxwell
Associate Director for Library Operations
Coleman Karesh Law Library
University of South Carolina School of Law
701 S. Main Street
Columbia, SC 29208
803-777-1725
803-777-9405 (fax)

From: teknoids-bounces@ruckus.law.cornell.edu [mailto:teknoids-bounces@ruckus.law.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Ahlbrand, Ashley Ames
Sent: Monday, February 17, 2014 5:24 PM
To: Teknoids
Subject: Re: [teknoids] RE: libguides

I can certainly echo the positive sentiments that have already been voiced. I would also add that there's a new LibGuides2 platform being rolled out now that looks like it will be even easier to use and has several more customization possibilities, such as sidebar navigation rather than having to use tabs across the top of the page (you get the choice) and newer layout options. I think this will only add to people's enjoyment of the platform. Also, I have found Springshare, the company behind LibGuides, to have some of the best customer service I have worked with; they are both prompt and accommodating. I most definitely recommend LibGuides. They have been popular with our students and faculty as much as with our librarians.

Ashley

Sent from my iPad

On Feb 17, 2014, at 3:34 PM, "Nathan DeGruchy" <ndegruchy@fcsl.edu> wrote:
I can see how it would be great if there wasn't someone savvy with Drupal on staff, but of the features I've seen, I'm not really impressed. Then again, there are a lot of libraries on it, so I guess it does something right.

From: teknoids-bounces@ruckus.law.cornell.edu [mailto:teknoids-bounces@ruckus.law.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Janet Lindenmuth
Sent: Monday, February 17, 2014 3:33 PM
To: Teknoids
Subject: Re: [teknoids] RE: libguides

We have been using LibGuides at Widener for several years. I didn't set it up originally but the person who did told me it wasn't difficult. The Libguides are vastly easier to edit than the CMS for our webpage, which is clunky and has a limited number of "seats" for editors so I used to have to update all of our research pages. Now all of the librarians can update their own. I also like the way it lets you set up content boxes that you can use on multiple LibGuides. For instance I can make a box that explains how to use our databases from off-campus and just put it on every LibGuide which saves a lot of time.

Janet

From: teknoids-bounces@ruckus.law.cornell.edu [mailto:teknoids-bounces@ruckus.law.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Melamut, Steven J
Sent: Monday, February 17, 2014 2:51 PM
To: Teknoids (teknoids@ruckus.law.cornell.edu)
Subject: [teknoids] libguides

I am just curious to hear any feedback about LibGuides. We are talking about using the service. How easy is it to use? How much work is really involved in setting it up?

Steve

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RE: RE: libguides

Thanks to everyone for the feedback. We are going to start using LibGuides which is already in use at the academic libraries on the UNC Chapel Hill campus. The software sounds like it will do the job nicely.

Steve

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RE: libguides

Just to say, I think you can do a visual editor in Subjectsplus by
installing this
https://github.com/subjectsplus/SubjectsPlus/tree/master/ckeditor .
But, I have not worked much with Subjectsplus, so haven't done this.
CKeditor was round about to install in Drupal.

-Wilhelmina Randtke

On Wed, Feb 19, 2014 at 11:43 AM, Scott C. Uhl <Scott.Uhl@colorado.edu> wrote:
> Hi Jonathan,
>
>
>
> I'm one of Teresa's reference librarians, and I've been using SubjectsPlus
> to develop reference guides for about a month now. I also have some
> experience with LibGuides.
>
>
>
> Both platforms are easy to use, and can produce excellent materials. Both
> are content-box based, which helps with content organization and creating a
> consistent feel between guides, but which limit the options for formatting
> somewhat. Both allow you to customize the CSS to change the look of the
> guides. Both have tools for checking for link-rot and other maintenance
> features. Both allow you to reuse elements of your guides to speed up your
> workflow.
>
>
>
> LibGuides is a little friendlier to people without html skills when
> embedding items like video, RSS feeds, and other more advanced media, but
> this can all be done in SubjectsPlus too, you just need to edit the content
> of a box in HTML mode. LibGuides are generally organized with tabs, which
> can make navigating big guides a little easier, but a lot of LibGuide
> creators fall into the trap of creating too many tabs, which makes it
> difficult to figure out where the information you want is hidden. LibGuides
> will automatically check your links weekly and send an email report (I
> believe this is customizable, but I don't know to what extent). LibGuides
> has a higher rate of adoption at this point, which means more librarians
> will be familiar with it, and there are more examples available of guides
> you might want to imitate.
>
>
>
> SubjectsPlus presents the contents as a single page, which means more
> scrolling, but which can also makes the guides easier to scan quickly and
> more print-friendly (you can print a LibGuide as one page, but you lose some
> of the organization of the tabbing). The single-page format can also
> encourage librarians to be succinct (not always successfully). The default
> look of SubjectsPlus is a little more modern and attractive (in my opinion)
> although if you're taking advantage of CSS, this is moot. SubjectsPlus does
> a better job of adapting the guide to different screen widths, by default.
> SubjectsPlus does not, to my knowledge, have a tool to automatically check
> links, so there's more manual maintenance required.
>
>
>
> Overall, LibGuides has more well-developed features at this point, but I
> like the finished result of SubjectsPlus slightly better. We'll see how
> that changes as they each move on to their next versions.
>
>
>
> Thanks,
>
> Scott Uhl
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
> From: Teresa Coberly [mailto:teresa.coberly@Colorado.EDU]
> Sent: Tuesday, February 18, 2014 11:51 AM
>
>
> To: Teknoids
> Subject: RE: [teknoids] RE: libguides
>
>
>
> Hi Jonathan,
>
>
>
> A quick update to the post I made in December about Subject Plus. I think
> that our Reference Librarians are quite pleased with it. Besides Research
> Guides and the Database List they have started using it for instructions on
> student printing, etc. It can be integrated into the look and feel of your
> website with some pretty basic CSS.
>
>
>
> Here is a link to a list of libraries that are using the software -
> http://subjectsplus.com/wiki/index.php?title=Sites_using_SubjectsPlus If
> you are looking for law library implementations you can check out our site
> and UC Hastings.
>
>
>
> Take care,
>
> Teresa
>
>
>
>
>
> ---
>
> Teresa Coberly
>
> William A. Wise Law Library, University of Colorado Law School
>
> Phone 303-492-4711 : Fax 303-492-2707
>
> teresa.coberly@colorado.edu
>
>
>
>
>
> From: teknoids-bounces@ruckus.law.cornell.edu
> [mailto:teknoids-bounces@ruckus.law.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Jonathan A.
> Franklin
> Sent: Tuesday, February 18, 2014 11:37 AM
> To: Teknoids
> Subject: RE: [teknoids] RE: libguides
>
>
>
> We are looking at migrating from Plone. Has anyone tried Subjects Plus? It
> looked better than LibGuides to us at first glance. Jonathan
>
>
>
> In December, Teresa Coberly posted this:
>
>
>
> At the Wise Law library we use the open source product Subjects Plus.
> http://www.subjectsplus.com/
>
>
>
> We use it for Research Guides
> http://lawlibrary.colorado.edu/SubjectsPlus/subjects/index.php and a
> database list
> http://lawlibrary.colorado.edu/SubjectsPlus/subjects/databases.php?lette...
>
>
>
> We just started using it at the beginning of last semester and I've been
> very impressed with the great support provided by the developers through a
> Google Group and email. The current iteration is v. 2 and the developers
> are working on v. 3.
>
>
>
> Teresa
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
> From: teknoids-bounces@ruckus.law.cornell.edu
> [mailto:teknoids-bounces@ruckus.law.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Brooks, Tina M
> Sent: Tuesday, February 18, 2014 7:49 AM
> To: Teknoids
> Subject: RE: [teknoids] RE: libguides
>
>
>
> I will also chime in and say how much we love LibGuides. We've had it for
> almost 3 years and while the initial set up happened shortly before I
> arrived at UK, I'm told it was pretty straightforward. If you can jump on
> board directly to the new LibGuides platform they are rolling out, that
> looks like it will be even more user-friendly than the existing version.
> And the customer service at Springshare is possibly the best I've ever
> worked with; very responsive and willing to think out potential
> customizations with you.
>
>
>
> It was so much easier to create content on LibGuides we moved our entire law
> library site onto the platform about 18 months ago. Ultimately we didn't
> transfer all that much content to LibGuides since we had been creating most
> of our new content there anyway - printing guides, ILL information, you name
> it; it was easier to work with and more flexible for content organization
> than the subpages we had on the law school's site. We also felt that the
> move gave us a more unified look to our website instead of pieces on the law
> school website and pieces on LibGuides. However, you can also customize the
> CSS of a LibGuides system if you have someone with some css/html skills and
> want to take the time to integrate it visually with your existing site;
> Oregon State Libraries has done a really nice job with that.
>
>
>
> Best,
>
> Tina
>
>
>
> Tina M. Brooks
>
> Electronic Services Librarian
>
>
>
> University of Kentucky
>
> College of Law Library
>
> 620 S. Limestone
>
> Lexington, KY 40506
>
>
>
> 859-257-8347
>
> tina.brooks@uky.edu
>
>
>
> From: teknoids-bounces@ruckus.law.cornell.edu
> [mailto:teknoids-bounces@ruckus.law.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of MAXWELL,
> REBEKAH
> Sent: Monday, February 17, 2014 5:30 PM
> To: 'Teknoids'
> Subject: RE: [teknoids] RE: libguides
>
>
>
> I second that emotion, Ashley! Steve, we've used LibGuides for a couple of
> years now and it's pretty hassle-free. The tutorial material is reasonable
> and accessible and new users get their sea legs pretty quickly. It's easy
> to create new accounts and deactivate old ones. The customer service from
> the Springy Folk is excellent. They genuinely want users to be happy with
> the product and will go the distance to address your concerns. We liked
> LibGuides so much that we upgraded this year to be able to use the quiz
> feature. It's made a lot of routine tasks easier.
>
>
>
> Cheers,
>
> Rebekah
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
> Rebekah K. Maxwell
>
> Associate Director for Library Operations
>
> Coleman Karesh Law Library
>
> University of South Carolina School of Law
>
> 701 S. Main Street
>
> Columbia, SC 29208
>
> 803-777-1725
>
> 803-777-9405 (fax)
>
>
>
> From: teknoids-bounces@ruckus.law.cornell.edu
> [mailto:teknoids-bounces@ruckus.law.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Ahlbrand,
> Ashley Ames
> Sent: Monday, February 17, 2014 5:24 PM
> To: Teknoids
> Subject: Re: [teknoids] RE: libguides
>
>
>
> I can certainly echo the positive sentiments that have already been voiced.
> I would also add that there's a new LibGuides2 platform being rolled out now
> that looks like it will be even easier to use and has several more
> customization possibilities, such as sidebar navigation rather than having
> to use tabs across the top of the page (you get the choice) and newer layout
> options. I think this will only add to people's enjoyment of the platform.
> Also, I have found Springshare, the company behind LibGuides, to have some
> of the best customer service I have worked with; they are both prompt and
> accommodating. I most definitely recommend LibGuides. They have been
> popular with our students and faculty as much as with our librarians.
>
>
>
> Ashley
>
> Sent from my iPad
>
>
> On Feb 17, 2014, at 3:34 PM, "Nathan DeGruchy" <ndegruchy@fcsl.edu> wrote:
>
> I can see how it would be great if there wasn't someone savvy with Drupal on
> staff, but of the features I've seen, I'm not really impressed. Then again,
> there are a lot of libraries on it, so I guess it does something right.
>
>
>
> From: teknoids-bounces@ruckus.law.cornell.edu
> [mailto:teknoids-bounces@ruckus.law.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Janet
> Lindenmuth
> Sent: Monday, February 17, 2014 3:33 PM
> To: Teknoids
> Subject: Re: [teknoids] RE: libguides
>
>
>
> We have been using LibGuides at Widener for several years. I didn't set it
> up originally but the person who did told me it wasn't difficult. The
> Libguides are vastly easier to edit than the CMS for our webpage, which is
> clunky and has a limited number of "seats" for editors so I used to have to
> update all of our research pages. Now all of the librarians can update their
> own. I also like the way it lets you set up content boxes that you can use
> on multiple LibGuides. For instance I can make a box that explains how to
> use our databases from off-campus and just put it on every LibGuide which
> saves a lot of time.
>
>
>
> Janet
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
> From: teknoids-bounces@ruckus.law.cornell.edu
> [mailto:teknoids-bounces@ruckus.law.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Melamut,
> Steven J
> Sent: Monday, February 17, 2014 2:51 PM
> To: Teknoids (teknoids@ruckus.law.cornell.edu)
> Subject: [teknoids] libguides
>
>
>
> I am just curious to hear any feedback about LibGuides. We are talking
> about using the service. How easy is it to use? How much work is really
> involved in setting it up?
>
>
>
> Steve
>
>
>
>
>
>
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RE: libguides

We've been using LibGuides for many years. Like anything, there are pros
and cons:

Pros:
Easy to use. Almost no training is required.
Creates a consistency of format. Libraries can create a standard guide
format so users know where to expect to find certain kinds of information
no matter what the subject of the guide is.
Easy to manage You can quickly assign new/different owners or editors.
Privacy settings. I often use private guides for faculty and public guides
for students.
Branding. You can easily add your library brand (or, with Campus Guides,
create different brands for different audiences).
Sharing. You can share boxes of information across guides. Edit one box,
and the changes appear in all boxes.

Cons:
Too consistent. It's great that all guides look alike, but now.... all
guides look alike. It can be hard to stand out.
Doesn't stop bad design. Many guides I've seen tend to pile on tabs and
make the titles too long, The navigation can become hard to read.
Boxy. With LibGuides, everything is in a box. The layout can feel very
forced. It's my understanding the new features will help curb this issue
by offering more layout options.
Formatting. Working with consistent fonts and styles can be difficult.
I've had some trouble getting fonts to behave.
Updating. It's one thing to put up a series of excellent guides -- and
quite another to keep all of those guides up to date. But there's no tool
that solves this particular issue, I'm afraid.

If you are familiar with flexible content management systems, say Drupal or
WordPress, LibGuides can seem basic and limiting. However, when getting a
series of guides up and running quickly, it can be a great tool. I'm
excited to see what the new features bring.

Debbie

Debbie Ginsberg, Educational Technology Librarian
IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law Library
565 W. Adams St., Chicago, IL, 60661, 312-906-5673,
dginsberg@kentlaw.iit.edu <dginsberg@kentlaw.iit.edu>

On Tue, Feb 18, 2014 at 9:48 AM, Brooks, Tina M <tina.brooks@uky.edu> wrote:

> I will also chime in and say how much we love LibGuides. We've had it
> for almost 3 years and while the initial set up happened shortly before I
> arrived at UK, I'm told it was pretty straightforward. If you can jump on
> board directly to the new LibGuides platform they are rolling out, that
> looks like it will be even more user-friendly than the existing version.
> And the customer service at Springshare is possibly the best I've ever
> worked with; very responsive and willing to think out potential
> customizations with you.
>
>
>
> It was so much easier to create content on LibGuides we moved our entire
> law library site onto the platform about 18 months ago. Ultimately we
> didn't transfer all that much content to LibGuides since we had been
> creating most of our new content there anyway - printing guides, ILL
> information, you name it; it was easier to work with and more flexible for
> content organization than the subpages we had on the law school's site.
> We also felt that the move gave us a more unified look to our website
> instead of pieces on the law school website and pieces on LibGuides.
> However, you can also customize the CSS of a LibGuides system if you have
> someone with some css/html skills and want to take the time to integrate it
> visually with your existing site; Oregon State Librarieshas done a really nice job with that.
>
>
>
> Best,
>
> Tina
>
>
>
> Tina M. Brooks
>
> *Electronic Services Librarian*
>
>
>
> University of Kentucky
>
> College of Law Library
>
> 620 S. Limestone
>
> Lexington, KY 40506
>
>
>
> 859-257-8347
>
> tina.brooks@uky.edu
>
>
>
> *From:* teknoids-bounces@ruckus.law.cornell.edu [mailto:
> teknoids-bounces@ruckus.law.cornell.edu] *On Behalf Of *MAXWELL, REBEKAH
> *Sent:* Monday, February 17, 2014 5:30 PM
> *To:* 'Teknoids'
> *Subject:* RE: [teknoids] RE: libguides
>
>
>
> I second that emotion, Ashley! Steve, we've used LibGuides for a couple of
> years now and it's pretty hassle-free. The tutorial material is reasonable
> and accessible and new users get their sea legs pretty quickly. It's easy
> to create new accounts and deactivate old ones. The customer service from
> the Springy Folk is excellent. They genuinely want users to be happy with
> the product and will go the distance to address your concerns. We liked
> LibGuides so much that we upgraded this year to be able to use the quiz
> feature. It's made a lot of routine tasks easier.
>
>
>
> Cheers,
>
> Rebekah
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
> Rebekah K. Maxwell
>
> Associate Director for Library Operations
>
> Coleman Karesh Law Library
>
> University of South Carolina School of Law
>
> 701 S. Main Street
>
> Columbia, SC 29208
>
> 803-777-1725
>
> 803-777-9405 (fax)
>
>
>
> *From:* teknoids-bounces@ruckus.law.cornell.edu [
> mailto:teknoids-bounces@ruckus.law.cornell.edu<teknoids-bounces@ruckus.law.cornell.edu>]
> *On Behalf Of *Ahlbrand, Ashley Ames
> *Sent:* Monday, February 17, 2014 5:24 PM
> *To:* Teknoids
> *Subject:* Re: [teknoids] RE: libguides
>
>
>
> I can certainly echo the positive sentiments that have already been
> voiced. I would also add that there's a new LibGuides2 platform being
> rolled out now that looks like it will be even easier to use and has
> several more customization possibilities, such as sidebar navigation rather
> than having to use tabs across the top of the page (you get the choice) and
> newer layout options. I think this will only add to people's enjoyment of
> the platform. Also, I have found Springshare, the company behind
> LibGuides, to have some of the best customer service I have worked with;
> they are both prompt and accommodating. I most definitely recommend
> LibGuides. They have been popular with our students and faculty as much as
> with our librarians.
>
>
>
> Ashley
>
> Sent from my iPad
>
>
> On Feb 17, 2014, at 3:34 PM, "Nathan DeGruchy" <ndegruchy@fcsl.edu> wrote:
>
> I can see how it would be great if there wasn't someone savvy with
> Drupal on staff, but of the features I've seen, I'm not really impressed.
> Then again, there are a lot of libraries on it, so I guess it does
> *something* right.
>
>
>
> *From:* teknoids-bounces@ruckus.law.cornell.edu [
> mailto:teknoids-bounces@ruckus.law.cornell.edu<teknoids-bounces@ruckus.law.cornell.edu>]
> *On Behalf Of *Janet Lindenmuth
> *Sent:* Monday, February 17, 2014 3:33 PM
> *To:* Teknoids
> *Subject:* Re: [teknoids] RE: libguides
>
>
>
> We have been using LibGuides at Widener for several years. I didn't set it
> up originally but the person who did told me it wasn't difficult. The
> Libguides are vastly easier to edit than the CMS for our webpage, which is
> clunky and has a limited number of "seats" for editors so I used to have to
> update all of our research pages. Now all of the librarians can update
> their own. I also like the way it lets you set up content boxes that you
> can use on multiple LibGuides. For instance I can make a box that explains
> how to use our databases from off-campus and just put it on every LibGuide
> which saves a lot of time.
>
>
>
> Janet
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
> *From:* teknoids-bounces@ruckus.law.cornell.edu [mailto:
> teknoids-bounces@ruckus.law.cornell.edu] *On Behalf Of *Melamut, Steven J
> *Sent:* Monday, February 17, 2014 2:51 PM
> *To:* Teknoids (teknoids@ruckus.law.cornell.edu)
> *Subject:* [teknoids] libguides
>
>
>
> I am just curious to hear any feedback about LibGuides. We are talking
> about using the service. How easy is it to use? How much work is really
> involved in setting it up?
>
>
>
> Steve
>
>
>
>
>
>
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