After many months of development, today we are announcing the availability of the LibGuides Add-on Module. This optional module extends the LibGuides functionality with 3 additional options:
Users can upload images (in any web-recognizable format, i.e. gif, jpg, png) from their computer into the LibGuides boxes via the Rich Text Editor, and the images will be stored on LibGuides servers. The initial storage limit is set to 2 GB per institution, i.e. approx 10,000 images using the average image sizes – more than enough for all practical purposes of using them in your guides. As storage costs decrease we will also increase the storage limits and pass on the savings to your. If you have a need for larger storage space please let us know. The image upload screen is inside the rich text editor, after clicking the “insert/edit image” icon.
The ability for admins to download, on a weekly basis, an XML file with all LibGuides content for your institution. Admins can then use these XML files locally to create data mashups, feed them to the institution’s search appliances, or … use them for any other purpose. This function is available to LibGuides admins under the “Admin Toolkit” page:
Guide owners can create local backups of their guides, in html format, on their computers. We perform daily backups of all our databases but many of our users would like to be able to have a save a copy of their guides on their own computer. Local backup can also come in handy if you accidentally delete a box or a page on your guide – you can quickly rebuild it using data from your local backup. The backup option is found in the “Guide Options” menu, in the upper-right corner of the screen (in guide edit mode).
We are introducing this module as a “beta” until the end of this calendar year. This will give plenty of time (2+ months) to all our clients to try out the module functionality and decide whether this additional functionality is something they want/need in their system. There will be a minimal cost associated with using this module for those institutions that want it, given the increased storage and bandwidth requirements on our servers for users of the module.
Please let us know if you have any questions about this, and keep providing us with the excellent feedback and ideas.