Archive for September 27, 2007

Excellent LibGuides Review

Special thanks to Scott Pfitzinger over at BiblioTech Web for one of the most glowing LibGuides reviews we have received to date.  Here is an excerpt from his post…

Last week I found out about one of the coolest library technologies that’s come down the pike. It’s a Web 2.0 application designed for Library 2.0. It’s called LibGuides and it’s worth getting excited about.  It’s a system for providing information and resources to library patrons in an engaging and organized way, but without the information providers (mainly librarians) needing to learn code or some complicated system. (I’ll refer to the people creating content in LibGuides as librarians from here on in, although they can certainly be non-librarians.) Statistics are even kept automatically, so you can see how many times each link or file was actually clicked on. They count click-throughs, not page views, so your statistics are more accurate…

Please visit BiblioTech Web at http://www.bibliotechweb.com/archives/2007/09/25/libguides/ for the complete post, and be sure to leave Scott a comment letting him know your thoughts on LibGuides!

Voilà – Diacritics in LibGuides

Good news for our foreign users, as well as for librarians who are subject specialists in foreign languages and literature. We have upgraded LibGuides to include full support for diacritics. Now you can add links, pages, profiles, Guide names, descriptions, etc. and diacritics will work fine. Try it out!

Special thanks to our Swedish friends for helping us out with this issue.

145 and Counting!

Located in Nova Scotia, Dalhousie University is one of the first members of the LibGuides community located outside of the United States.  One of Canada’s leading universities, Dalhousie is widely recognized for outstanding academic quality and teaching, and a broad range of educational and research opportunities.

Since joining Libguides a few months ago, Dalhousie librarians have created an incredible list of 145 subject guides, ranging from Biomedical Engineering to Italian Studies.  I asked Fran Nowakowski, Information Literacy Coordinator at Dalhousie, how they were able to create so much content in so little time, and this is what she had to say:

LibGuides came along at exactly the right time for us. The method we were using for our subject content was not answering our needs but we needed something in place by September. When I saw LibGuides I knew it was what we needed. The interface is very easy to use and the LibGuides team are very responsive to suggestions for improvements particularly the integration of web 2.0 elements such as meebo and del.icio.us tags. The librarians love it because it is so easy to use and enables them to respond quickly to changing needs.

Kudos to everyone at Dalhousie for creating a very impressive research tool for their patrons!

LibGuides at Dalhousie University:
http://libguides.library.dal.ca/

Dalhousie University – Engineering Guides:
http://libguides.library.dal.ca/search.php?search=engineering

Dalhousie University – Business Rearch Guide:
http://libguides.library.dal.ca/content.php?pid=570

Honorable Mentions

There has been quite a bit of blog activity regarding Springshare and LibGuides lately.  Special thanks to the following blogging librarians (blogarians?) for their recent reviews and comments regarding our community!

MichaelRoy @ The Kenyon LIS Blog
Elisabeth @ Elisabeth Leonard on Libraries
Ken @ tracking changes/changing tracks

LibGuides Email Alerts

LibGuides now features email alerts. This new feature enables patrons to stay on top of the latest LibGuides content, and it gives  libraries another way to reach out to their customers and promote library content. Any LibGuides visitor can register for email alerts, and receive an email every time their favorite content is published. A user can choose to get an email every time a new Guide is published, or every time a new guide with certain tags (keywords) is published, or – last but not least – every time their favorite librarians (up to 5) publish new content.

LibGuides Email Alerts

Check out this new feature by registering for alerts – the link is on the homepage, in the top box on the right side of the page. Enjoy!