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Beyond Research – LibGuides at DePauw University

Tiffany was nice enough to send us an email this week, showing an innovative way that DePauw University has expanded their LibGuides system beyond subject-based research.  She describes the project focus as follows…

“While we value our role in supporting curricular and research needs, academic librarians should also support their students’ needs for extracurricular, recreational, health, and other information, just as a public library does. We can and should provide resources about current and campus events, such as visiting speakers, colloquia, festivals, and exhibits.”

In order to attract and keep visitors, these “extracurricular” pages must be even more dynamic than those required for a specific course or lecture.  To accomplish this, Tiffany and her colleagues have made use of the RSS, audio and video support provided in LibGuides to create guides that are both current and engaging to students.  Here are just a few examples from their site:

National Poetry Month
College & University News
Election 2008
DePauw’s Food Initiatives

Tiffany and Kathryn will be hosting a poster session on this topic at this year’s summer ALA conference in Anaheim.  We will be sure to post more information on this, and any other LibGuides related sessions, a few weeks before the show.

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