We’re excited to announce the new and expanded subject category functionality in LibGuides and CampusGuides. These changes are significant in both the UI sense (see below) but also in that they represent another step in opening up our platform to let you organize and track non-LibGuides resources. With this, LibGuides can (and should 😉 become your go-to platform for organizing any subject-specific resources you collect and have access to, regardless of whether they are created in LibGuides or somewhere else.
The new Subject Pages functionality is available in the System Settings -> Subject Categories page and it has the following new features:
- Add non-LibGuides resources to your subject page listings.
- The ability to manually reorder the listing of resources on a subject category page.
This means you can decide which guide (or another resource) is listed at the top of the subject page, and in general you can control the order in which the guides appear on their respective subject listings.
- “Subject Experts” profiles on the subject pages.
This is a pretty neat new feature as well – you can now add user profiles to specific subject category pages. You can add as many user profiles as you wish. For example, for Business category you can add all the Business subject specialists/business liaisons so the visitors will know who to contact for any Business-related research information.
Our long-time users may notice a change in the page organization. The “Browse by categories” box used to be in the right column, but now the right column is occupied by the Subject Experts profiles. The Browse categories functionality is available at the bottom of the page, as well as at the top via a dropdown menu.
Big thanks to our customers whose suggestions and feature requests gave us ideas which resulted in this new functionality.
Our goal is for LibGuides/CampusGuides to become the standard platform for publishing and organizing research information, and this new subject categories functionality is a big step towards the “organizing” part of the goal.
As always, we’d love to hear you comments, questions, and further suggestions.