LibGuides Update

Sandy be darned! A hurricane can’t slow us down – the LibGuides Update is now live! We’ve got a bunch of exciting features to share.

Friendly URLs are a whole lot friendlier!

We’ve expanded the Friendly URL functionality throughout LibGuides! It’s now super easy to assign a friendly URL to most static pages within LibGuides, including:

  • Individual Pages in a guide
  • Subject Category Pages
  • User Profile Pages
  • Group Homepages

Even better, the new Friendly URLs support the character “/”. Why’s that important? Let’s say you have a guide (or group) with a Friendly URL of “hurricane”; if you then create a page (or guide) on Sandy, you can give it a Friendly URL of “hurricane/sandy” – in other words, nested friendly URLs!

New RSS Processing

We’ve heard from some folks that, with certain feeds, the RSS feed box sometimes returned wonky results, displaying seemingly random feed items. We heard those concerns, so we’ve completely changed the way we process RSS feeds. We’ve implemented a new processing method  – it’s more reliable, efficient, and a whole lot less problematic.

E-Reserves now available for LibGuides clients

LibGuides clients can now enjoy the awesomeness of E-Reserves, without needing the full update to LG CMS! Check out http://help.springshare.com/ereserves for a walkthrough of this module – and when you’re ready, email sales@springshare.com to sign up!

Discussion Board Upgrade

Discussion Boards (available in LibGuides CMS) got a huge reboot! We’ve incorporated several of the most popular feature requests, including:

  • Guide Owners will now receive an update each time a new Discussion Board post is added
  • Discussion Boards now support HTML – add images, style, etc. in your post text!
  • Diacritics are now fully supported – no more weird &*(@! display!

Google Content Boxes + Proxy Prefix =  @mylibrary results

Does your library use a proxy resolver that relies on the prefix method? You’re going to love our update for the Google Scholar search box. Head to System Settings -> Link Options, and you’ll find a new option to include this prefix for Google Scholar results – making it way easier for patrons to grab search results that are specific to your library’s holdings!

As always, thanks to everyone who contributed the ideas and feedback that led to this update!

2 comments

  1. Susan says:

    You guys ROCK! Love the friendly URLs for pages!

    Susan

    Susan Fisher
    Web Services Coordinator
    Alameda County Library
    2450 Stevenson Blvd.
    Fremont, CA 94538
    510-745-1541
    Twitter: @aclib
    http://www.aclibrary.org

  2. […] noticing issues with the way Google was processing feeds  last year and that’s why we moved all of our RSS processing within LibGuides to an in-house system rather than being based upon Google […]

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