A few months back, we announced an exciting partnership and integration with Lean Library. With the Lean Library browser plug-in, you can embed your LibGuides right at the point of need. Here’s how it works:
- Your patrons download the Lean Library Plugin for their Chrome, Firefox, and other compatible web browsers;
- Inside your Lean Library Admin Dashboard – you control which LibGuides display on specific websites;
- So, if your patron navigates to scholar.google.com > your Google Scholar Advanced Searching LibGuide pops-up!
- Patrons can read, dismiss, and continue on with their Google Scholar searching, with a better understanding on how to get full-text or peer-reviewed results. Talk about delivering library instruction right when they need it!
Increase your LibGuides Usage
Utah State University launched a pilot program with Lean Library to explore whether or not this integration would increase their LibGuides’ usage. And boy, did it.
They saw a 450% increase in views, in just one LibGuide, during their pilot study.
This is Just the Beginning
We started with LibGuides, but this is just the beginning. We plan on working with Lean Library to integrate LibChat into their browser plugin-in so patrons can not only receive instructional support at point-of-need… but with a simple click, they can get help from your staff right when they need it.
Explore the Lean Library Workflow for LibGuides – Live Webinars
Special guest speaker Jason Folkman from Utah State University will be doing two webinars in May to highlight their Lean Library/LibGuides integration! Lean Library’s Matt Hayes and Daniel Horvath will be on hand alongside Springy Talia to answer any of your technical questions.
(All times listed in US Eastern Time)
We hope to see you there!
Librarian Futures Survey – What Does the Future Hold?
Lean Library is looking into the future of the librarian/patron relationship. How can librarians connect with their patrons outside the library? What are the challenges students, researchers and faculty face that librarians could help support? Over the next few months, they’ll be speaking to librarians and academics all over the world to answer these questions. And they want to hear from you!