It's been 10 years since we launched our LibGuides Tips & Tricks in the SpringyNews Newsletter. And over the years, we've shared a lot of tips. To that end, we're rounding up our top five favorite LibGuides Tips & Tricks in this blog post. For those who've already read them and want a refresher or those of you who might have missed the early ones - this post is for you! Here's to 10 years of LibGuide Tips & Tricks and 10 more years of tips in the future.
5. Properly Formatting Your Friendly URLs
It's not enough to just give your guide a friendly URL (don't forget to assign friendly URLs to pages too!), you should also make sure your URLs are formatted properly. This tip covers the why, and how, of properly formatting your LibGuide friendly URLs so they're scannable, hackable, and easy to type.
4. Optimizing Access to Your Content
This LibGuides Tip is so easy to implement, and gives you quick keyboard access to your top-used LibGuides and Assets. Plus, it helps push the 'old content' down the list so it's not cluttering up your view. Springys use this all the time to organize our own content!
3. Creating a Guide Thumbnail
Creating a guide thumbnail is like taking a screenshot of your guide and attaching it to the metadata information of the URL. This way, every time your guide is shared on social media (Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, etc) - it automatically pulls in the guide thumbnail image to accompany the social post. It makes your social posts more visual! And that increases visibility and traffic. Take a minute and comb through your guides to ensure a guide thumbnail is added to all of them.
2. Adding in Redirect URLs
It's happened to all of us - you find a link on a website and you click it and.... nothing. A dead link. A little Googl'ing later, and you find the new, and updated URL. Why didn't the old URL just redirect you to the new one? Well, your users might feel the same way when you update the URLs of your LibGuides, so be sure to put redirects in place so they never get a dead URL from you again.
1. Writing Effective Alt Text
This is probably our favorite Tip of all time - because it's useful inside and outside of LibGuides. If you think every image you add to your LibGuides need ALT text, think again. This LibGuides Tip covers not just how to add ALT text but also when you should add it, and when you shouldn't. This is a great way to make sure that your accessible guides are actually accessible and not 'repeating' words through screenreader software.