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SILRC Information Literacy Tools: What is a LibGuide?

Welcome to the SILRC presentation on LibGuides. This guide will provide information on creating a LibGuide, offer best practices, and allow participants to incorporate applications for information literacy instruction.

How is LibGuides pronounced?

Is the "Lib" pronounced as in "liberation" or as in "library"?

Many people ask us this and - believe it or not - there were even bets being placed among some librarians (though we were assured that no money changed hands ;) Our official pronunciation is "Lib" as in liberation. -from the SpringShare Website

How are LibGuides different from other Web 2.0 technologies?

  • LibGuides combine features of social networks, wikis, and blogs.
  • LibGuides makes RSS and podcast feeds, social bookmarking, and user comment technologies easy to use.
  • LibGuides was specifically designed for libraries.

What is the advantage of using LibGuides over another product?

  • No need to start from scratch on new handouts.
  • Guides are printable so they can easily be used as handouts.
  • You can update the information on the page AFTER you teach an instruction session.
  • You can simply give students an URL.
  • You can integrate chat technology into your subject pages.

Online Catalog

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What is a LibGuide?

  • LibGuides is a web 2.0 content management and publishing system created by SpringShare.

  • LibGuides is a hosted system which is run on the SpringShare servers. The company provides support and upgrades. A library just needs to subscribe to the service.

  • Librarians use it to:
    • integrate multimedia content into library services
    • promote library resources to their users
    • create subject guides, course guides, information portals, research help pages, etc.

 There are now over 16,082 librarians at 955 libraries worldwide using LibGuides.
They have created over 61,644 guides.