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LibGuides Best Practices

Trinity's guidelines for creating new guides and maintaining guides

About This Guide

This guide is modeled from WSU Libraries: Guides Best Practices. You might begin with their Basic LibGuide Information source and then come back to this guide as Trinity's Best Practices.

These practices are user-centered with the purpose of making Trinity's guides easy to find and use.

General Guidelines when creating a guide:

Think about the users

  • Consider your users: our guides are mostly for our students, not other librarians. 
  • Think about what the users need to accomplish
  • How can our guide help them

Pay attention to the content: is it reliable and up to date?

  • We are trusted sources of information for users. The guide should be checked regularly.
  • Check your links, images, and videos each semester
  • Avoid dates or be sure to update these dates each semester
  • Ask: has this information changed? been updated? Example: citation style guides that change

Make it easy to find and use

  • Our guiding philosophy is "simple and clear"
  • Use short titles and descriptions
  • Use friendly URLs
  • Assign the guide to the right type: general, course, subject

Keep it organized

  • Our guides are consistently organized guide to guide
  • Stick to "top 5" of each category (5 databases, 5 websites, 5 books, etc)
  • The menu should mimic the search behavior of students 
    • Find background info, Find articles, Find books, Cite Sources, Evaluate Sources, etc.

Schedule maintenance

  • You should check your guides once a semester. Avoid making large changes mid-semester.
  • How many guides can you manage and maintain?
  • Does this information make sense in a guide? Should it live somewhere else?
  • Be selective about sources and the number of guides you make.
  • Add content that is easily updated (like system assets)

UDL and LibGuides

  • UDL Principle three: simple and intuitive use
    • the use of the libguide design is easy to understand, regardless of the user's experience, knowledge, language skills, or concentration level. 
  • Guidelines: 
    • Eliminate unnecessary complexity
    • Be consistent.
    • Accommodate a wide range of literacy and language skills
    • Arrange information consistent with importance