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LibGuides Best Practices

Trinity's guidelines for creating new guides and maintaining guides


This is a guide on how best practices for LibGuide creation. LibGuides live on the SpringShare platform. For information and training you can visit the SpringShare page and access live or recorded webinars. 

The Training + Resources menu tab has several great starting places. 

What are LibGuides for?

LibGuides is a content management system specifically geared toward librarians. It is a tool to help librarians create and manage web content. When developing a guide, think about its function.

Be clear on your purpose and then reflect on it when designing your guide structure.

For example:

LibGuides are additional resources that supplement classes, one-shot sessions, or the subject librarian's expertise

  • The goal here is to provide an introduction and starting point for what the library has to offer on the subject or for a class.
  • Don't think of LibGuides as teaching objects that stand alone
  • Try to be concise about resources the library has and how the library is available to help.

LibGuides as a comprehensive listing of everything on a topic

  • If that is the case, make it clear on the home page of your guide.
  • Otherwise, it will likely seem overwhelming to a user. The design of the guide might also include a tab of "recommended starting points" as a support for someone who is new to the topic.

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