Before you even start to build your LibGuide, there are 3 important things to keep in mind:
1. Always consider reusing content.
Just about everything in LibGuides - pages, boxes, content of all kinds, database listings, even Library Guides themselves - are designed to be re-used. So always think about re-using existing content rather than creating new content.
There are 2 types of reuse:
See LibGuides Help on Reusability.
2. Don't paste text directly from Word.
It's always tempting, when developing these sorts of resources, to prepare your text in a Word document, and then copy into your LibGuide. If you are going to do this, then you should use the Paste from Word icon. If you are copying from another type of source, such as a webpage, you should use the Paste as plain text icon. This is to avoid behind-the-scenes problems with HTML coding.
3. Other useful documents
3.1 If you are a Library Officer setting up a new Library Resource Guide, please see the:
3.2 If you are Librarian putting content into a Library Resource Guide, please see the LibGuide titled Library resource guide template - explained.
3.3 Another document that both Library Officers and Librarians might find useful is the:
To create a LibGuide you will need a LibGuides account. To get an account, contact a member of the LibGuides team:
Contact a member of the team, or your supervisor, to arrange training.
Springshare, the LibGuides vendor, categories LibGuides into several types, and we are using 4 of these (we have renamed them to suit our own purposes):
The following list shows how we use these guide types:
General Purpose Guide
Library Resource Guide
Research Skills Guide
Remember that, in practice, you will probably be re-using a guide (probably a template) rather than creating a new guide. See Using templates, to the right.
1. LibGuides can have one of three “statuses”:
2. If you are working in the LibGuides interface, you might also see some “private” guides that are for training, practice, and testing.
3. All LibGuides that are to be publicly available need to be submitted to Susanna Back and Tric Bowman who will arrange for quality assurance.
To ensure consistency across Library Guides, a number of templates have been developed. Please use the appropriate one for the type of Library Guide you are creating. But note: these are not templates in the LibGuides sense. Rather, they are existing guides which you can copy and use as a template.
See below for links to our 3 “templates”. Note that these link to the “templates” in user-view.
To create a Library Guide from a one of our “templates”:
You will be taken to the first page (tab) of your new tutorial. Note that there will be content already included, according to the type of template.
Suggestion – Create a friendly URL:
Each LibGuide's URL displays above the line of tabs. Click on the “Edit Guide URL” symbol beside it and enter the guide’s title, or an appropriate abbreviation, as the file extension in the “Add/Edit Friendly URL” field.
CSU Library's 3 "Templates" ...
Please note: You must not simply edit these templates; rather, you need to create a copy (as explained above), and that will be your new guide.