We've been using LibGuides for a few years now and when we saw the chance to move from our old site which was built from scratch using Dreamweaver, we jumped at it!
At last there was a bespoke tool for librarians that we could all use without having to learn HTML coding.
What we like:
This past June, I took over the position of Library Director at Berkshire School in Sheffield, MA - a co-ed, New England college preparatory boarding and day school. I have been a loyal LibGuides enthusiast for 12 years and one of my first big projects at Berkshire was to bring LibGuides to the community. I was looking to create a website portal for our guides and discovered that LibGuides CMS had the power to help me make that happen. Previously I created my library website in Dreamweaver and had it hosted on an independent server.
Having my LibGuides and website on the same platform has been transformational. There is a continuity in design and I can manage both resources on the backend. Brilliant!
We saw several university websites built on the platform and liked the way they looked and functioned. We then realized that with LibGuides CSS customization we could design our own.
Using LibGuides is preferable to re-building our portal on the School’s existing content manager. We liked that LibGuides is library-centric and can be maintained by librarians with little or no coding skills.
What features of LibGuides CMS assist you in power your website?
The system enables us to organize our content -- including book lists, reliable sources for research, and many other school-specific items -- within one convenient access point that is easy for our students to navigate and understand.
We really enjoy the fact that LibGuides is so customizable, allowing us to give our site its own special flavor and suit the needs of our students. Meanwhile, the system is incredibly user-friendly for individuals that have little experience in web design.
LibGuides CMS provides me with flexibility in design and with the integrated services such as databases, forms, surveys, etc. I am able to use one platform that handles all of my library needs.
For us, LibGuides CMS and Springshare is going to be our one-stop shop for the foreseeable future and we have a lot more releases coming in the future.
We are using LibGuides CMS as we love the fact that the LibGuides platform is so easy for all our staff to use. This is very important to us as our webpages are a joint effort and one or more of our staff is continually updating them.
Each time we use LibGuides, we find our ability to convey information is really only limited by our imagination.