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Connect with your Community 

Looking to keep your library patrons, students, teachers, and parents up to date on all things happening at the library? Blogs and discussion boards can help!  

 

Our integrated blogging functionality lets you connect your patrons directly to library news. Discussion boards provide spaces within your LibGuides CMS site to ask questions, share internal feedback, or host public discussions.

 

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Why Blogs?

Create a blog to keep your patrons in the know about the latest releases, upcoming events, research tips, behind-the-scenes happenings, changes to your hours – you name it!

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Why Discussion Boards?

Start an internal discussion to loop in your staff on updates or get their input on new initiatives. Or, invite your community to share their thoughts about library topics in a public forum!

Learn About Discussion Boards

Two Types = Endless Possibilities 

You can set up both blogs and discussion boards at either the system level or on individual guides! 

System-Wide Communication  

Looking to maintain one blog for your library as a whole? The system blog is the way to go. Think of this as the primary blog for your LibGuides site — and it's just a click away from your LibGuides homepage! 

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Need to discuss several LibGuides at once or make decisions that affect your whole site? Create a system-wide internal discussion board! You can also use a system-wide public board for general conversation with your patrons.

 

Contextualize the Convo 

In addition to your system blog, each guide can have a blog page, too! This is a great way for guide owners and editors to create specialized blogs on any topic. Want separate blogs for different departments or subject areas? Guide blogs give you that flexibility.

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With discussion boards at the guide level, we've made it easy and efficient to keep track of topic-specific conversation threads internally with your staff and publicly with your patrons. 


Blogging Functionality

  • Friendly URLs: Each post gets its own page and friendly URL for easy sharing. 
  • Books and Databases: Easily pull books from your catalog or databases from your LibGuides A-Z List into your blog post. 
  • Subjects: Each post can be assigned to one or more of your LibGuides subject categories, which allows users to filter posts to what interests them most. 
  • Featured Post: By default, posts will display from newest to oldest, with 10 posts per page. However, you can designate a single post as Featured so it will display before all other posts, regardless of when it was published.  
  • Recent Posts: Users can browse the most recent posts at a glance. 
  • Archive: Want to catch up on older posts? The archive lets you view past posts by month. 
  • Comments: Users with patron-level accounts can comment on your posts, allowing you to create a community of readers, scholars, and followers. 

You've Written a Blog Post... Now What?

Built-in features to make sure your readers never miss an update.

 

Readers can subscribe to email notifications for each new post

Automatically share links to Twitter when you publish new posts

Each blog has its own RSS feed — just use the blog’s URL to subscribe 

Embed a Blogs widget into a LibGuide or webpage to display a list of recent posts

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Discussion Boards Functionality

  • Internal Boards: Brainstorm ideas, share announcements, delegate assignments, discuss revisions, and review content among your colleagues.  

  • Public Boards: Create an engaged community of library patrons by giving them a space to ask questions, provide feedback, and share their thoughts.  

  • Threaded Replies: Discussion boards are threaded, which means that replies are nested under their original posts, making it easy to navigate through different levels of a discussion. 

  • Two Types of Discussion Posts: Users can share general discussion posts or choose to mark their post as a question. 

  • Close the Discussion: When the discussion is finished, you can close the discussion to keep the thread available to read but prevent new replies. Want to restart the conversation? Closed discussions can be reopened anytime!  

Tools for Managing Discussion Threads

These features make it easy to stay on top of new posts, keep track of popular topics, and spotlight useful information.

 

Choose to receive email notifications for new replies  

Use tags to organize and view all posts and replies on that topic  

Mark replies to general posts as “Helpful” to highlight them in the thread   

Use "Best Answer” to highlight a reply to a question and close the thread