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Power Your Library Website with LibGuides CMS

 

This is not an exhaustive list of all libraries using LibGuides CMS as a website. Rather these examples represent only institutions who have been explicitly contacted about being featured in this guide.

Disclaimer: Libraries frequently update their websites. The screenshots below might not reflect the most current/updated version of their website.

K-12 Libraries Using LibGuides CMS As Their Library Website

Karen Angus
St. Margaret's Episcopal School Library:

We use LibGuides because all of our librarians can easily create assignment guides or make changes to other content. We’ve been using LibGuides CMS long enough now that I don’t remember exactly which features are CMS only, but what I really like about it is the ability to create groups that can have a completely different look and feel. And what I like even more is that it allows for CSS and JavaScript customization.

St. Margaret's Episcopal School Library Website
Our tech department doesn’t allow access to the school server so the Image Manager is indispensable for us!

- Karen Angus

Alison Klein
Trinity Grammar:

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.

Trinity Grammar

What we like:

  • We can create our own look and feel to match our Library colours and logo;
  • It's searchable - the best feature in my opinion;
  • t's easy to re-use content including our banners and buttons which are in shared image folders;
  • The database assets and widgets. I love the fact that when you add a new database, it's instantly available on the relevant widget;
  • Our content is available to all our clients and not restricted to their access on our School's LMS. We also don't have access to all the LMS pages so we are unable to add content to them;
  • The scrolling and tabbed box options add interactivity to our guides to make them more attractive;
  • The ability to easily add book covers using the ISBN to our reading lists and clickable icons to audiobook, eBook and movie versions is just fantastic and so easy! No uploading pictures!
The support from Springshare is excellent, even with the 18 hour time difference and the Springshare lounge provides a great venue for sharing ideas.

- Alison Klein

Amy Voorhees & Nancy Florio
Kent School John Gray Park ‘28 Library:

Having our LibGuides and the John Gray Park ‘28 library website on the same platform has been transformational. There is a continuity in design and we can manage both resources on the backend. Brilliant!

Kent School Screenshot

The many reasons we love LibGuides:

  • LibGuides gives us the ability to write HTML and CSS to create just the look and feel we wanted for our library website. 
  • The widgets for our social media accounts make changes on those platforms seamless on our library website.
  • We use PowerSchool as our LMS and LibGuides widgets make it easy to integrate information from specific guides. This means students can continue working in the LMS when it makes sense to keep them focused there. 
  • We love how easy it is to manage assets. The A-Z database is terrific as is the ability to pull in assets instead of copying boxes. This feature makes creating new guides a breeze.
  • We love that we are able to use Bootstrap code so our larger boxes are a responsive design; we no longer need to use tables and worry about how they will display on mobile devices.
  • As always, the Springshare Lounge is an essential support system. While we may not have the same issues as the ones being discussed, we always come away more knowledgeable about some feature - it's truly a great PLN.
  • One of our new favorite features is the help desk tab we’ve created with LibWizard—providing help for our users at their point of need!
Having our LibGuides and the John Gray Park ‘28 library website on the same platform has been transformational. There is a continuity in design and we can manage both resources on the backend. Brilliant!

- Amy Voorhees, Library Director and Nancy Florio, Research Librarian

Susan Smith
The Harker School:

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.

The Harker School

What features of LibGuides CMS assist you in power your website?

  • Gallery Box Type:  Easily create a spotlight box to highlight news/service
  • Database A-Z List: Hosting our A-Z list here replaced another service
  • Custom Templates & Customizations:  Modifying the template (sidebar boxes) met our needs and the ability to insert custom CSS
  • Interactive Tools: Polls and surveys and the ablity to embed video, already integrated into LibGuides CMS
The product is easy to use, relatively inexpensive, and allows us to be autonomous in building these beautiful resource guides. One of my librarians quips Springshare makes us look like rock stars!

- Susan Smith

Cathy Oxley
Brisbane Grammar School:

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.

Brisbane Grammar School
Our webpages serve as a collection/curation point for a wealth of other applications, which are easily displayed or linked to using media widgets, and this has helped us to create a rich but compact source of information for our students.

- Cathy Oxley

Bradley Tyrrell
Scotch College:

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. 

Scotch College
One aspect that cannot be overstated is the ability to provide for more than one platform through one service. It is our ability create one page that allows users on any platform to access our materials with no compromise on look and feel and most importantly the user experience.

- Bradley Tyrrell