LibGuides CMS gave us a way to involve more of our staff in adding and updating content on the website. We wanted a way to share the burden of updating the site among the staff, instead of on one person.
Before LibGuides CMS we had just one person with primary responsibility for our site. LibGuides CMS helped us share that responsibility among a number of staff members. It was relatively easy to learn and staff are free to add updates and new content when they need it instead of waiting for someone else to add it.
Our prior website was functional but all updates needed to go through a third party provider. This process added time to modify content and was pricey. We made a decision to refresh our website and looked for a product that was easy to use and would enable us to have real-time control over our content.
While looking at library websites we found ABC Library and used that site as our inspiration and model to move forward. It was also important to our library to have the event calendar and meeting rooms as part of an integrated solution. The Springshare products provided us with the tools we needed to make that happen.
One of the key features we rely on is the ability to have multiple groups. This lets us customize the look and feel of the website and pages. The group function enables us to have one look for our website, another for our strategic plan and also for our Intranet.
One of the most important features is the responsive design. Patrons can now access the library website from their Smartphones to find out about events, hours and room bookings.
I want to acknowledge the customer support provided by Springshare. I had many questions while creating the website and each response was both timely and professional. So Kudos to your support team!
We use LibGuides CMS so that we can have a library website independent of our municipality, who doesn’t quite understand the size of the website we need or how constantly it should be updated.
We need a dynamic, easy-to-update system that librarians and library staff without web coding or design skills can use.
It’s interoperability with LibCal and LibAnswers is beneficial, but the new built in database management, sharable image manager, and templates/groups are the real workhorses of our version 2 site.