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SpringyCamp Summer 2022

Icon Help with that_ Using Resource Icons to Put Instructional Content at the point of need Aimee Gee, Shenandoah University

Online learning librarian (and the LibApps admin) at a small university, Aimee Gee, works with a growing number of remote students. One of her first goals when she started last year was to integrate guides into Canvas courses using the automagic LTI tool. Now that the guides are more readily accessible to their users, she is always looking for ways to put more instructional content at the point of need. Recently, she assigned a resource icon to all of our licensed assets (those that require a university login). After she created a resource icon for trial resources that links to a LibWizard form for collecting feedback, it suddenly occurred to her that resource icons might help promote instructional content, too. So far she has created three icons to indicate instructional materials: a PDF document for printable instructions, a play button for video tutorials, and an orange LibAnswers icon for LibGuides and FAQ answers. Rather than assigning one link to each icon at the system level, I define a unique link to the icon for each asset to which it is assigned. For example, the play button icon with the description "Video tutorial for this resource" links to my in-house tutorial for the Factiva database and to a vendor's YouTube video for PsycInfo. She is excited about the possibilities for embedding instruction into our guides at the point of need.

Products Covered: LibGuides, LibAnswers, LibWizard


Aimee GeeAimee Gee - joined Shenandoah University Libraries as Reference and Online Learning Librarian in 2021. She provides virtual and in-person reference service for students and faculty, manages the Libraries' LibGuides and webpages, and develops new instructional materials. She is currently studying critical reflection practices for application in online, asynchronous teaching and learning. She also heads the Libraries' outreach and marketing committee and serves on the advisory board for the university's Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning.


Shenandoah University Libraries

  • Library Type: Academic
  • Demographic Served: University students, faculty, and staff
  • Population Size: approximately 4300 FTE students, about 56% undergraduate and 44% graduate
  • Library Staff Size: 7 full time, 4 part time staff and faculty
  • Library Staff Model: Hybrid, but most working on site most of the time

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