This edition of Springy Tips & Tricks is all about saving you and your users time. Time is a valuable commodity, one that slips away quickly and can not be replenished.
So in the interest of time...
Because time is of the essence...
And there's no time like the present.
... Let's cut to the chase!
In the interest of saving time, saving your users' time is also paramount. When you assign properly nested friendly URLs, you save your users time because they don't have to think about where this link will send them - it tells them outright.
Properly nested URLs are important to the User Experience (UX). If a user 'backspaces' to specific section of a URL, it will work.
For example, let's say that Patty the Patron is sent a link to a LibGuide by Laura the Librarian.
The link is: libguides.com/climate-change/sustainability/recycling.
Let's say Patty wants to learn more about other Sustainability resources, if she backspaces the URL to remove 'recycling,' it will automatically take her to the top-level page of 'Sustainability.'
So, whether you're building guides in v1 or v2, be sure to include proper nesting of guide/top-level-page/sub-page in your URLs.
Using LibGuides CMS?
Add in the Group-level domain, if applicable:
The guide-level domain is automatically included in the page-level URL.
Be sure to include:
It happens to the best of us, we don't have time to read all the contents of an entire webpage. Whether we use 'Control + F' to jump to the most important bits or we do a fast browse, even librarians don't read every bit of copy on every webpage all the time. Don't worry, your secret is safe with us!
Assuming that your users are short on time, and shorter on patience, front-load the first page of your LibGuides with 'Best Bets' resources. Even if they don't have time to read the entire guide, they'll still get helpful information right off the bat.
Imagine your ideal desk setup. All of your most-used items are easily within reach of your dominant hand. Your less-used items, tucked away and stored properly for future use. All designed to ensure maximum speed and efficiency.
Well, the same concept applies inside your LibGuides system. Think of each guide, page, box, and asset item as a tool - and organizing them for optimal use helps you build LibGuides faster and maintain them easier.
Before you know it, you'll have 100, 1,000, or 10,000 assets in your LibGuides system. Sounds amazing, right? Well, it is - but naming your assets with a mindset for findability will ensure that you'll build your LibGuides much faster and much more efficiently.
If you're anything like me, and I hope you're not, you've got 10,000 images on your computer all named with some obscure numerical reference. Does img102832019.jpg sound familiar to you? Well, nothing spells 'time-suck' like hunting around in your LibGuides Image Manager trying to find that one image. Avoid that with these tips: