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SpringyNews: Your Greatest Hits

March 2016

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Getting Active with LibGuides: Discussion Boards & Blogs

Five Tips for Creating
Great Listicles


  1. Think of items that fit logically in a numbered list.
  2. Pick a topic that is really unique, curious, or trending. Something your readers know nothing about and want to learn more.
  3. Either create a ranking (your judgment matters!), themed, or random list. 
  4. Odd number lists perform better () than even-numbered ones and go for prime numbers whenever possible.
    (2, 3, 5, 7, 11, 13, 17, 19...)
  5. Consider using terms like "Ultimate", "Best", "Top", "Major", etc. 

Build a Fan Base & Communicate Library Info!

Nowadays, rockstars are in constant communication with their fans. Whether it's their Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, SnapChat, or Blog - they're actively communicating & interacting.

Use LibGuides' Blogs to communicate library information, interact with your fans, and even promote your social media presence. Plus, guide-level blogs encourage micro-communities to engage around specific topics or concepts.

Rawk On!

Creating an Engaging Library Blog

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Your LibGuides' system comes with one system-wide blog! And it's mobile-friendly out of the box to boot.
(Content > Blogs > Blog Management)

A great way to shine a spotlight on your greatest hits is to create listicle-style blog posts. 

What's a Listicle?

Listicles are blog posts or articles that are short and presented in the form of a numbered or bullet-pointed list. 

Example:

  • 10 Things to Do Before You Leave the House
  • 5 Things Never to Say On a Job Interview
  • 7 Cats That Love Their Boxes
  • 9 Librarian Memes You Need to See

Creating Listicles In Your LibGuides' Blog

Your library has constant access to trending items both within the library and outside. Creating 'listicle' style blog posts are a great way to encourage usage of library resources while also promoting the popularly of those items.

Listicle Blog Post Ideas & Examples

  • Hottest Reads This Month  - People want to read what everyone else is reading. Help them out with a monthly hottest reads list.
    • *Bonus* Use the Integrated Books from the Catalog Option to easily embed books using the ISBN.
  • Best Databases On a Topic - While you may have a ton of databases for any given topic, for quick research assignments just the best 2-3 databases are needed. 
    • *Bonus* Pull right from your LibGuides A-Z List and embed them directly into a blog post. 
  • What's Trending In the Library - Create monthly, quarterly, or even yearly 'Library in Review' Blog Posts.
    • *Bonus* Using LibInsight, pull your statistical reports dynamically into a blog post!