For those DIY enthusiasts, summer time poses endless possibilities.
Time to refresh, reconfigure, re-think.
Come up with creative life (or LibGuides!) hacks.
Time to look at something old in a new way.
These LibGuides Tips & Tricks do just that, focusing on ways you can bring your DIY creative energies to your LibGuides.
We spy LibGuides-DIY in your future.
It happens to the best of us. You're updating a LibGuide and you change the existing friendly URL.
No big deal right?
Well, actually, it can be! Basically, you've broken the connection to your LibGuide. And users who've bookmarked that URL will now be served a 'Webpage Does Not Exist' message.
Not only can that affect your library's brand but also the trust the patron has in your services.
You can easily add in redirect URLs pointing the old URL to the new one. This way, when a user accesses the old link, they'll be automatically redirected to the new one!
A great way to spend a crafternoon is throwing away stuff you don't need anymore.
Well, this creative LibGuides-hack helps you clean out the gunk that can build up in your LibGuides system.
A consistent theme in a lot of DIY projects is organization. Whether you're crafting a new bullet journal to organize your tasks or felting together a new sock drawer organizer - you're essentially DIY'ing organization.
Extend those same DIY principles to your LibGuides Databases A-Z List. Recent updates have added a ton of new features that will make organizing and maintaining your A-Z list a breeze. Unlike those Pinterest Penguin Cupcakes - you're going to nail and not fail these!
If you're going through a round of database renewals, its really tempting to delete canceled databases from your LibGuides A-Z List. Deleting a database asset not only removes it from everywhere it's been reused but it also deletes all its usage statistics... no bueno.
Instead of deleting it, hide the database instead! It hides it from everywhere it's been reused and retains all of its usage stats.
And, if in the future you resubscribe, simply unhide the database to add it back to your public A-Z holdings.
Your databases have login credentials, stats or SUSHI passwords, and other login credentials.
Organize all that info in one place - right inside your LibGuides Database A-Z List!
Set up Your Credential Types
Login to LibGuides and navigate to Content > A-Z Database List > Settings tab > Login Credential Types. From here, add your login credential types (i.e. SUSHI, Stats Portal, Admin).
Add To Each Database
Next, navigate to each database > edit. Then add the applicable login credentials for each one!
If going database-by-database to make updates sounds like a daunting task, we've streamlined the process!
Download your existing Database A-Z List > make updates > and reupload the same file!
Are you constantly getting emails about broken LibGuides links?
Or images that need proper alt tags?
Streamline your internal reporting process using LibWizard!
Create an internal reporting form using LibWizard and embed that form right inside your LibGuides Dashboard Alert Box.
LibGuides authors can seamlessly report internal issues right from their LibGuides dashboard.
Need emergency help right away? Create a form that sends an SOS notification to all librarians! Great for when you're flooded with chats and you need help right away.
In case you missed it, we completely rebuilt the LibGuides Link Checker. It runs every 30 minutes and brings you awesome new features! Like, the ability to dismiss links or edit the broken link right from the report.
But wait, there's more!
If you know of websites that are guaranteed to show false positives, then you should consider adding that domain as an exclusion.
This way, your LibGuides authors won't get freaked out when they check their report and see a bunch of false positives.
Plus, you're saving them, and yourself, valuable time.