LibGuides gets updated on the regular.
Even Springys get surprised and you'll sometimes hear in our virtual hallways, "I didn't know I could do that in LibGuides!"
With so many new features and all that built-in functionality, we have a few quick tips to help you out that you might have missed the first time around.
Here's a brainteaser... your LibGuides admin may, or may not, be your LibApps Admin. Whoa, are you in the Matrix? Nope, although you would look killer in those leather duster coats. Let's break it down.
LibApps is your institution's 'central hub' to all your other Springshare tools. Your LibGuides admin is the admin to that specific tool: LibGuides. Similarly, your LibAnswers admin is the admin for just LibAnswers. You may have the same administrator for all your Springy tools, or you might separate responsibilities.
Your LibApps Admin is the administrator for the settings and functionality that span your Springshare package of tools. For example, setting up Twitter or Facebook integration, customizing the LTI Courseware Tool, or helping users reset their passwords.
However, more often than not, your LibGuides admin can also be your LibApps Admin. This tip focuses on things that your LibApps Admin can do for you!
Yes, you read that right! LibApps Admins can edit a user's name, email address, and/or password. Why would they need to do this?
Unlike the one ring to bind them all, you can have multiple LibApps Admins. This is especially useful if your solo LibApps administrator takes a long service leave, leaves, or retires, and you delete their account...you will have also deleted your only LibApps Admin account. Uh oh, not good.
It's always a good idea to have multiple LibApps Adminis - check our FAQ to see how you can add more.
Did you know that Springshare acquires security certificates (a.k.a., certs) for all LibGuides, LibAnswers, and LibCal sites for free? Yes? Great! (No? Read up on it - we'll wait! Let's Encrypt / Living in an HTTPS World)
But did you also know that we've got your back to ensure that your site is always secure, whether we obtained your cert via Let's Encrypt or you uploaded your own? Certs expire - this is a good thing! It means that you have to regularly renew to prove that your domain is still trustworthy. But it does require you to remember to renew it...or does it?
And for those of you who have not yet made the leap - now you know!
Perhaps your library subscribes to a discovery layer service like EBSCO EDS, Ex-Libris Summon, or Primo. Did you know you can integrate LibGuides content into your discovery layer?
Well, you can!
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Easy! Simply contact your EBSCO EDS support team and let them know which content you'd like to enable.
EBSCO EDS FAQs
Contact EDS Support
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Primo offers a bit more functionality when choosing which LibGuides resources to ingest and how to display them. With Primo, there are two ways to display LibGuides content. You can use one, the other, or both:
Are You Using XML Integration?
Before OAI-PMH, you had to integrate using XML exports. This required a periodic export each time you added new LibGuides content. Currently using XML? We strongly encourage you to switch to the OAI-PMH method.
Natively Inside Primo Search Results... with LibGuides OAI-PMH
For every LibGuide you build, we automagically add Dublin Core fields to every LibGuide. At the guide level, this includes 10 Dublin Core Metadata tags. Using the OAI-PMH method, you can auto-retrieve your LibGuides content, in OAI format, for integration in Primo.
Integrate More Than Just LibGuides
Primo Knowledgebase FAQs
Learn How to Use LibGuides OAI-PMH with Primo
There are quite a few steps to this level of integration from creating pipes, running a normalizer, and more.
We strongly recommend you sign-up for this training session to learn more.
LibGuides display natively inside the search results and also as a material type filter.
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If you're not using any of the aforementioned discovery layers:
Did you know that LibGuides includes a full suite of icons? A great way to add visuals to your side-navigation, just like in this newsletter, is to 'call' these icons right in the page title.
Font Awesome is a free suite of scalable vector icons that are easily customizable. Change the size, color, add a border, anything at all – using some really basic inline HTML.
The Font Awesome library is fully incorporated into LibGuides! Simply call the icons using their CSS classes.
Example Side-Nav with
Font Awesome Icons
Absolutely - but visually, it looks better in a side-nav layout, so we don't recommend using it in tabbed nav.
It's easy! When creating or editing a page title, add in your Font Awesome HTML (above) before the page title.
Pro-Tip: Add padding-right to your HTML to add a bit of space to the right-side of your icon, as noted in the example.
Editorial Note: This video was originally created in 2016. So while the concepts still apply, some of the items in the videos might be outdated. For example, the URL referenced at the 1:20 mark is not correct. Please reference the above URL at the writing of this newsletter, Aug 2018.
If you haven't checked out the new assets filtering options, go ahead and take a look (Content > Assets).
Don't worry, we'll wait for you!
Okay, you back?
Really awesome right?! We know, we're amped too.
For those of you who didn't go and look - we've added in-depth filtering to the assets page! This way you can slice and dice your assets, searching on URL, subject, owner, and type.
This will display a list of all widgets that are using HTTP URLs and not HTTPS. If you're forcing HTTPS access to your site, you'll need to edit/weed out these non-secure widgets to ensure a safe web experience for patrons.