Sometimes broadening your horizons can be achieved by simply reframing or trying something new with a tool you already know....like LibGuides! It's likely that you already know how to build a guide, but this month's Tips & Tricks will inspire you to use guides in unconventional ways and explore features you may not have known are available.
Setting up a dedicated public computer to allow patrons to search the catalog, book a study room, or make an appointment with a librarian is an excellent way to increase access to library services and empower patrons to help themselves to your library's valuable resources. Setting up a kiosk allows you to point directly to the most used resources, reducing confusion for patrons and lightening the workload for library staff.
For more ideas and detailed instructions, check out this recorded training session on creating a kiosk LibGuide!
It's no secret that interactive design promotes active learning. How can you quickly make your LibGuides even more interactive? The small but mighty poll asset! Each poll contains a single, multiple-choice question with up to 10 possible responses.
Poll results display after an answer is submitted
The creators of Wikipedia were definitely on to something when they designed their iconic one-page articles. Having all the information on a topic on a single page with linked in-page navigation makes it easy to explore, without having to bounce around from one page to another or scroll to a specific place on a longer page. This kind of design is especially useful for instructional content, as it allows users to jump directly to the topic or step they need.
We do this all the time here at Springy HQ! In fact, most of the side navigation menus you see in this newsletter use direct links to boxes!
To direct a user to a specific place on a page, you can add an anchor in the rich text editor and create a link using that. We've been known to use this in the newsletter and in our Support Documentation.
Creating useful and informative guides takes valuable time, so making sure those guides are easily discoverable should be a top priority.... but how do you do that? It's likely that patrons are using either the search function in your LibGuides system or a general search engine as a starting point and there are some basic ways you can improve functionality for both.
Learn more! We have in-depth recorded training sessions on Improving SEO for LibGuides and Using Subjects and Tags.
Emergency closures, upcoming holiday hours, and special announcements. There are many reasons you might need to add an alert to a specific guide or your LibGuides Homepage. While basic HTML knowledge is required for this tip, using the Bootstrap library that is already built into LibGuides makes it relatively easy to create a dismissible alert with a distinct look and feel, without extensive CSS. If you're new to HTML, check out this training tidbit for detailed instructions.
Create a dismissible alert just like this! The alert will reappear when the page is refreshed, so it's handy for announcements.
<div class="alert alert-warning alert-dismissible" role="alert">
<button type="button" class="close" data-dismiss="alert" aria-label="Close"><span aria-hidden="true">×</span></button>
<p>The library will be closed today due to a power outage.</p>
Advanced Tip: Admin-level users who are comfortable with HTML can create custom homepage templates that include alerts. This is a good option for adding alerts about seasonal hour shifts, etc. to your LibGuides Homepage. Once the template is created, it can easily be applied and removed when the alert is no longer needed.