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Accounts can be created via invite by current LibGuides users with permission (contact OER team)
LibGuides Intro (copied from homepage)
This platform, developed by Springshare, is geared toward very simple publishing and integration with librarian needs and library resources.
Ideal Use: Sites that make heavy use of Brooklyn College Library resources or accessible online archives, with little need for a more modern and customizable visual design.
Admin editor offers a "what you see is what you get" interface, making it easy to lay out text and materials without a tech or coding background.
Library resources can be searched and ingested automatically by ID numbers.
Options to copy and build off of other LibGuides.
Simple incorporation of media like video embeds, password-protected documents, and slideshows.
Quick switching back-and-forth between different layouts to test possibilities.
Design options are limited by the box-oriented "building blocks" of each site.
Tough to incorporate blog or chronological elements, "posts" not a foundational element.
Can be difficult to navigate settings and more advanced customizations.
Very cumbersome image uploader/manager.
More limitations in mobile design than more modern platforms.
Examples / Screenshots
Here's an example of what a LibGuides homepage looks to the public, with its standard header, tabbed navigation and content boxes layout.
Back-End Content Panel
Here's what how the homepage in the prior image is managed/edited in the LibGuides back-end editor, in which you click on different boxes and content areas arranged as they are on the public side in order to make changes.
Clicking on a box's content brings up a standard text editor. There are many different types of content that can also be used in a box as well, like embedded media and library resources.
Drag-and-Drop Box Management
Moving content boxes around with drag-and-drop is easy within the LibGuides settings.
Adding images to LibGuides unfortunately involves multiple steps within a separate image manager for each image, with no options for bulk upload. This requires some getting used to -- adding other types of content can be much more straightforward.