LibGuides, Collections management, Digital libraries, Special libraries
Purpose – This paper seeks to explore the utility of Springshare’s LibGuides platform for special collections repositories and to evaluate the collection guides built by Special & Digital Collections at the University of South Florida in LibGuides.
Design/methodology/approach – This paper explores how academic libraries have used LibGuides previously and provides a case study that suggests new ways for special collections repositories to make the most of the product.
Findings – The simplicity and easy-to-update functionality of LibGuides works well for USF’s Special & Digital Collections collection guides. The flexible API allowed SDC to embed digital content, enable user comments, advertise events, and measure the impact of various services.
Practical implications – LibGuides provides an intuitive, simple, and cost-effective method to create dynamic and frequently updated guides to special collections.
Originality/value – This is the first paper to explore the use of LibGuides in a special collections repository.
Scholar Commons Citation
Griffin, Melanie and Lewis, Barbara, "Transforming special collections through innovative uses for LibGuides" (2011). Special Collections Faculty and Staff Publications. 13.