Special Collections Faculty and Staff Publications

Document Type


Publication Date

January 2011


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.


This is the author's version of the work. It is posted here by permission of copyright holder for personal use, not for redistribution. The definitive version was published in Collection Building, Volume 30 Issue 1, January 2011. http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/01604951111104989