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Getting Started with LibGuides (Library Staff Only): Create a Guide

A guide for library staff when creating new libguides

Contents

This page explains the process for creating a guide. See sub-pages for:

  1. Guide co-owners/editors
  2. Password Protecting a Guide
  3. Maintaining Your Guides
  4. Deleting a Guide

See Also Course Guides

Who Can See My New Guide?

When you first create a guide, its status is Unpublished. Only a guide's owners can see the content of an unpublished guide.

Please read the Published vs Private page before creating your guide.

How to Create a Guide (Public Guides)

Creating a new guide:

  • From your main dashboard page, click on Create New Guide.
  • If you want to use another guide as a template, select that guide.  (You can choose one of your own guides, one from another Claremont librarian, or one from another LibGuides institution.) Otherwise, leave it as "Start Fresh (no template)"
    • If you do use an existing guide as a template, all of the content (tabs and boxes) will be copied into your new guide for use as is or for editing.
  • Give your guide a title.
  • Include a brief description.
    • Note that the title and description can be easily changed before publishing.
  • To allow other librarians to edit your guides (optional), select them from drop-down list.
  • Click on Create New Guide and you're ready to format the guide and add content.

Formatting your new guide:

  • The first tab in a guide is called Home by default, but it can be changed.
    • Click on the Add/Edit Pages in the yellow command bar and select Change Page Name.
    • Pick the Home page.
    • Enter a new name.
    • Hit the Change Title button.

Adding content:

  • Content is added to guides using content boxes arranged on pages (tabs).
  • See Add/Edit Tabs for details on how to add more pages/tabs to a guide.
  • See Add/Edit Boxes for details on the different types of content boxes and how to add them to a page.

How to Create a Guide (Staff Intranet)

Creating a new guide for the Staff Intranet:

  • From your main dashboard page, click on Create New Guide.
  • If you want to use another guide as a template, select that guide.  (You can choose one of your own guides, one from another Claremont librarian, or one from another LibGuides institution.) Otherwise, leave it as "Start Fresh (no template)"
    • If you do use an existing guide as a template, all of the content (tabs and boxes) will be copied into your new guide for use as is or for editing.
  • Give your guide a title.
  • Include a brief description.
    • Note that the title and description can be easily changed before publishing.
  • Use the Groups dropdown menu to assign your guide to the Library Staff Intranet group.
  • To allow other librarians to edit your guides (optional), select them from drop-down list.
  • Click on Create New Guide and you're ready to format the guide and add content.

Formatting your new guide:

  • The first tab in a guide is called Home by default, but it can be changed.
    • Click on the Add/Edit Pages in the yellow command bar and select Change Page Name.
    • Pick the Home page.
    • Enter a new name.
    • Hit the Change Title button.

Adding content:

  • Content is added to guides using content boxes arranged on pages (tabs).
  • See Add/Edit Tabs for details on how to add more pages/tabs to a guide.
  • See Add/Edit Boxes for details on the different types of content boxes and how to add them to a page.