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Getting Started with LibGuides (Library Staff Only): Best Practices

A guide for library staff when creating new libguides

Suggested Best Practices

Navigation

1.      All tabs should fit on one row.

2.      Keep tab labels short.

3.      Provide alternative navigation to tabs.

4.      Tabs should never direct to another webpage.

5.      Keep tab organization consistent.

a.      Organize by subject, not format.

Content

6.      Highlight a few key resources.

7.      Limit the number of pages in a guide.

8.      Put the important information up front.

9.      Provide annotations for resources.

10.  Keep collections current.

Style

11.  Font and formatting should be consistent.

12.  Avoid library jargon.

13.  Include a librarian profile with photo.

Marketing

14.  Avoid social media features.

15.  Promote guides to instructors.

Best Practices Slide Deck

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