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Getting Started with LibGuides (Library Staff Only): 3. Maintaining Your Guides

A guide for library staff when creating new libguides

Care and Feeding

Like other living creatures, your guide requires care & feeding...

  • Review your guide on a regular basis - every month, or every semester
  • Ask yourself if the guide is still relevant:

No, not relevant?

  • Was it created for a course that isn't being offered this semester?
  • Is it focused on an event that has long since past?

If so, unpublish or delete the guide.

Yes, still relevant!

  • Hide or delete outdated content
  • Update broken links
  • Add fresh content

Checking For Broken Links

It is very important that you check your guide regularly for broken links. Guides with outdated and broken links do not help our patrons find the information they need, and worse, can discourage them from ever using our guides again.

NOTE: Checking for links only works automatically if you use the following box types: Web Links, Links & Lists, Dates & Events, RSS Feeds & Podcasts, Books, User Submits, and Polls.

Links entered thru the rich text editor are NOT checked. So it is good practice to only use the above box types for links. If you do use rich text editor for links, you need to check them by hand. Also, links behind proxies, and links that redirect one or more times are not checked. Only links for which the server returns the 404 status (the page does not exist) are included in the report.

A new report is automatically run every Saturday.

From the Dashboard (landing page) when you are logged in to LibGuides, here's where you go to check for broken links:

To fix a broken link click on the Guide title to open a new window containing the guide in edit mode. NOTE: Updated links will not be removed from the report immediately, so you will not notice a change until the next time the link-check report is updated.