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|Title:||Transforming special collections through innovative uses for LibGuides|
|Author(s):||Melanie Griffin, (Special & Digital Collections, University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida, USA), Barbara Lewis, (Special & Digital Collections, University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida, USA)|
|Citation:||Melanie Griffin, Barbara Lewis, (2011) "Transforming special collections through innovative uses for LibGuides", Collection Building, Vol. 30 Iss: 1, pp.5 - 10|
|Keywords:||Collections management, Digital libraries, Special libraries|
|Article type:||Case study|
|DOI:||10.1108/01604951111104989 (Permanent URL)|
|Publisher:||Emerald Group Publishing Limited|
|Acknowledgements:||Received: September 2010Accepted: October 2010|
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.
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