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Collection Building

ISSN: 0160-4953

Online from: 1978

Subject Area: Library and Information Studies

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Transforming special collections through innovative uses for LibGuides

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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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