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Intro to LibGuides v2: LG2 Features

This is a guide about LibGuides 2 (LG2) for Guide Authors at UCSD.

Content

Be aware that if you click on the Sharing Restriction, when creating a new guide, then other authors will not be able to copy your guide.

LG2 categorizes assets into three types: Content Items, Database A-Z, and Icons

All acount holders have access to their personal Content Items--that is, as a Regular User, you can add, edit, and delete your own assets.

  • Content Items can be added from the Assets page or as you build your guides.
  • Databases and Icons can only be added to your system from the Assets page,
    but only Administrators and Users with "Editor" rights can add, edit, or delete assets;
    Regular Users can only reuse and copy other users' assests.

From the Assets page, you can add any of the five types of content items into the Assets repository:
Links, Widgets, Books, Files, and RSS Feeds.

You can locate the Image Manager from the globar navigation bar, under Content:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Once you click on Image Manager, it gives you access to two libraries: your Personal and the Shared Library. Only administrators can upload images into the Shared Library, but anybody may use images from it. Only you can see and utilize the images that you uploaded into your Personal Library.


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Layout

The "Guide Controls" on the top-right corner serve to modify the setting of the entire guide. The second icon from the left represents the navigation features.

The Guide Navigation Layout option allows you to choose a customized layout (such as the 67/33 template), the system default (the traditional, horizontal tab layout), or the new Side-Nav Layout. Remember that we want all Subject Guides to maintain the horizontal Tabs Layout for the sake of uniformity. You can play with the Side-Nav, but keep in mind that this layout works best with one or two colums at the most.


When creating a new guide, you will have to choose a layout template (unless you're reusing an existing guide). LG2 offers layout templates of columns based on percentage values, not pixels.

Whereas LG1 used fixed pixel designs, LG2 has adopted what is known as "responsive web design"--in which the column layout adapts to the screen that displays your guide.

Yes, the look of your guide now scales to the device through which your user access your guide--be it a smartphone, a tablet, a laptop, etc.

For instance, if you select a column layout of 25/75, the design of your guide will be fluid and responsive to the 25 and 75 percentage values of the screen and device displaying it.

So, I would not stress about recreating your old 37/63 template, or keeping your favorite four-column layout (I really hope you don't use more than three columns, actually).

 

 

If you're curious about responsive web design, I found the following article fascinating:

A List Apart: Responsive Web Design

When creating a new box, you have the option to keep that box under draft mode--this allows you to work on a box and not published it, within the guide, until you find it ready to be public.

When creating a new box, you have four options:

Standard: This box is the most multi-functional

Tabbed: This box allows you create mini-tabs within a box

Gallery: This box is exclusively for images--it allows you to showcase preferably large images with captions

Profile: This box is simply your librarian profile or another librarian's profile box.

A new feature of LG2 is the Top & Bottom Box options! These boxes serve as billboards of the individual page in which you create them; they expand across the whole page (but not the entire guide).

The "Guide Controls" on the top-right corner serve to modify the setting of the entire guide. The second icon from the left represents the navigation features.

A new feature of LG2 includes the Prev/Next Links which I believe will improve the usability of your guides:

Once activated, the Previous and Next links will be found at the bottom of the guide, assisting with the navigation from page to page.

The "Guide Controls" on the top-right corner serve to modify the setting of the entire guide. The second icon from the left represents the navigation features.

With LG2, you have the option to display your entire guide as a single page. This Display as Single Page option is helpful if you want to print a whole guide and all its pages in one swoop.

Settings

Once logged into LibGuides, on the top-right corner you can see what Springshare calls Guide Controls

 

Those four icons (plus the Published/Unpublished button) control edits that affect your whole guide.

They eye icon allows you to preview your guide as you edit and revise it:

 

The gear icon allows you to edit the type of your guide, add other guide authors as editors of your guide, delete your guide (if you wish), among other things. Don't bother with the META tags, the Redirect URL, and the Access Restrictions (trust me).


 

Under the image icon, you change the layout of your guide, add previous & next links at the bottom of your guide, or turn your whole guide into a single page (this turns all of your pages and tabs into one column--useful, maybe, if you want to print an entire guide quickly)! Don't bother with the Custom JS/CSS (trust me).


 

You really don't need to bother with the third icon...

When creating a new guide, you can categorize it by type:

 

 

Even though LG2 offers these six types, it is up to your institution to choose how to use them. For instance, course and subject guides will probably be the types most utilized; general and topic guides will vary depending on how you define these types of guides. Template guides will mainly be created by LG2 Administrators when they customize a guide template not available in the layout options. Internal guides will never be "published" to the public: if you categorize a guide by the internal type, that guide will only be visible to Libguide Authors when logged into LG2.

To change the type of an existing guide, you need to edit the guide, click on the gear icon, and click the Guide Type & Group option:

Subject Associations