The library LibGuides Committee1 has been working through the details of implementing LibGuides 2.0, a redesigned and rewritten version of LibGuides. Last week we had several productive meetings to explore different aspects of this transition, and I wanted to give everyone an update on our progress and what to expect.
Since we are going live with Summon 2.0 at the end of this semester the committee felt that an August rollout in time for Fall semester was best.
Springshare can migrate our content from the old version of LibGuides into the new version, but they can only do that once. We need to decide when we want to migrate:
If we end up migrating later in the summer, that doesn’t mean you can’t start making changes to your existing guides in LibGuides 1.0. Those changes will migrate into the new system (and more folks will have gone through migration, meaning that Springshare will work out more kinks before it is our turn).
Last summer, the LibGuides committee developed a “Best Practices” template that encouraged a standardized homepage layout with standardized tabs and labels. The template will easily migrate into the new LibGuides infrastructure with no major changes. We are working to get a sample of the Best Practices template up in LibGuides 2.0 and will share that soon.
We currently use a home-grown Database A-Z/Subject list made by the intrepid folks on the GVSU Web Team. The LibGuides 2.0 project has a more robust A-Z list built-in, and consolidating all of our public-facing database management tasks into one system would have some great benefits:
That said, we still have a few questions about how this transition would work:
Several of these questions can be answered by simply playing with the tool, so in the next week I’ll be loading some Databases in and tinkering with it. I’ll write up the results from our tests (and the answers to questions we ask Springshare) soon.
The group felt that the benefits of consolidation were worth trying. Jeff also made the point that if we find the LibGuides Database A-Z list doesn’t work for us, we can always go back to our home-grown solution.
The committee will meet again in a few weeks to discuss our findings, and we’ll be sure to update you on our progress. Until then, if you have any questions shoot me an email.