LibGuides, in a nutshell, is a hosted, web-based content management system that has become very popular with libraries worldwide. Libguides are aids for subject or course research; in this category there are "subject guides,", "course guides," and "how-to guides." These are not meant to replace university web content, but to act as tools for instructors and researchers. Libguides are part of the Springshare LibApps service, and the term for the Libguides shared on Lincoln University's site may sometimes be shortened to guides.
You can think of guides like Matryoshka dolls.
Guides are the largest, outermost Matryoshka doll - they contain all of the other dolls, or in this case, pages, boxes, and content.
Pages are the 2nd Matryoshka doll. They provide structure to your guide and the content within it.
Boxes are the 3rd Matryoshka doll. They contain the actual content you want to share. There are 4 different types of boxes in LibGuides:
Content items are the smallest of the dolls. They include text, links, databases, books, videos, widgets, RSS feeds, polls, etc.
A guide can contain many pages, a page can contain many boxes, and a box can contain many pieces of content.
*Borrowed heavily from Springshare*
In a standard box, all of the options below are available:
You can use any combinations of these options within one box; a visual divider will appear between content types.
When you select a tabbed box type, a gear icon () appears next to the edit icon. The gear icon opens a window that controls tab titles. All standard box content options are available within tabs.
Gallery boxes provide a way to maximize visual content in a smaller area. Selecting the Gallery option opens a dialogue box for image url input.
You can draw image url's from shared or personal image folders in LibGuides, or insert url's from anywhere on the web, such as the wikimedia commons image of Humayun's Tomb in the gallery below. You can also input link url's, such as for the Hathi Trust image, which takes a user to the Hathi Trust site in a new window.
1. As with tabbed boxes, image sizes change the box height. When the slideshow begins advancing automatically, changing box sizes become irritating.
2. Smaller images do not fill the box width. Images need to be selected or resized for optimum box dimensions.
3. Link parameters are unclear; finding linkable areas in the image is not as straightforward as it should be. (This could be an issue that SpringShare will resolve.)
4. Label and caption lettering is not always visible over the image, depending on image colors and contrast. (Adding labels and captions is optional, however.)
In LibGuides 1.0, profile boxes would appear by default on every page. LibGuides 2.0 treats profile boxes like any other box type: they can appear anywhere, and are not set to appear by default. All LibCal and LibAnswers chat widgets should continue to function in the LibGuides 2.0 environment. You will need to reinstall them, however.
Is the "Lib" pronounced as in "liberation" or as in "library"?
According to SpringShare, the "Lib" in LibGuides should be pronounced as in "liberation", but everyone will know what you mean if you pronounce it otherwise!