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Meeting Researchers Where They Are: Home

presented at the Charleston Conference, November 7, 2014

Poll for Session Attendees

I am a:
Librarian: 6 votes (54.55%)
Database vendor: 1 votes (9.09%)
Publisher: 3 votes (27.27%)
Other: 1 votes (9.09%)
Total Votes: 11

The next three questions are for librarians

The most detailed version of listings/codings about databases that my library provides is:
A - Z list of databases without descriptions: 0 votes (0%)
A - Z list of databases with descriptions: 1 votes (16.67%)
Subject-specific lists of databases: 3 votes (50%)
Subject filters or tags for locating databases: 2 votes (33.33%)
Other: 0 votes (0%)
None of the above: 0 votes (0%)
Total Votes: 6


To create/edit library subject guides, my institution mostly uses:
LibGuides: 4 votes (80%)
Drupal: 0 votes (0%)
LibData: 0 votes (0%)
Library a la Carte: 0 votes (0%)
SubjectsPlus: 0 votes (0%)
Dreamweaver (Adobe): 0 votes (0%)
Expression (Microsoft): 0 votes (0%)
Other: 0 votes (0%)
Don't currently create subject guides: 0 votes (0%)
I don't know: 1 votes (20%)
Total Votes: 5

The next question is for LibGuides subscribers:

Which version of LibGuides is your institution currently using?
LibGuides v1 (original basic version): 2 votes (40%)
LibGuides CMS v1 (formerly CampusGuides): 0 votes (0%)
LibGuides v2 (2014 update): 0 votes (0%)
LibGuides CMS v2 (2014 update): 2 votes (40%)
I don't know: 1 votes (20%)
Total Votes: 5

Session Overview

There are several aspects to helping researchers discover and effectively use library resources. LibGuides provide a mechanism for mediating quality resource tools in a format conducive to various learning approaches and audiences. A key feature of the LibGuides system is the ease of reusing content in multiple ways. Usage statistics can be focused down to each instance where an individual asset is listed within the system to evaluate which pages are most effective at reaching the researcher.

Meeting Researchers Where They Are:

  • Marketing Library Resources Externally
  • Marketing Library Resources Internally
  • Improving Navigation of the Library Website
  • Providing Multiple Paths of Discovery
  • Incorporating Help Links & Tutorials
  • Providing Starting Points for Basic Researchers
  • Adding Details for Advanced Researchers
  • Using LibGuides to Teach Research Skills
  • Collaborating with Faculty and Students
  • Collecting Usage Statistics
  • Assessing What Works

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