Rolling out Campus Guides

We began implementing Campus Guides (LibGuides CMS) this week. Two projects will kick-off this new platform for us:

  1. Building out new informational pages that target specific campus groups (faculty will come first)
  2. Redesigning the “LibGuides” workflow for guide publication by using groups for admin purposes

The informational pages have been a usability disaster for some time, but we had delayed doing anything about this because our current CMS is it’s own kind of disaster. Now that we have Campus Guides, though, we can implement some information architectural changes and interface enhancements (using JQuery) to vastly improve the utility of these kinds of pages.

An admin group that requires admin access to edit content will serve as the content management system for things like navigation boxes, Jquery features and other code-intensive objects that non-technical staff should not be touching. Another group will house the “guides” themselves, where librarians can access templates embedded with the admin group’s content.

We’ll be doing something similar with our traditional libguides content: creating an admin group that contains the “steal this guide” content with things like canned search boxes, book feeds, etc. We’ll also be creating a Test group for these libguides where interesting features can be explored without allowing others to copy such content. Once these tests are approved as public content, we can then simply place that new content into the “steal this guide” group for use across the system.

I’m curious if others out there have tried this approach. On paper it looks great. We shall see…

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