Tag Archives: cms

May 19, 2010, 12:39 pm

Redesigning your website? Why not use LibGuides as your Content Management System?

Lately… I’ve been thinking about Steven Bell’s piece
regarding the demise of the academic library website… or rather, its evolution. I
can’t prove it, but I’m pretty certain he told me once that he envisioned
library websites becoming “just libguides.”

 

At first I was dismissive. I imagined a homepage with a long
list of subjects or courses that would filter the user into the appropriate guide.
But now I’m thinking maybe this is the right path for us to take. My staff (and probably yours
too) spends an enormous amount of time and energy working
on our web presence
. But what if we chucked it all and just used LibGuides?

 

0% chance of that actually happening and I’m not entirely serious
about it just yet. But ask me in two years and my perspective could be
different.

 

What’s interesting is the
artistry of our websites. While we all pretty much offer the same…

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November 8, 2009, 7:47 pm

The Library & The CMS: a wish list

I’m really excited about the relationship that is forming between the Library and our Course Management System folks. UCSB is adopting Moodle and there is a lot of momentum gathering. The Library has been invited to be development partners but also to help with assessment as well.

Here are my quick and dirty notes of blue-sky thinking. Please feel free to add more ideas in the comments. I’m also curious to hear about tips and pitfalls of working with CMS teams.

Core theme: “the library in every course”—building on their theme of “a website for every class.” We want to integrate library resources and services into the infrastructure– make it as easy as possible for students and faculty to access the library via their course management system.

1. We’d like to have a default library “widget” or tab or space for every course. This will include basic stuff, such as…

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