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Notes on "Mother of All LibGuides"

Mother of all LibGuides: Applying Principles of Communication and Network Theory in LibGuide Design
Carol Leibiger, Associate Professor, University of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD
Alan Aldrich, Associate Professor, University of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD

  • Pathfinders existed from 1970 – 1995; Online subject guides began in 1994
  • On average, it takes an experienced librarian 8 to 20 hours to create one subject guide. Because of this and the continual maintenance required of each guide, the more research guides one creates, the larger the workload
  • Four network structures:
    • Circle (least efficient, but most satisfying; everyone contributes & shares)
    • Chain
    • Y
    • Wheel (most efficient; least satisfying; few people are able to contribute & share)
  • Social Creator Model:
    • No organized sharing; an individual gets permission from another
  • The “Mother LibGuide” is unpublished, but made available for staff to copy pages and/or boxes from. Changes that are made to the Mother are passed on to all the children.
  • The Mother is a repository for common content (the basic boxes & pages that multiple librarians would want on their pages).
  • Who builds the Mother LibGuide?

Notes on "Hidden Patterns of LibGuides Usage"

Hidden Patterns of LibGuides Usage: Another Facet of Usability
Dr. Gabriela Castro Gessner, Research and Assessment Analyst, Cornell University Library, Ithaca, NY
Wendy Wilcox, Access Services Librarian, Cornell University Library, Ithaca, NY
Adam Chandler, Electronic Resources User Experience Librarian, Cornell University Library, Ithaca, NY

  • Bibliomining (Logs data approach)
    • Home-grown web analytics tool on who is using our content (regardless of user’s location)
  • Springshare provided the presenters with 4 months of log data on 637 LibGuides
  • This data was logged by location/institutional affiliation
  • Through this data, they discovered that 70% of their LibGuide users were not affiliated with Cornell
  • They looked at 20 guides of the 637 LibGuides from high use to low use and found that the median # of tabs for this sample were 6.
  • Is it important to know who is accessing our guides?
  • Non-related, but interesting fact: Each department at Cornell is going to pay a portion of the library’s budget
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