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Using Libguides As A Web 2.0 Content Management System And A Collaboration Tool For Engineering Librarians

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2010 Annual Conference & Exposition


Louisville, Kentucky

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June 20, 2010

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June 20, 2010

End Date

June 23, 2010



Conference Session

Technical Papers

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Engineering Libraries

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15.1330.1 - 15.1330.13



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Richard Bernier Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

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Richard Bernier is the Reference and Electronic Services Librarian at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology where he manages subscriptions and access to all electronic resources; conducts reference service and library instruction, and manages the digital archives project. He is currently transitioning his library toward a Library 2.0 environment.

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Using LibGuides as a Web 2.0 Content Management System and a Collaboration Tool for Engineering Librarians


With the implementation of the most widely used research guide platform LibGuides, librarians can adopt a Library 2.0 presence with minimal effort at a reasonable cost. This paper will discuss how this content management system integrates a multitude of Web 2.0 features, allowing librarians to create an interactive research environment with their users. LibGuides can also serve as a communication portal between engineering librarians and as an effective resource sharing tool. Springshare, the maker of LibGuides, has created several methods of promoting resource sharing, including the "LibGuides Community," the "Springshare Lounge," and a blog where Springshare employees can share the latest news about LibGuides and their other products. Although lacking some of the Web 2.0 components like end-user accounts, thus preventing it from being a full-blown Web 2.0 system, LibGuides does much to bridge the gap between a static Library 1.0 website and a Library 2.0 website.


For several years, librarians have been using piecemeal approaches to create a Library 2.0 presence. This has been done by adding Web 2.0 applications such as wikis, RSS feeds, blogs, and chat services, on top of static web pages on their library web site. Various other platforms have been experimented with such as wikis and content management systems such as Joomla. Both of these types of open source systems have a number of drawbacks. For instance, wikis are quite limited in how information that can be presented and content management systems like Joomla can be very complicated to configure and customize to use as a library research guide. Neither types are designed specifically to present library resources to patrons in an organized way and lack many features that librarians would like to have integrated into their guides.

Few would argue with the notion that a library website’s main purpose is still to systematically organize and present to their user base, both paid and free information resources. The answer is

Bernier, R. (2010, June), Using Libguides As A Web 2.0 Content Management System And A Collaboration Tool For Engineering Librarians Paper presented at 2010 Annual Conference & Exposition, Louisville, Kentucky. 10.18260/1-2--15634

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