Thursday, July 24, 2014

Reusing content in LibGuides

Many of us have to update our LibGuides to reflect current system changes. In LibGuides, there is an easy way to integrate information into your LibGuide that will update whenever the information changes.

I have created an unpublished LibGuide named "Template." Template has a collection of boxes with system information that you can use in your own guides. Currently there is a chat widget and a "Contact Us" box available(with phone/sms/email info).

Reusing content in LibGuides is easy:
  • Choose "Add new Box"
  • Select the "Reuse Existing Box" tab at the top of the modal dialog box
  • Select the template to reuse (In this case "template" by Ward Smith)

  • Select the box to reuse ("Ask a Librarian" or "Contact Us")

  • You can rename the box as you want or position it wherever it best fits in your LibGuide
  • Please Do not choose the  "make a copy of this box" option. This will break the link to the original. If the information changes, you will have to manually correct it.

I will be adding new boxes in the future. A WorldCat search box would seem appropriate, and we could even embed subject terms in the search related to a specific Research Guide. If you have an idea, please contact me. I would prefer to keep the content centralized so that we can all update information when it changes.

Best, Ward

Signing out of LibAnswers

Dear Librarians,

Please remember to sign out of LibAnswers when you leave the desk. Closing your browser and even shutting down the computer does NOT log you out; Whoever restarts that computer will automatically be logged back into your account.


Monday, July 21, 2014

Flickr account

Hello Librarians,

I reset our Flickr account password to PCClib2014
username is
password is PCClib2014

If you have any pictures you would like to share of past events, library displays etc., please upload them here.



Interesting Article

An interesting article in the New Yorker about online reading and learning.  Worth a skim, at least:

Thursday, July 17, 2014

LibAnswers - "Location/Campus"

Hi All,

Just a quick clarification about the metatdata option "Location/Campus" in the Transaction recorder. This records the Librarian's location when they answer the question, regardless of the student's location.We had to add that since this system covers both campuses, unlike the Google sheets which were separate documents for each campus. So please click on the appropriate campus.

The third option -Internet- is for use if YOU are accessing the system remotely to answer a question (a rarity, but it does happen).

Thanks. FP

Using LibAnswers Transactions

Hello Librarians,

What do we all think of the new stats system?

It IS a few extra clicks over the old Google docs. But just like the old sheets, you do not HAVE to enter the whole question and answer. Yes, if you get one of those 'this is gonna pop-up again and again' question (I think GB recently had one about campus parking), you might want to type it out in full and mark it as a public answer. But for the most part, you can probably save yourself the time and just leave the boxes blank, or just a couple words; really, if for whatever reason we are looking over our previous questions, and we see one that says "Open hours" I think we can assume that a user wanted to know our hours of operation, and that the librarian told them/showed them the webapage.

Now, I'm not trying to stifle anyone's record-keeping here. If you prefer to type-out detailed records of all your transaction, go ahead. I'm just saying that you shouldn't HAVE to, and that the record-keeping (whether LibAnswers or Google docs) shouldn't be a burden that interferes with getting work done at the desk.

So there are my thoughts and bits of advice on using the Transaction recorder. Anyone else?

Thanks. FP

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Please post your Accomplishments for the last year 2013-2014


Please post your accomplishments for the last year 2013-2014.

The shared document is on the Library Wiki at the bottom of the page and everything you type will automatically save.

Thank you,