The University of Pittsburgh University Library System has implemented a way to organize and showcase library resources and services available to Pitt faculty and students for research and study.
LibGuides are a content management and information sharing system designed specifically for libraries. The platform allows for easy navigation through and instruction on core and relevant resources in a particular subject field, class, or assignment.
Furthermore, this platform effectively invites collaboration between librarians and instructors to meet the research needs of a particular department, class, or assignment.
The LibGuide platform allows us to:
The University of Pittsburgh's ULS Librarians make general subject guides, guides for specific courses, and even for specific assignments. Whatever the need, we can work with you!
We have the ability to control the style of your guide by adding tabs and by selecting different types of content boxes such as:
Simple Web Links - Enter a series of links inside the box. Each link has a title, url, and an optional short description which appears when the user hovers over the link.
Links and Lists - Create a bullet lists of web links and non-web link items (regular lists). Each item can have a short description which appears underneath the item, and an optional More Info button which the user can click to get more information. We can track the usage statistics (outgoing clicks) for the links.
Books from the Catalog - Describe any number of books and provide links to them from the Library Catalog. Images of book covers can also be included.
Documents & File - Allows uploading of any number of files to your guide. Individual files cannot be larger than 5MB each. Each file can have a short description (255 characters).
Google Web, Books, Patent, or Scholar - These search boxes can be added to within the guide. A default search term whose search results will show when the user loads the guide can be added to Google Web or Scholar can also be added.
Interactive Polls- Enables us to create a short poll on your page. Create a question up to 6 choices for your poll. Each poll has a url and you can view real-time results.
Embedded Media and Chat Widgets-The Embedded Media & Widgets box allows us to add video, audio, or any other widget on your guide.
Podcast Feeds- Podcast box enables us to display the contents of a podcast feed on your guide.
Surveys- We can add class surveys on their library learning experience on your guide.
E-Reserves- If you have an e-reserves list for your class through the library, we can add the e-reserves list as a page.
Highlight book or ebook titles that students will use in the class.
Users can stay connected with new content in the system using both email alerts and/or RSS updates - available by content area, author, or tags/keywords. Check out the example below!
Here are a few examples of the ways instructors can reinforce information seeking skills within your classes through LibGuides or through examples embedded on Canvas.