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Using LibGuides to Enhance Library Services: A LITA Guide
Edited by Aaron W. Dobbs, Ryan L. Sittler, and Douglas Cook
Item Number: 978-1-55570-880-1
Publisher: ALA TechSource
Price: $65.00
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328 pages
6" x 9"
ISBN-13: 978-1-55570-880-1
Year Published: 2013
The easy-to-use tools in Springshare’s LibGuides help you organize webpages, improve students’ research experience and learning, and offer an online community of librarians sharing their work and ideas. Editors Dobbs, Sittler, and Cook have recruited expert contributors to address specific applications, creating a one-stop reference. Readers will be able to create subject guides that achieve the full potential of LibGuides with advice on such topics as
  • Learning from the best—a showcase of 28 LibGuides with exceptional design and pedagogy
  • Collaborating with faculty to embed LibGuides in course management systems
  • Creating a customized look to your LibGuides with design flair and enhanced functionality
  • Getting ready for smart-phone users with a plan for the mobile web
  • Setting up Google Analytics on a LibGuide site
  • Teaching with LibGuides

Table of Contents


PART 1: A Brief Introduction to Libraries and the Internet

1 A Short History of Library Guides and Their Usefulness
to Librarians and Patrons
Jennifer Emanuel

PART 2: Administering and Maintaining LibGuides—for System Librarians

2 Making the Case Campus-wide
for Purchasing LibGuides
Stephanie DeLano Davis

3 Administering LibGuides:Planning, Implementation, and Beyond
Beth Larkee Kumar and Tabatha Farney

4 Strategies and Techniques for Administrators
Aaron W. Dobbs and Rich Gause

5 Developing LibGuides Training: A Blended-Learning Approach
Laura Westmoreland Gariepy, Emily S. Mazure, Jennifer A. McDaniel, and Erin R. White

PART 3: Creating LibGuides—For Guide Creators

6 Design: Why It Is Important and How to Get It Right
Nedda H. Ahmed

7 Integrating LibGuides into the Teaching-Learning Process
Veronica Bielat, Rebeca Befus, and Judith Arnold

8 Creating Your First LibGuide
Kenneth Liss

9 Adding Some Pizzazz to Your Guides
Kathy Gaynor

PART 4: Making Better Use of LibGuides

10 Helping Users Help Themselves: Maximizing LibAnswers Usage
Aaron Tay

11 Using Statistical Gathering Tools to Determine Effectiveness and Accountability
Lora Baldwin and Sue A. McFadden

12 Using LibGuides to Promote Information Literacy in a Distance Education Environment
Barbara J. Mann, Julie Lee Arnold, and Joseph Rawson

13 Why Go Mobile?
Mark Ellis, Leslie Adebonojo, and Kathy Campbell

PART 5: Technological and Pedagogical Exemplars from Academic, K–12, Public, and Special Libraries

14 Showcase of Exceptional LibGuides
Sharon Whitfield and Claire Clemens

About the Editors and Chapter Contributors

About the Editors

Aaron W. Dobbs is systems and electronic resources librarian and assistant professor at Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania. He received his master’s degree in management from Austin Peay State University and his MSLS from the University of Tennessee. Dobbs is heavily involved in the American Library Association as councilor-at-large on the ALA Council, chair of the ALA Website Advisory Committee, and as an ACRL legislative advocate. His current professional interest is in creating student-centered library websites, particularly with LibGuides. 

Ryan L. Sittler is the instructional technology/information literacy librarian at California University of Pennsylvania. Ryan holds an MLS from Clarion University, an MSIT from Bloomsburg University, and is ABD in communications media and instructional technology at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Sittler has coedited two other books with Doug Cook: Practical Pedagogy for Library Instructors (2008) and The Library Instruction Cookbook (2009). He is also part of a team that developed the educational information literacy game A Planet in Peril: Plagiarism, which won the Caspian Learning 2010 Serious Games Challenge. 

Douglas Cook is an instruction librarian and professor at Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania.He received his MLS from the University of Maryland and DEd from Pennsylvania State University. He has recently coedited five books: with Tasha Cooper, Teaching Information Literacy Skills to Social Science Students and Practioners (2006); with Ryan Sittler, Practical Pedagogy for Library Instructors (2008) and The Library Instruction Cookbook (2009); with Lesley Farmer, Using Qualitative Methods in Action Research (2011); and a children’s book with Carolyn Cook, A Hike on the Appalachian Trail (2010). His current research interests are web-centered pedagogy and real-world definitions of information literacy.

The Library and Information Technology Association (LITA), a division of ALA, educates, serves and reaches out to its members, other ALA members and divisions, and the entire library and information community through its publications, programs and other activities designed to promote, develop, and aid in the implementation of library and information technology.

”Although there have been many journal articles and conference papers written about LibGuides, this is the first attempt to pull this information together in a published volume. This is a readable and accessible guide and one I would particularly recommend to academic librarians."
— Australian Library Journal

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