1. Does LibGuides allow everyone to create Guides and add content?
To create and "add" to LibGuides requires an account within the RILINK Schools LibGuides platform. All RILINK libraries are entitled to a "site" as a benefit of RILINK membership. All member librarians are entitled to an account as well.
2. What are the benefits of using the integrated forms (LibWizard Item) on LibGuides versus using a Google Form?
Benefits are often a matter of preference. These are some of the characteristics of the LibWizard Platform.
3. I have no idea what LibCal is and how I might use it.
LibCal is a tool to manage every from the booking of your library space to the equipment is loan. Its four distinct modules ( Hours and Locations Management; Room and Equipment Reservations; Event Registration and Management; and Librarian Appointment Scheduler) work together to manage scheduling needs. I have linked the Springshare product information after the next question.
4. Have you or any LibGuides user had experience using LibCal with the Zoom Integration for scheduling appointments with students? https://blog.springshare.com/2020/04/30/libcal-and-libanswers-major-new-functionality-release/
Having just set up the conference, I wish I could answer "yes" to this question, but this option is only available if you have a paid subscription.
The RILINK LibCal site as well as those of our members are "free" sites. This type of site is no longer available and does not enjoy the "bells"and "whistles" of the paid version ( nor do we expect that).
5. Can I directly link to specific parts of my LibGuide from another site like my RICAT or Destiny Discover homepage?
To link to a specific part of a LibGuide use the friendly URL for the page or the Box Link to focus in on a specific part of a page. The screencast demonstrates how to add a friendly URL to a RICAT homepage.
Hint- Friendly URLs are recommended for all pages.
6. Is there a way I can receive an automated report for broken links?
To view the report you have to login to your account and view it under Tools.
7. I’m looking for best tips and tricks to make the LibGuide more useful. I want to make sure it’s effective for stakeholders.
LibGuides come in all shapes and sizes reflecting the needs of the particular audience. Each member librarian is free to create content in a way that suits those needs. Springshare Help provides a "best practices" guide which is linked below. RILINK staff strive to provide the support needed to create effective guides.
8. I would like to know if we could add a listserv which would, automatically, update. For instance, I would like to add the Commissioner's weekly memo that I receive via email somewhere to the library page.
The essential answer to this "no." I have outlined some issues below,
We can strategize other options if you decide to try this.
9. What is the advantage of using LibGuides instead of Google sites?
We actually have an entire guide dedicated to sharing with you the benefits of LibGuides CMS over many platforms, not just Google Sites. Please visit the link below.
10. How do I use widgets? Best use, most popular/useful, etc.. For example, there was a previously used “new books” widget and I could not figure out how to update it (added by the previous librarian).
Widgets is the most popular/ common way to start a search or view a video on a website. They use embedded code so students can begin their search using a particular database or view a video on the site. Have a Goodreads account and you want to share books you are reading? Add as a widget to your site? What them to watch a You Tube video without leaving your site? Add it as a widget.
Without actually seeing the widget that couldn't be updated, my best guess is the widget code was generated (created)in a personal account such as Goodreads. To add a widget to your site, you must have access ( a subscription in many cases) to generate the necessary embed code.
Visit Media/Widgets on the RILINK Schools LibGuides CMS Users Guide for more details.