Hillman Library: Libguides and Lesson Plans

This week at Hillman I focused on learning about Hillman Libguides with Kate Joranson, one of the librarians on the libguide committee for the Pitt Library Website.

Lesson Plan Update

I completed my lesson plan for Mendeley and Advanced Mendeley today, and now just await Marnie’s approval to move onto the next task. You can take a look at the version I completed here.

Pitt Libguide Conventions

I learned a lot of important information about how University of Pittsburgh handles thier libguides to maintain consistency. There is a series of important things to keep in mind while creating a libguide for Pitt. I also learned how interns are involved in the process of libguide creation, and maintenance.

Naming Conventions

All libguides through the University of Pittsburgh are named very specifically:

  • Subject Guides: Subject@Pitt
  • Classes: Class-Location of Class

Both of the libguides I’m working closely in are considered “subject” guides: Mendeley@Pitt, and Advanced Research Tools@Pitt

Structure Conventions for Lists

All lists of databases, resources, or other aggregates must be created with a “list” box in the libguide, so that statistics are easily found for what links have been clicked. The description of those links at Pitt are always hand written, to assure that the students are getting new information out of the libguide that they might not be able to access otherwise.

The Master Index

The master index is a group of boxes that can be pulled from at Pitt to keep consistency throughout the libguides, and so that changes can be made in all of them at once (since the links all go back to the original guide).

The Review Process

After creating a libguide, you can set the guide to “published” but “private” and email a link to the board, who will check your spelling, make suggestions, and check for conventions before publishing your Libguide.

Pictures in Libguides 

Pictures can be used in libguides at Pitt as long as they are within copyright law, professional, and high quality.

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