Springy Tips & Tricks – SpringyNews: Short & Sweet – Springshare Buzz at Springshare

  • Feb 2015

    tags: springy_news

    • 1. Creating Page, and Sub-Page, Friendly URLs (LG1 & LG2)

    • Properly nested URLs are important to the User Experience (UX).

    • Proper Page-Level URL Structure:

          

      http://domain.libguides.com/guide/top-level-page/sub-page

    • 2. Cut to the Chase – Front Load your ‘Best Bet’ Content (LG1 & LG2)

    • front-load the first page of your LibGuides with ‘Best Bets’ resources.

    • 3. Organize Your LibGuides Content for Optimal Use (LG2)

    • Think of each guide, page, box, and asset item as a tool – and organizing them for optimal use helps you build LibGuides faster and maintain them easier. 

    • 4. What’s in a Name? (LG2)

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        • Name for Findability – when naming your assets, giving it a rich description will help patrons understand what the asset is and how to use it. But, giving it a name and description that you’ll remember will help you find it 3, 6, or 12 months from now. 
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        • Use Search – in Content > Assets, you can search on an asset’s title and description fields. Use that to your advantage when trying to find assets to reuse. 
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        • Asset Types – You might remember today that you created a link asset to an e-book, but will you remember three months from now? Save yourself time and frustration and always use the right asset type for content you’re adding. 
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        • Subject Categories – remember, you can assign subject categories to your assets! In the future, you’ll be able to: 
             

          • Retrieve a list of assets by subject
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          • Build widgets by asset type & category. For example, show me all the links assigned to the subject area of Nursing. 

    • 5. Streamline Your Image Management (LG2)

    • Sharing is Caring – If you have images that at least one other guide author might want to reuse, add them to your shared image library. 

      • Use Folders – In LibGuide2, create folders and store images in them, making it really easy to find the image you need to use again and again. Try: 

           

        • Naming Folders by Guide
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        • Naming Folders by Type (Database Logos, Screenshots, etc.)
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        • Naming Folders by Importance (Reused Images, One-Off Images, etc.)

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