Getting more from your subject guides by going 2.0

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Mountain Plains Library Association, Page: 44

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Del Bosque, Darcy C
Academic libraries – Reference services; Electronic information resources; Library subject guides; Online information services; Web 2.0; Library and Information Science
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•Don’t hide the guide! Make sure there is an obvious link from the homepage.• Brand guides so they are easy to promote.• Remember to refer to subject guides in other tools utilized by the library. Mention them on the library’s blog or put a link on the Facebook page.• Publicize your guides often. Show them in instruction sessions and at the Reference Desk.• Organize guides for easy navigation.• Be concise, not comprehensive. These are resources to aid in starting research.• Individuality is good, but so is consistency. Keep guides similar enough so patrons recognize them as authoritative sources from your library.• Leave out the jargon. Use terminology everyone can understand.• Don’t fix ‘em and forget ‘em. Aim to update, modify, and check links at least twice a year.• Forget PDFs, they are harder to keep updated. 2.0 technologies like wikis, blogs, and subject guide software make updating easy; even a novice can do it.• Work with faculty to make new guides and incorporate them into classroom activities.• Help patrons to get to know librarians and their areas of expertise. Provide relevant contact information, even a photo so patrons can recognize you!• Assess your guides yearly. Are they getting used, who is using them, are they helpful?