[Eril-l] LibGuides CMS

Sarah Miller semiller at umbc.edu
Wed Jun 10 11:15:25 PDT 2015


Our library uses Libguides to maintain a list of databases that is
searchable and can linked from within guides.

The only difficulty I have noticed is reviewing the list of databases. If
you export the list, the URL and other defining information including
subject categories and icons that may indicate whether the database is a
paid subscription are not included in the spreadsheet. I've asked
Springshare to upgrade the export to include this type of information, but
I doubt it is a priority for them.

A number of years ago, one or more librarians were adding dozens of free,
online resources to our library's database list. I'm now sifting through a
list of several hundred databases that are not mapped to any guide, meaning
they only appear to library users when they are viewing the full list of
databases alphabetically or are returned as a search result when some
searches the list. In the course of my review, if I want to link out to the
database to determine whether it should be included in the list of
databases, I have to click an icon, then copy and paste the URL into a
browser window.

The public user interface is friendly, but it's taking to some effort to
sift through and narrow our list of 807 "databases."

Hope this helps!


Sarah Miller
Reference Librarian
AOK Library & Gallery
University of Maryland Baltimore County

On Tue, May 26, 2015 at 1:51 PM, Pennington, Buddy D. <penningtonb at umkc.edu>

>  Hi,
> I am curious to know if any of you are using libGuides CMS (
> http://springshare.com/libguides/cms.html). Specifically, is anyone using
> it to manage their database listings? We are using LibGuides for guides,
> but we use Innovative ERM for database listings, which means there is a
> disconnect between updating ERM and updating the databases the librarians
> list on their individual guides.
> Buddy Pennington
> Director of Collections and Access Management
> University of Missouri--Kansas City
> 308 Miller Nichols Library
> 800 East 51st St.
> Kansas City, MO 64110-2499
> penningtonb at umkc.edu
> 816-235-1548
> UMKC Libraries <http://library.umkc.edu/>
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