[Eril-l] LibGuides CMS

Steve Oberg steve.oberg at wheaton.edu
Wed Jun 10 11:24:01 PDT 2015

We do not use LibGuides as the basis for our Databases A-Z (which has about 240 entries in it), for many reasons. Instead we’ve worked up a nice, automated way to provision our Databases A-Z directly from data in our ERM, which is CORAL. Our website CMS is Drupal. I just gave a presentation at NASIG on how this works. See slides at http://www.slideshare.net/NASIG/the-future-is-flexible-extensible-and-community-based-coral-as-source-for-databases-a-z

I know this doesn’t answer the question but it might provide some ideas for how things might work using different tools.


Steve Oberg<http://www.wheaton.edu/Academics/Faculty/O/Steve-Oberg>
Assistant Professor of Library Science
Electronic Resources and Serials
Wheaton College (IL)
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From: Eril-l on behalf of Sarah Miller
Date: Wednesday, June 10, 2015 at 1:15 PM
To: "Pennington, Buddy D."
Cc: "eril-l at lists.eril-l.org<mailto:eril-l at lists.eril-l.org>"
Subject: Re: [Eril-l] LibGuides CMS


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<mailto:penningtonb at umkc.edu>> wrote:

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<mailto:penningtonb at umkc.edu>
UMKC Libraries<http://library.umkc.edu/>

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