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TL Blogging Challenge #3 – I ♥ LibGuides February 8, 2014

Posted by Mrs. J in the Library in Fun Stuff, Reviews, Tech Tips.
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TL Blogging Challenge #3 – Write about a Website You Can’t Live Without.

IHeartLibGuides

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Choosing a favorite website is like choosing a favorite book.  It’s not a fair comparison, and there are just too many to choose from.

If forced to choose something for this school year at least, I would say LibGuides is my most used website that I rely on every day to run the school library.  I have the school library website hosted there, which also means we have a web-based “app.”  I’m using it to embed instructional videos to promote library services to parents.  I’m even trying to publish and curate student writing this year using LibGuides.

What I love most about LibGuides:

  • A mobile website for a mobile world!
  • I don’t have to code in HTML or use tables to make a website look great (though I can if I want to fix or tweak something).
  • I can embed almost anything: videos, photos, animated GIFs, search widgets, website links, documents in almost any file format…almost anything!
  • Reusable boxes and pages means crowd-sourcing the work of website creation.
  • A box on every page reminding users that a real person (your librarian) put time and energy into selecting, curating, and creating this resource = Instant advocacy!
  • No advertising.
  • The design is reminiscent of Pinterest…and I love Pinterest!

Runners-up to LibGuides as my favorite or most used website:

  1. Pinterest because I get so many great idea for teaching students and managing the library space, and…
  2. Feedly because while I don’t love it, it has an Android app for my phone (which I use almost exclusively to read my RSS feed).

The blogging challenge is from Cybrarian Jen at Where Books and Technology Meet.  I’m going to try it out, but instead of daily posts, I’m going to try for 1-2 posts a week.  Follow and learn with us!  The participating blogs are listed in the comments of her post.

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