I have to say that I loathe LibGuides. My library makes extensive use of
them, too. Need a web solution? The first thing out of someone's mouth is
"Let's put it in a LibGuide!"
This fall, I'll be moving our main site over to Drupal, and I'm hoping that
eventually I can convince people to re-invent their LibGuides there. I can
use the "saving money" card, and the "content silos are bad" card and
*maybe* I will be successful.
Anyone fought this particular battle before?
On Sunday, August 11, 2013, Sean Hannan wrote:
> All of this, plus SpringShare has great support. Like, the best of any
> library vendor I've dealt with. I've had them implement features within an
> hour of me sending the email suggesting it.
> The big downside of LibGuides is that it's ease of use (and ease if reuse)
> leads to content sprawl like you wouldn't believe. The new version has a
> publishing workflow that can help mitigate this, but it's better to go into
> a LibGuides project with a content strategy firmly in place.
> Sent: Saturday, August 10, 2013 9:44 PM
> Subject: Re: [CODE4LIB] LibGuides: I don't get it
> First, SpringShare has great marketing.
> Secondly, it is a very simple CMS that was offered at a time that many
> libraries were not getting good web support from IT. LibGuides became the
> easiest way to edit web pages for many people. It is certainly true at my
> institution, where we have had whole departments and units move their
> official website to LibGuides, rather than deal with Adobe Contribute and
> loose HTML files. I am now in the midst of trying to fix that problem by
> rolling out an enterprise-level web cms, but I am finding many pages that
> have quietly moved to LibGuides.
> There IS the one compelling thing about sharing a module between different
> institutions on LibGuides. If one of our faculty members generates a list
> of special resources for a topic, another faculty member in another
> institution can just insert that module into their page. Of course, the
> worldwide web solved pretty much the same problems ages ago with the
> invention of links, so I'm not sure that is really that compelling anymore.
> Just my two cents..
> Sent: Saturday, August 10, 2013 9:23 PM
> Subject: [CODE4LIB] LibGuides: I don't get it
> I've not had an opportunity to use LibGuides, but I've seen a few and read
> the features list on the SpringShare. All I see is a less flexible
> WordPress at a higher price point. What advantages am I not seeing? If
> there aren't any, is it the case that once signed up, migration to an open
> source platform is just not worth it for most institutions?