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Re: LibGuides v2 - Templates and Nav

From:

Benjamin Florin <[log in to unmask]>

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Code for Libraries <[log in to unmask]>

Date:

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 16:19:04 -0400

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>  So the one thing we really wanted to do was customize the header of a
> guide based on whether it was produced at the health sciences library or at
> the main campus library, to hopefully help students keep track of where
> they are.


Have you tried assigning the Health Sciences guides to their own groups and
adding custom header HTML at the group-level (Admin > Groups >
Header/Footer/Tabs/Boxes)? You can't use the new mustache-based templating
inside the headers, but you can use plain-jane HTML.


On Tue, Sep 16, 2014 at 3:14 PM, Will Martin <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> My impression of the LibGuides v2 template system is that it's decent
> within strict boundaries.  We just launched LibGuides v2 about 6 weeks
> ago.  We took a look at the templates, and opted not to do anything with
> them, because they didn't do what we needed them to.
>
> Our instance of LibGuides is shared between the main campus library and
> the health sciences library.  Students navigating the system are often
> confused if they accidentally wind up looking at a guide produced for the
> other set of patrons.  So the one thing we really wanted to do was
> customize the header of a guide based on whether it was produced at the
> health sciences library or at the main campus library, to hopefully help
> students keep track of where they are.
>
> Unfortunately, LibGuides' template system can't do that.  It only applies
> to the content areas of the guide.  Within that area, it affords a great
> degree of flexibility as regards the HTML markup of the guides.  Outside of
> that area, it's useless.
>
> So we're running with the defaults.  I may revisit those at some point,
> but for now we're reasonably happy with them.
>
> Oh, and here's a link to the documentation for the template system:
>
> http://support.springshare.com/libguides/guidetemplates/intro
>
> It does require you to be logged into your LibApps account, because
> apparently the details of their templating system is a deep, dark secret.
>
> Will
>
>
>
>
> On 2014-09-16 10:48, Graham, Jeannie wrote:
>
>> Our library is also just getting ready to delve into LibGuides v2 so
>> I'm also interested in hearing what others are doing!
>>
>>
>>
>> Thank you,
>>
>> -- Jeannie Graham
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>> Jeannie Graham
>>
>> California State University, Chico
>>
>> Meriam Library - Library Technology Specialist
>>
>> Chico, CA 95929-0295
>>
>> [log in to unmask]
>>
>> 530-898-4311
>>
>>
>>
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Code for Libraries [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf
>> Of Brad Coffield
>> Sent: Monday, September 15, 2014 12:19 PM
>> To: [log in to unmask]
>> Subject: [CODE4LIB] LibGuides v2 - Templates and Nav
>>
>>
>>
>> Hi all,
>>
>>
>>
>> I'm finally diving into our Libguides v2 migration and I'm wondering
>> if anyone would be willing to share their experience/choices regarding
>> templating. (Or even some code!)
>>
>>
>>
>> I'm thinking left-nav is the way to go. Has anyone split the main
>> content column into two smaller columns? Done that with a
>> column-width-spanning box atop the main content area? Any other neato
>> templates ideas?
>>
>>
>>
>> We are in the process of building a "style guide" for all libguides
>> authors to use. And also some sort of peer-review process to help
>> enforce the style guide. I'm thinking we are going to want to restrict
>> all authors to left-nav templates but perhaps the ideal solution would
>> be to require left-nav of all but to have a variety of custom left-nav
>> templates to choose from.
>>
>>
>>
>> Any thoughts are much appreciated!
>>
>>
>>
>> Warm regards,
>>
>>
>>
>> Brad
>>
>>
>>
>> --
>>
>> Brad Coffield, MLIS
>>
>> Assistant Information and Web Services Librarian Saint Francis University
>>
>> 814-472-3315
>>
>> [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>
>>
>

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