Hi Alex,

That's a great question! I would surmise that a plug-in system and other
advanced tech features don't exist yet for a couple of reasons.  First,
we're a small company.  We have eight products and a small development
team; right now the priority is getting out v2 apps.  Second, we have more
than 4500 LibGuides customers, and some have more than one site.  The vast,
vast majority of those folks use LibGuides out of the box, with a few color
customizations that they accomplish with the UI (or a lot, as you've
seen...).  Some folks are advanced enough to figure out and alter the
default CSS and put their customizations in the Custom JS/CSS field.  Then
there is this group. :)  There are a few LibGuides admins who do
customization at this group's level who aren't on this list (or are you? :)

I'd also second the Lounge ( as a good group. There's
an academic libraries group there, which is quite active.


On Thu, Sep 25, 2014 at 1:07 PM, Alex Armstrong <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> The web content workflow and governance issues that were brought up are
> really important. I would love to discuss them at excruciating length. But
> content ownership conundrums and the frustrations of WYSIWYG editors are
> broader issues that can be usefully taken up in other threads.
> I de-lurked here because I saw an opening to discuss LibGuides with other
> people who have a stake in it, especially as a lightweight CMS. I think
> Josh's description of its limitations was very good. His feature
> propositions, including that of a curated plugin system, were even better.
> I have a question though: Why doesn't it exist already?
> LibGuides is limited, though the v2 API looks promising for client-side
> stuff. We should be talking with Springshare about improving workflows for
> admins -- such as (an example I came across today) being able to upload
> more than one image at a time. And, in the meantime, there's other stuff we
> can do now: community docs, templates, themes, best practices, etc. I've
> been surprised by the lack of this material, considering how widely
> LibGuides is implemented.
> Does anyone else find this stuff interesting?
> Alex
> On 09/25/2014 05:48 PM, Cindi Blyberg wrote:
>> One more great guide to share - a literary journal from a k12 in
>> Australia:
>> For you LG admins out there - it's a series of RT content types that's
>> governed by an external stylesheet.  They have LibGuides CMS, and this
>> private guide is in its own group.
>> *back to lurking*
>> On Wed, Sep 24, 2014 at 2:00 PM, Cindi Blyberg <[log in to unmask]>
>> wrote:
>>  Jesse reminds me that I meant to point out that there is a "Paste from
>>> Word" button in the RTE that will strip out all that microsoft nonsense.
>>> Not quite what you were asking for (suppressing tags from the RTE--I
>>> passed
>>> that suggestion on to the devs) but it's what we refer people to who
>>> break
>>> their formatting accidentally with a massive paste.  There's also a
>>> "Paste
>>> as Plain Text" button that has a similar effect.
>>> On Wed, Sep 24, 2014 at 1:32 PM, Jesse Martinez <[log in to unmask]>
>>> wrote:
>>>  I can commiserate!
>>>> The tactic we've used at our university was to use the data migration
>>>> from
>>>> LGv1 to LGv2 as a means to convene guide authors and rethink
>>>> * the future overall layout of our guides (new side menu has been our
>>>> design choice but complicates preexisting three- and four-column
>>>> layouts);
>>>> * their intended use (pastiche of related but independent boxes on the
>>>> guide or something with a simple flow/concise content -- it's a
>>>> philosophical discussion, for sure);
>>>> * breakdown of content (when it is appropriate to have long detailed
>>>> pages
>>>> or break down into sub-pages, which have their own issues...);
>>>> *  the strict use of accessibility policies (must set up strict policies
>>>> about funky colors & fonts, minimize use HTML tables, content column
>>>> layout
>>>> w.r.t. responsive design, etc.).
>>>> I feel our internal conversations and meetings about rethinking
>>>> LibGuides
>>>> v2 with our staff have gone over well, and reiterating appropriate "best
>>>> practices" or suggestions whenever I field a LibGuides question have
>>>> birthed some improvements in guide construction. It's an ongoing battle,
>>>> of
>>>> course!
>>>> There are some heavy-handed tactics in place here too. For instance
>>>> we've
>>>> hidden the Fonts button in the guide editor using CSS.
>>>> span#cke_12 {display:none;}
>>>> This doesn't stop custom html or copy/pasting Word content (ugh) from
>>>> getting through, but it does allows us to say, "nope, we're not
>>>> supporting
>>>> Comic Sans!"
>>>> On Wed, Sep 24, 2014 at 12:56 PM, Joshua Welker <[log in to unmask]>
>>>> wrote:
>>>>  I lol'ed several times reading your message. I feel the pain. Well, it
>>>> is
>>>>> nice to know I am not alone. You are right that this in particular is
>>>>> an
>>>>> organizational problem and not a LibGuides problem. But unfortunately
>>>>> it
>>>>> has been an organizational problem at both of the universities where
>>>> I've
>>>>> worked that use LibGuides, and it sounds like it is a problem at many
>>>>> other libraries. I'm not sure what it is about LibGuides that brings
>>>>> out
>>>>> the most territorial and user-marginalizing aspects of the librarian
>>>>> psyche.
>>>>> Does anyone have any positive experience in dealing with this? I am on
>>>> the
>>>>> verge of just manually enforcing good standards even though it will
>>>> create
>>>>> a lot of enmity. LibGuides CMS has a publishing workflow feature that
>>>>> would force all guide edits to be approved by me so that I could stamp
>>>>> this stuff out each time it happens.
>>>>> To enforce, or not to enforce, that is the question--
>>>>> Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of
>>>>> outrageously poor usability,
>>>>> Or to take arms against a sea of ugly guides,
>>>>> And by forcing compliance with standards and best practices, end them?
>>>>> Josh Welker
>>>>> -----Original Message-----
>>>>> From: Code for Libraries [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf
>>>>> Of
>>>>> Will Martin
>>>>> Sent: Wednesday, September 24, 2014 11:34 AM
>>>>> To: [log in to unmask]
>>>>> Subject: Re: [CODE4LIB] LibGuides v2 - Templates and Nav
>>>>>  4. Admin controls are not very granular. With most aspects of editing
>>>>>> a guide, you either have the option of locking down styles and
>>>>>> templates completely (and oh your colleagues will howl) or allowing
>>>>>> everything (and oh your eyeballs will scream). Some of these things
>>>>>> could very well be improved in the future, and some probably will not.
>>>>> This!  My librarians have successfully resisted every attempt to impose
>>>>> any kind of standardization.  Visual guidelines?  Nope.  Content
>>>>> guidelines?  Nope.  Standard system settings?  Nope.  Anything less
>>>>> than
>>>>> 100% free reign appears to be anathema to them.
>>>>> The result, predictably, is chaos.  Our guides run the gamut.  We have
>>>>> everything:
>>>>> - Giant walls of text that no one ever reads.
>>>>> - Lovingly crafted lists of obscure library sources that rarely (if
>>>>> ever) bear any relation to what the patron is actually trying to do.
>>>>> - A thriving ecosystem of competing labels.  Is it "Article Indexes",
>>>>> "Article Databases", just plain "Databases", or something more exotic?
>>>>> Depends which apex predator rules this particular neck of the jungle.
>>>>> - Green text on pink backgrounds with maroon borders.  Other pages in
>>>> the
>>>>> same guide might go with different, equally eye-twisting color schemes.
>>>>> I'm not even sure how he's doing that without access to the style
>>>>> sheet,
>>>>> but he's probably taught himself just enough HTML to mangle things in
>>>>> an
>>>>> effort to use "friendly" colors.
>>>>> - Some guides have three or even FOUR rows of tabs.  With drop-down
>>>>> submenus on most of them, naturally.
>>>>> - A few are nicely curated and easy to use, but they're in a distinct
>>>>> minority.
>>>>> I've tried.  I've pushed peer-reviewed usability studies at them.  I've
>>>>> reported on conference sessions explaining exactly why all these things
>>>>> are bad.  I've brought them studies of our own analytics.  I've had
>>>>> students sit down and get confused in front of them.  Nothing has
>>>>> gotten
>>>>> through, and being the only web type at the library, I'm outnumbered.
>>>>> Just the thought of it makes me supremely tired.
>>>>> I'm sorry if this has digressed.  LibGuides is not at fault, really.
>>>>> It's an organizational problem.  LibGuides just seems to be the flash
>>>>> point for it.
>>>>> Will
>>>> --
>>>> Jesse Martinez
>>>> Web Services Librarian
>>>> O'Neill Library, Boston College
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>>>> 617-552-2509