[Asis-l] LibGuide Widgets: The Greatest Thing Since Sliced Bread

Gerry Mckiernan gerrymck at iastate.edu
Tue Jun 19 17:54:38 EDT 2007


LibGuide Widgets: The Greatest Thing Since Sliced Bread


This Just In ...

LibGuides widgets: The Latest Innovation brought to the Library World by Springshare.

[ http://www.springshare.com/ ]

LibGuides widgets are customizable flash-based components which display any LibGuides content selected, including the latest content and most popular LibGuides. These widgets can be easily embedded into any webpage, blog, social network, or courseware system. They can be inserted the same way that a YouTube video or a Meebo chat widget are inserted in a Web page.

A limitless number of widgets can be created and embedded anywhere. A search box at the bottom of each widget, allowing users to easily search your local OPAC, if so configured.

Distribute Library Content and Services Across the Web

LibGuides widgets enable librarians to distribute content and share knowledge with patrons across the web. One can customize widgets depending on the targeted audience:

***Display LibGuides related to a particular subject specialty
***Embed a widget in a courseware (e.g., Blackboard) page and customize the content for the particular clas
***Embed a LibGuide widget into your Facebook profile to showcase library databases and services.

With LibGuides widgets, a library can extend its online presence, connect with members of its local and remote communities, and enable searching the library catalog inside blogs, social networking sites, and courseware systems.

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Gerry McKiernan
Science and Technology Librarian
Iowa State University Library
Ames IA 5011
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