May 19, 2022

New Preprint: Library Use of Web-Based Research Guides

Title: Library Use of Web-based Research Guides

Authors: Jimmy Ghaphery (VCU Libraries) and Erin White (VCU Libraries)

Source: ITAL: Information Technology and Libraries

From the Introduction:

This paper describes the ways in which libraries are currently implementing and managing web- based research guides (aka Pathfinders, LibGuides, Subject Guides, etc.) by examining two sets of data from the spring of 2011. One set of data was compiled by visiting the websites of 99 American university ARL libraries and recording the characteristics of each site’s research guides. The other set of data is based on an online survey of librarians about the ways in which their libraries implement and maintain research guides. In conclusion, a discussion follows that includes implications for the library technology community.

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