ACU Library uses the LibGuides platform to publish library guides:
We no longer use LibGuides for newsletters to academic staff.
ACU Library guides are:
Overall management of library guides at ACU is the responsibility of the Library Manager, Information Literacy. Additional areas of responsibility for library guides include:
These Library Managers are guide Owners for their faculty/area. Guide Owners will nominate a guide Editor for each library guide they own.
Are responsible for the content and overall quality of the library guides allocated to them. It is the library guide Owner’s responsibility to co-ordinate the development of any new guides and organise the regular maintenance and updating of all guides owned by them. Guide Owners should ensure that changes to guides are not made in isolation but are discussed by, and consensus reached within, their Teams/LARS Faculty groups.
Are responsible for the content of new and existing guides within their Teams/LARS Faculty groups. They collaborate with their Library colleagues and guide Owners to ensure best practice and that ACU Library procedures are followed in the creation and maintenance of guides.
Are responsible for maintaining and updating the ACU Library guide templates. They can create new guides if required (once approved by the appropriate guide Owner) and add database assets. They are also responsible for final quality assurance of guides in relation to accessibility, Writing for the Web, ACU branding and brand voice. Administrators will liaise with guide Owners to ensure the ACU Library Guide Procedures and Best Practice Guidelines are followed.
ACU Library's Procedures and Best Practice document is available on the Library’s shared drive at N:\Library\Technologies\Library Guides.
The creation of new library guides requires an approval process, to ensure consistency of purpose and product across all guides. Approval is sought from the relevant Library Manager and completion of the ACU Library Proposal form which is available on the Library’s shared drive at N:\Library\Technologies\Library Guides.
The appropriate guide Owner approves:
They also ensure ACU Library Guide procedures and best practice have been followed when developing/reviewing the guide.
Digital Services (guide Administrators) approves:
Guide Owners are responsible for notifying Administrators when a staff member who is an editor leaves ACU. Email LibraryHelp@acu.edu.au and nominate a new Editor for the guide(s).
Administrators remove the staff member from LibGuides administration and reassign guides and assets to the new Editor.
All ACU Library guides must use the standard library guide templates (zzTemplate: Library guide | subject by Diana Cranage or zzTemplate:Library guide | how to by Diana Cranage) that reflect ACU branding and best practice for digital communications.
The templates include:
Multiple content boxes and tabs are no longer considered best practice for ACU Library Guides and should not be used.
The 4 Syllables website also has information about accessibility.
All guides should be carefully reviewed by guide Owners before being sent on to Administrators for a final quality assurance check and to be published and added to the Library website.
Ideally all staff creating or editing Library Guides will have:
Springshare have excellent online resources to help you create and edit LibGuides. These simple instructions will get you started. Contact LibraryHelp if you have any problems.
Once you have created your guide you can edit the guide URL and the page URL to make them more meaningful. Otherwise you can leave it and the Administrators will update these as part of the final approval process.
Contact Library Help anytime for assistance with creating or editing library guides.
You can also post questions to the Library LibApps Workplace group. Other staff may have the same question too!
Once your guide is finished and approved by the guide Owner you can submit it for final checking and publication. Have a look at the short video below or follow these steps:
Digital Services will review the guide and liaise with the guide Owner about any changes that might be required.
Editing the accordion panels in HTML can be fiddly. Formatting will need to be done with HTML (e.g. hyperlinks, bulleted lists). Have a look at the video below. If you prefer Digital Services can put your content into the accordions:
We can now link directly to individual accordions within our new revamped 'how to' guides.
For example, link directly to the Literature/systematic reviews accordion in the Higher degree students and early career researchers guide.
If you are are LibGuide owner/editor with guides that use accordions, you will need to update some of the HTML to give each accordion a unique URL.
In a nutshell, replace:
Last reviewed January 2019