For immediate release | February 4, 2013

Using LibGuides to enhance library services

CHICAGO — “Using LibGuides to Enhance Library Services: A LITA Guide,” published by ALA TechSource and available through the ALA Store, shows readers how to harness the easy-to-use tools in Springshare’s LibGuides to help organize webpages, improve students’ research experience and learning and interact with an online community of librarians sharing their work and ideas.

Editors Aaron W. Dobbs, Ryan L. Sittler and Douglas Cook recruit expert contributors to address specific applications, creating a one-stop reference. Readers will be able to create subject guides that achieve the full potential of LibGuides, with coverage of such topics as:

  • Learning from the best—a showcase of 28 LibGuides with exceptional design and pedagogy;
  • Collaborating with faculty to embed LibGuides in course management systems;
  • Creating a customized look to your LibGuides with design flair and enhanced functionality;
  • Getting ready for smart-phone users with a plan for the mobile web;
  • Setting up Google Analytics on a LibGuide site;
  • Teaching with LibGuides.

Dobbs is systems and electronic resources librarian and assistant professor at Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania. He is heavily involved in the American Library Association as councilor-at-large on ALA Council, chair of the ALA Website Advisory Committee and as an ACRL legislative advocate.

Sittler is the instructional technology/information literacy librarian at California University of Pennsylvania. He has co-edited two other books with Douglas Cook: “Practical Pedagogy for Library Instructors” and “The Library Instruction Cookbook.” He is also part of the team that developed the educational information literacy game A Planet in Peril: Plagiarism, which won the Caspian Learning 2010 Serious Games Challenge.

Cook is an instruction librarian and professor at Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania. He has co-edited numerous books, including “Teaching Information Literacy Skills to Social Science Students and Practioners,” “Using Qualitative Methods in Action Research” and the children’s book “A Hike on the Appalachian Trail.”

The Library and Information Technology Association (LITA), a division of ALA, educates, serves and reaches out to its members, other ALA members and divisions, and the entire library and information community through its publications, programs and other activities designed to promote, develop and aid in the implementation of library and information technology.

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