Nancy Florio is the Library Director and Archivist for the Canterbury School, Copley Library.
How long have you been making LibGuides?
I created my first LibGuide during an internship with the Electronic Resources and Information Technology department at Central Connecticut State University during the summer of 2009 and haven't stopped since! In addition to being the Library Director at Canterbury School, I am also an adjunct faculty at Southern Connecticut State University in their Master of Information and Library Sciences program. I teach a course on digital archiving and I have my students create a Best Practices in Digital Archiving LibGuide. The skills they learn will definitely be an asset as they move into the profession.
How long have you been a librarian?
In my heart, I have been a librarian from a young age. I started working in libraries in seventh grade and have never strayed far. I have been a professional librarian for thirteen years.
Where do you look to find LibGuide inspiration?
Much of my inspiration comes from being tuned in to my students and teachers. I listen to areas they are interested in and courses they teach that I think would benefit from having a LibGuide. Once I have an idea for a guide, I frequently go to the community site and start browsing. I love the willingness of everyone in the LibGuide community to share their knowledge and their guides. Stewart Brand is right, information really does want to be free.
What are some tips you would like to share with others who might be copying your guide?
First, think how the guide could be adapted or customized to meet the unique needs of your users. Personalize it with your tutorials or pictures from your school community. Definitely switch out the links to any databases as well as my widgets that are
linked to our databases. It can be embarrasing when someone clicks on a link and is taken to another school site. Second, my students love the search widgets over a list of links. If you can, replace my widgets with ones to your resources - your users will appreciate it. Finally, I would say to pay it forward. When the time comes when someone asks to copy your guide, definitely say, YES!
What is your favorite thing about LibGuides?
I have so many favorites that it's hard to pick just one. I love the ease of making digital resources available to my students and faculty and the supportive LibGuide community.
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