Meet Louise Hilton - Librarian at East Baton Rouge Parish Library
How long have you been making LibGuides?
I started working on LibGuides at the end of 2011; my first one was called “What the Dickens!” for EBRPL’s spring 2012 community read, Oliver Twist.
How long have you been a librarian?
I earned my MLIS in 2009 and my MALA in 2011 from Louisiana State University.
Where do you look to find LibGuide inspiration?
I look for ideas in the wealth of library programs and events going on in the Baton Rouge community and ask myself, “What could I share in a guide that would be useful or meaningful to our patrons?” I also visit the LibGuides community website to see what other libraries are doing, keep up with library science literature and blogs (including EBRPL’s award-winning InfoBlog, of course!), and collaborate with different departments and branches in our library system. I also follow several Tumblr blogs for visual inspiration.
What are some tips you would like to share with others who might be copying your guide?
- Add color! Using images (either from book titles if it’s a guide featuring a particular author or on a specific book or images found online) really enhance the overall look and feel of the guide.
- If linking to outside websites, always check and double-check the urls. Check the links periodically even after publishing the guide, particularly if the guide is going to stay on your website for a prolonged period of time. The LibGuide link checker is a great tool but it doesn’t catch the links in text, so be sure to check them yourself.
- Avoid having too much text in one concentrated area as you could lose the reader’s concentration. It is helpful to break up big chunks of text with graphics or bullet points.
- Proofread! Have a colleague look your guide over before publishing it to catch any typos or even minor details that make a difference, such as inconsistent fonts or margins.
What is your favorite thing about LibGuides?
My favorite thing about LibGuiding is being able to promote library usage by creating visually appealing guides on various topics while engaging and informing our patrons about our library’s resources and programs. Making LibGuides is definitely one of my favorite parts of the job.
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