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Sara Klink is the Assistant Library Director at Stark State College.

Melissa Bauer is the Online Learning Librarian at Kent State University-Stark Campus Library.

How long have you been making LibGuides?

SK: I have been having fun with LibGuides since 2007.  After seeing LibGuides at ALA and telling my fellow librarians at Ashland University how cool they were we got our subscription!  Since then I have moved into a new position developing library services at Stark State College where I insisted our first library purchase be LibGuides…of course!

MB: I started making LibGuides in 2007, I was looking to replace our current subject guides and stumbled across SpringShare’s site.  We started switching just a few subject guides over to LibGuides and then decided to run the entire library site from them!

How long have you been a librarian?

SK: Since 2005.

MB: Since 2005.

Where do you look to find LibGuide inspiration?

SK: I search the SpringShare Community to see what others are doing with their guides and for cool resources. 

MB: I always search SpringShare’s community site to look for good design examples.

What are some tips you would like to share with others who might be copying your guide?

SK: Our guide was used for a presentation on Web 2.0 tools.  As we know those tools often change or even disappear over time.  Checking to make sure links are active and information is updated will be key!  Web 2.0 is constantly changing which is part of the fun.  It’s nice to pair students and new technology in both face to face and online classrooms!

MB: What are some tips you would like to share with others who might be copying your guide? The technique of using web 2.0 tools with active learning is constantly evolving.  Use our guide as a jumping off point to create new strategies of your own!

What is your favorite thing about LibGuides?

SK: I love the ease of use.  I can make changes or updates on the fly.  It’s great to have the LibGuide community to pull ideas and even whole guides from.  The sharing of knowledge is incredibly helpful!
MB: What is your favorite thing about LibGuides? I love how flexible LibGuides can be when it comes to adding visual design details, such as videos, images, and widgets.  They give the user power to create and share information without having to learn a complex web editing software.  It’s the perfect product for librarians!


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