Usable Library of the Month – Boston College

This month’s usable library is: Boston College Library What I like: Newly redesigned, fully responsive site uses LibGuides CMS Search results returned in “bento-box” style, with articles and books separated (see this article for more on bento box search) Includes link to old library website to ease transition Database dropdown under search box provides quick access to known…

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Usable Library of the Week – Portland State University

This week’s usable library is: Portland State University What I like: Library DIY research tutorials LibGuides are well-integrated: same look and feel Course guides (LibGuides) are separated from subject guides Available computers widget

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Can’t access from off-campus? Best help pages

One of the biggest challenges academic libraries face is how to provide easy, reliable, streamlined access to electronic resources. With multiple vendors, a clunky proxy server authentication system, and (at my library) the additional complication of a campus authentication system, this is not easy. Inevitably, off-campus students are going to have trouble accessing library resources….

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Are you a good Googler? Teaching Google literacy

Let’s face it: Google is an academic resource. We all use it – students, researchers, and yes, even us librarians. I unashamedly include “Google literacy” in my library instruction – teaching students how to be better Googlers, how to link to the library from Google Scholar, and how to evaluate the sources they find on…

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Good mobile apps for libraries – a LibGuides search

I recently became the happy recipient of a new iPad.  Now I’d like to load it up with academic library apps — apps for research, writing, reading, notetaking, and citation.  Where to go to find the best apps?  Well, to librarians, of course.  Here are some helpful mobile app LibGuides, including law and health sciences libraries:…

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