The LibGuides platform includes several types of assets, or resources that you might add to your guide. These include Databases, Links, Books from the Catalog, and Widgets among others.
The database asset type appears superficially similar to links, however these two asset types are distinct.
As of May 2021, the LibGuides database list is managed manually and independently from the FSU Libraries Website Database List. If, for any reason, the available databases in the LibGuides A-Z Database List do not match those available on the website, send in an RT ticket to WebDev.
Links are the most flexible asset type in the LibGuides platform. However, they require the most maintenance. Links to external sources can break at any time and must be kept up to date.
Consider differentiating between Open Access resources and those that are paid for by FSU Libraries (or other university departments) and are therefore restricted to current FSU affiliates.
Adding books with the Books from the Catalog asset type can be a way to add visual interest and variety to your guides. This asset type supports images of book covers, call numbers, and links that can either go to the catalog or a direct link to an ebook platform.
In Summer 2021, FSU Libraries will migrate to a new ILS. This means every link to the current catalog (Aleph/Mango) or discovery layer (EDS/OneSearch) will break and must be replaced with links to the new discovery tool (Primo VE). Before you attempt to replace every link, ask the following:
Ebooks should link directly to the ebook platform rather than a catalog or discovery layer record. This provides users with immediate access to the content.