While LibGuides is a highly flexible platform, using a standard layout can help to create a seamless experience for users. A unified experience is more user friendly. For this reason, all FSU guides should:
Select the correct guide type when creating a Research Guide. Guide types can later be used to sort guides and in analytics.
Subject associations are an important part of organizing LibGuides. The Subject associations can be changed from within a research guide by clicking the edit icons for "Subjects" and/or "Tags" in the top navigation menu, just beneath the guide title. Select appropriate subjects from the list available. This is how the main Research Guide homepage is populated with guides by subject.
You may also add custom tags to improve your guide's discoverability.
Note: "Subject Specialties," the LibGuides term for Liaison or Subject Librarian subjects, are part of a Librarian's profile within LibGuides. These are separate from the Subjects we attach to individual guides.
To have a Subject Specialty added or removed, contact a LibGuides Admin. To view your current Subject Specialties, check your profile page.
Assigning friendly URLs to your guide and each guide page will also improve navigation and understanding. A friendly URL both carries meaning and is easier to share.
The appearance of a LibGuide is by and large determined by default system settings. Various aspects are set using custom settings by LibGuides administrators. Other parts of the appearance can be changed. Within the WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) rich text editor, various changes can be made to the style. LibGuides editors should consider whether the changes being made are beneficial to the end user or are distracting and unnecessary.
Want to get fancy? Are you comfortable with HTML code? Bob Smith at West Texas A&M University has a great guide:
Font Awesome provides a collection of scalable icons to include in your page almost 700 icons to choose from.
LibGuides are already set up with Font Awesome functionality, using version 4.7.0 of Font Awesome. To see a list of all available icons click the following link https://fontawesome.com/v4.7.0/icons/.
To include a Font Awesome icon, navigate to the link given above, copy the HTML for the desired icon, switch the rich text editor to and paste the code into the editor.
<i aria-hidden="true" class="fa fa-book fa-3x"></i> is displayed as
For additional information about how to use Font Awesome, visit their documentation: https://fontawesome.com/v4.7.0/examples/.