I received an email from the Head of Reader Services last week. It had a link in it and told me my username and password asking me to check it out. So, I checked it out and didn't think it really applied to me. I couldn't imagine how I could possibly use this site called LibGuides. I read through a few of the pages and saw that there was a faculty welcome, information about ARTSTOR and some LibGuides pertaining to classes here on campus. What could this possibly have to do with Interlibrary Loan?
Every summer I work on a folder about how to fill ILL requests. Just in case I ever suddenly go away, anyone could do what I do by simply following my step-by-step instructions in this folder. I call it my "Hit By the Bus" folder. Although, I never cross enough busy streets to actually get hit by a bus, but one never knows. I mentioned to the Head of Access Services that I'd like to start a wiki to use as this guide instead of a folder. She immediately asked if I had thought of using LibGuides. OH! That's what I could do!
Now I have all these ideas about how to use LibGuides. I have already started my "Hit by the Bus" page and it should be published by the end of the summer, but it will be private. Which is another great part about LibGuides. Some of them can only be seen by admins and others by the public right from the homepage. I have been having a great time playing with it and figuring things out on my own, but there is also a tutorial that can be viewed at any time.
I'm going to start one right now about our ILL policies. There is a permanent widget on this blog in the side bar that has links to a few of the LibGuides we have published here. Check it out!