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Is new LibGuide needed?

COURSE GUIDES (Report creation and progress of guides to team.)

Create a guide if one of these triggers occurs:

  • Requested by professor for assisting with specific course research assignment
  • Respond to instructor requests (refer instructor to existing subject guide when a new course guide isn't necessary)
    “…students will also use subject guides when their instructor specifically suggests that they do, as students are keenly aware that their instructors are the ones who determine the mark for their assignment.”

Ouellelte, D. (2011). Subject guides in academic libraries: A user-centred study of uses and perceptionsCanadian Journal of Information & Library Sciences, 35(4), 436-451.

  • Support consistently high research service questions, e.g., Theater Appreciation = Work with faculty
    • ​difficulty of search
    • assignment will be reused in another semester (otherwise put it on Google)
    • once team members notice multiple questions on the same topic/project (Liaison will reach out to faculty for collaboration of guide creation)
  • Guide library instruction session requested by professor (campus/online) - can include:
    • Flipped classroom situation (deliver material prior to class)
    • Reinforce learning (after class)

SUBJECT GUIDES (aka research guides)

  • Deliver efficient access to library resources by discipline
  • Liaison for area is responsible for maintenance and creation as other disciplines may be added



  • Creation needs brought to team for consensus before creating.
  • Offer information based on reference questions/answers, e.g., copyright, citing
  • Emphasize customized access to resources for specific user group need, e.g., faculty services, professional development, international students, marketing & publicity: e.g., library research contest, library book club, etc.
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