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LibGuides for Library Staff: Reuse Content

Guidelines for library staff for creating and maintaining research guides.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Reduce, reuse, recycle via Steve Snodgrass LibGuides makes it easy to create content because you can reuse:

  • tabs (pages)
  • boxes (pages are made up of boxes)
  • links (e.g. database URLs)

However, there is room for creativity as there is always choice to:

  • link to content (e.g. Ask a Librarian - you will always be linking to the most recent version of the box)
  • copy content (e.g. copy a box that you would like to make changes to)
  • create new content

Reuse Boxes

When we set up LibGuides, we decided on content we wanted to reuse and share: A to Z Boxes.

When adding a new content box, instead of creating a new box you can reuse existing boxes in two ways:

  • Link to another box in the system: This option duplicates the selected content box, and will change automatically whenever the original is changed. The LCC LibGuides A to Z Boxes offers boxes which can be linked to on multiple guides, such as Ask a Librarian, Catalog search box, MultiSearch boxes, YouTube videos. 
  • Copy another box from the system: This option duplicates the selected content box, but is not linked to the original. It can be edited on its own.