Posted by: bluesyemre | November 3, 2015

#LibGuides and the #Library Web Site by Lisa Antonia Campbell


For the past half decade, the University of Michigan Library has provided its staff with two content management systems for information and research assistance. The largest one, Drupal, powers the library’s website (  The second one, Springshare’s LibGuides, powers Research Guides, our subject, course, and specialized information guides.

We chose this option when we moved our library website into Drupal and decided not to dedicate effort to duplicating the functionality of LibGuides. At the same time, we wanted to make sure that content from the LibGuides system was well represented in the library’s website and search functionality so that it was easily discoverable by our students, faculty, and staff, in the course of their research activities.

While this dual approach creates some opportunities for user confusion, it also creates broad opportunities for specialized systems to do what they do best. Through integration and harmonization of data and user experience, we have been able to provide access for users to these important content areas, even when the underlying systems are different.

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