Shiny New LibGuides

We use SpringShare’s LibGuides interface at our school for our research guides. Lots of schools do and I always wondered how they were able to brand their guides to match their main website. Under the hood I went, with the help of SpringShare’s fantastic how-tos, and I turned our default-design guides into something a bit more in keeping with our (not yet launched) website redesign. All of this was done with JS/CSS adjustments. The main differences:

  • Overall colour palette changed from the gradient blues to one of our official colours paired with a neutral grey
  • Default rounded page tabs changed to square, navigation-style menu options
  • Default round content boxes changed to square with a thinner keyline

I also added a box so that students could immediately log in with Single Sign On to get immediate access to databases and ebooks. And I’m pretty sure I did other things.

Here is my original Psychology research guide:

old-psyc

Here’s the new guide, which you can click on to visit it in full:new-psyc

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