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Librarian Resources

Process Description

In an effort to ensure effective and consistent LibGuide creation, the below procedures have been created.

Libguide Creation Procedures

1. Choose a topic for your LibGuide. 
2. Determine the best layout for the guide’s purpose. (Side navigation or tab navigation.) 
3. Decide what content items will be included in the guide: library resources, weblinks, etc.
4. Determine the best layout per page in order to display content items.
5. Decide on a Friendly URL with a descriptive title that identifies the main subject of the guide. 
6. Assign a “guide type”: Subject Guide, Course Guide, or General Purpose. 
7. Assign a “group” if necessary. (See drop-down menu for group options.) 
8. View guide on multiple devices to check responsiveness and layout. 
9. Publish the guide. 

Layout and Design: Best Practices

1. Use the standard fonts, colors, and styles suggested by CSU Branding Guidelines. These 
should be already in place in the default LibGuide template.
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2. See template page in the LibGuides for CSU guide for standard format for a guide’s first page. Librarian
3. Write clearly and concisely—break up lengthy explanations with bullet points, subheadings, 
and other visual cues to group smaller units of information.
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4. Sometimes less is more—strive for usability, not comprehensiveness. Librarian
5. Adhere to accessibility standards in order to provide access for all users. Librarian
6. Ensure all links open in a new window. 

Maintaining Libguides

1. Use the standard fonts, colors, and styles suggested by CSU Branding Guidelines. These 
should be already in place in the default LibGuide template.
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2. See template page in the LibGuides for CSU guide for standard format for a guide’s first page. Librarian
3. Write clearly and concisely—break up lengthy explanations with bullet points, subheadings, 
and other visual cues to group smaller units of information.
Librarian
4. Sometimes less is more—strive for usability, not comprehensiveness. Librarian
5. Adhere to accessibility standards in order to provide access for all users. Librarian
6. Ensure all links open in a new window.