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Saturday, May 7 • 9:55am - 10:45am
When All You Have is a Hammer, Everything Looks like a LibGuide: Strengths, Limitations and Opportunities of the Teaching Tool

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Library workers across academic libraries have used the LibGuides platform to build their online presence since Springshare launched the product in 2007. From building research guides to whole library websites to everything in between, the platform itself has been incredibly useful. But when specifically considering LibGuides' role in research instruction, the refrain "let's make a LibGuide" begins to ring hollow. Are LibGuides the best tool for every teaching job? This presentation will discuss the pedagogical strengths and limitations of LibGuides in research instruction, paying particular attention to critical pedagogy, user search behavior, and web design principles in their creation.

Participants will:
  1. Critically evaluate the role of LibGuides in research instruction.
  2. Describe best practices for LibGuides creation based on critical pedagogy, web design, and user behavior.
  3. Consider other methods or platforms to complement or supplement research instruction.


Urszula Lechtenberg

Learning Design Coordinator, University of Pittsburgh
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Helene Gold (she/her)

Interim Library Dean and Information Literacy Librarian, New College of Florida

Saturday May 7, 2022 9:55am - 10:45am EDT
Auditorium 1 in the Marriott Hotel