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Basic LibGuides Information

This guide provides basic information on how to create, manage, and use LibGuides.


In LibGuides, you should use your public profile to identify yourself to your audience. Your profile contains a picture, contact information, web links, subject specialties and several avenues of communication. You can manage and update the information displayed in your profile by accessing the My Profile menu option from the LibApps Dashboard.

LibApps Dashboard - Profile

It's important to note that the information entered in the My Profile page will exist all throughout the LibApps applications including LibGuides, LibAnswers, and future versions of LibCal. This is why the profile option exists only in the LibApps Dashboard and is no longer in the LibGuides and LibAnswers dashboards.

As in version 1 of LibGuides, there are two ways your profile information is displayed with LibGuides: A Profile Box and a Profile Page.

Profile Box

Your profile box is the box that appears on the LibGuides that you create. By default, your profile box will be added to the first page of any new LibGuide you create, but you can add your profile box to any page of any of your guides.

You can add quite a bit of personal information to your profile box: a picture, contact information, and even social media links and widgets.

Adding or Changing your Photo

To add or change you photo, Go to the Title & Image box on your Profile Box page. You can give your Profile Box a title (mine says "Ask Your Librarian") and add or change your profile photo. It's encouraged to use a friendly-looking photo of yourself so that researchers with questions can recognize you.


Adding or Changing Your Contact Information

Perhaps the most important information on your profile box is your contact information. To add or change this information, go to the Contact Info box on your Profile Box page. You can click on the text you want to change to edit it. You can see Erica's Contact Info box below:


Social Media, Social Cataloging, and Widgets

These are all optional fields. If you use social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) for professional communication and would like to share your social media contact information on your Profile Box, you can do so. LibGuides will also let you share your social cataloging (GoodReads, LibraryThing, or Shelfari) information. If there are widgets you use, like the there is a place to add those to your account as well.

Profile Page

Your Profile Page is a page in LibGuides includes all of the information that you enter into your Profile Box and gives you the option of adding a personal statement as well. 

  • To look at your Profile Page, go to My Profile (see the screenshot above), and then click on the Profile Page tab. 
  • To add or change your personal statement, just click on the blue text next to Personal Statement.
  • To preview your Profile Page, scroll down on the page to the Page Preview box.

You have the option of disabling your Profile Page, but we strongly encourage you to leave it enabled so that it's easier for researchers to find and contact you.

Display Options

Inside each section in the Profile Box tab is a Display Options button pair.

Profile Display Options

This allows you to choose what to display on your Profile Box (attached to all of your LibGuides) and what you only want to display on your Profile Page. For instance, if you prefer to have your Social Cataloging account links to be visible only in your profile page and not your profile box then click the "Page Only" button in the Social Cataloging section.

This can be useful for maintaining a brief and small profile box so that it doesn't take up much screen real estate.

Your profile page will contain all the information entered into your profile even if it isn't displayed on your profile box.

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