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LibGuides for Guide Authors: Getting Started (OLD)


Add/Edit Boxes

Everything -- well, nearly everything -- you need to get started with LibGuides and publish your guides


This guide is for archival purposes only.

Please see the new LibGuides Best Practices guide for updated content.

Adding Content Boxes


Adding content boxes to a page:

  • Click on Add New Box in the column in which you want the box to appear.
  • Select a Content Box Type from the drop-down menu.
  • Enter a title for the box. (Use title case in page names.)
  • Select a location for the box from the Position drop-down menu
  • Click Create Box.

One, Two, or Three Columns?

The default format for a LibGuides page consists of a narrow column on the left, a wide column in the center, and a narrow column with the librarian's profile box on the right.

The format can be changed to have one, two, or three columns with adjustable widths. Here's how to change from the default:

  • Click on Add/Edit Pages on the yellow command bar.
  • Select Resize Columns
  • Change the number and/or width of columns by following the instructions on the screen.

Design Tip

Two columns (in addition to the column with your profile box) are better than one for multiple boxes. 

If you have more than one content box on a page, using two columns will make apparent, without scrolling, more of what the page offers.  Some content boxes -- ones with large images, for example -- won't work in the left column.  But, in general, side-by-side is better than top-to-bottom.

Types of Content Boxes

There are several types of content boxes to choose from. Some of the most commonly used types are summarized below. Click on a name to go to a sub-tab with more detailed information about that box type.

Rich Text/Dynamic Content/ Scripts: Rich Text/Dynamic Content/Scripts is the most versatile box type, for any type of formatted text (including html), links, or dynamic javascript code.
Links & Lists: The Links & Lists box type enables you to mix web links with non-web link items. Each item can have a short description which appears underneath the item, and an optional More Info button which the user can click on to get more information.
Simple Web Links: Simple Web Links boxes can include a short description which appears when the cursor hovers over the link.
RSS Feed:
The RSS Feed box type enables you to dynamically display the contents of an RSS feed on your page.
Embedded Media & Widgets: An embedded media box enables you to embed streaming video or audio or a widget inside your page. Videos can reside on any video sharing sites (YouTube and the like...). You need to enter the full embed code to embed it inside the content box.
Other Content Boxes: Follow this link for info on other kinds of boxes.

Reusing & Reordering Boxes

Reusing content boxes:

When adding a new content box, instead of creating a new box you can reuse existing boxes in two different ways. This includes a set of boxes in the Shared Templates guide.

  • Link to another box in the system: This option duplicates the selected content box, and will change automatically whenever the original is changed.
  • Copy another box from the system:This option duplicates the selected content box, but is not linked to the original. It can be edited on its own.
    • Any box in the BC LibGuides system can be linked to or copied.
  • To link to or copy a box:
    • Click on Add New Box in the column where you want the new box to appear.
    • Click on the Reuse Existing Box tab.
    • Choose the guide and box you want to copy or link to.
    • Give the box a title (or keep the existing title.)
    • Leave the check box unchecked if you want to link to the original or check it if you want to copy the box and enable changes to the copy.

Reordering content boxes:

  • You can reorder boxes on a page by moving them up or down in a column. You can also move boxes between columns. You can even move boxes from one page to any other page within the same guide.
  • To reorder boxes:
    • Click on Add/Edit Pages on the yellow command bar.
    • Select Reorder Boxes.
    • Drag and drop the boxes you want to move to the desired locations.
    • Click on Update Box Order