This note is from the creators of LibGuides…
“We are pleased to announce two exciting new LibGuides features: 1) Google Scholar content box, and 2) A â€ślinked copyâ€ť feature for tabs/pages, enabling users to create a copy of any page in the system (even outside of your LibGuides) â€“ and when the content on the original tab/page is updated, your linked copy of it will be updated as well. You just sit back and relax Thanks to our clients who suggested these new features, I believe everybody in the community will benefit from them. The full feature description is on our support blog at http://support.springshare.com/2008/10/google-scholar-content-box-linked-tabs-feature/
However, more importantly, today we are also introducing the long-awaited *optional* LibGuides module, which was developed based on numerous requests from our client libraries over the past 6 months.Â The module has 3 features/functions:
1) The ability to upload images from your computer into LibGuides boxes (using the rich text editor) to be stored on LibGuides servers. The limit will be 2GB per institution, which equates to about 10,000 images â€“ more than enough for all practical purposes of using it in LibGuides. As storage costs decrease, we will also increase the storage limits and pass on the cost savings to you. If you have a need for larger storage for these images, please let us know.
2) The ability for admins to download, on a weekly basis, a complete XML-formatted data file with all your LibGuides content. You can then use this XML file locally to create cool data mashups, to feed the xml file to your enterprise search application/appliance, or â€¦ for any purpose you want.
3) The ability for individual guide owners to create text-based backups of their guides and save it on their computer, in html format. Even though we perform daily backups of all our databases, some users would still like to have the ability to create backups of guides on their own computer. This can also come in handy if you accidentally delete a box or a page on your guide â€“ you could easily look up the data and recreate it from you local backup copy.
The detailed description of these functions (including screenshots) can be found at http://support.springshare.com/2008/10/introducing-the-libguides-add-on-module/
Since this optional module will put significant storage and bandwidth requirements on our servers, we are charging a bit extra for this module functionality.Â The price is set at $199/year, equating to about $18/month â€“ a bargain by any means. We always strive to provide the lowest cost (and highest service) to our clients and I believe we were able to price this module low enough to enable anybody who wants/needs this functionality to have it in their system.
The module is being released as a â€śbetaâ€ť until the end of this calendar year, to give everybody enough time (2+ months) to try out its functionality and decide whether itâ€™s something you want/need for your LibGuides system. We will also use this time to iron out any bugs/issues so if you notice anything please do let us know.
Starting in January 2009 we will start charging (pro-rated amounts, to coincide with your annual license periods) those libraries who wish to keep this module in their LibGuides system.
Please let me know if you have any questions. Thank you for using LibGuides, and please continue providing your excellent feedback and ideas for future enhancements.”
Please send me any feedback you have about these new features and I will look into the possibility of buying the additional module.