Update 15/1/2014 just went live!
What follows is a joint post by my colleague Feng Yikang and myself
Designing the LibGuides home page
One of the main questions that vexed us was, what should the LibGuides homepage do? What purpose should it serve that distinguished it from the library home page?
Most academic libraries use the LibGuides home as a landing page to list all their libraries' subject guides and topic guides. That is certainly one option.
Our LibGuides homepage could be the logical place to add such links.
What about search? Bento style ?Of course browsing is all very well, but we know a lot of people will just search. Handling LibGuides search is probably an issue that has always causes me some amount of headache.
As a sidenote, the same keyword search in LibGuides v2, does yield results, it seems likely in LibGuides v2, there isn't strict AND boolean going on. I am not sure if this is a good idea, since the user may not be aware this is happening and be disappointed at totally irrelevant guides appearing.
Such searches would be yield reasonable hits if you did them in a Web Scale discovery system like Summon, but not in a LibGuides search.
Many users might even click on the topmost "Real estate" link and hunt for the Realis link on the home of the real estate guide, not realising it is in the databases page.
So what was the solution?
How do they work together?
For those interested in the details of setting, here is the report from my collegue Yikang.
The really difficult part was setting up the proxy server page as coding the proxy server page from scratch would be time-consuming, because it was foreign territory to me. Fortunately Virginia Tech University Library shared some sample php files at http://libx.lib.vt.edu/services/summon/ which I could refer to. I used the files, together with some HTTP_Request php files downloaded from PEAR
was used to add the "see more" buttons. Each "see more" button opens a popup window showing
the full results of each respective result type compartment."