Forgotten resources: Subject guides in the era of Web 2.0

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Subject guides have been used for years to connect patrons with resources. What is the current state of subject guides and how have libraries incorporated changing technologies into them? For example, blogs, wikis, and chat are frequently included on library websites, but may not be included on websites at the subject guide level. This study used a matrix to review subject guides on the websites of the twenty-one Mountain West and Big 12 academic libraries to find out where subject guides are located, what they are called, and how often and which Web 2.0 technologies they incorporated into the content of their guides.


Academic libraries; Design; Information retrieval; Libguides; Libraries and the Internet; Research guides; Subject guides; Web 2.0; Web design subject guides


Library and Information Science


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Morris, S. E., & Del Bosque, D. (2010). Forgotten resources: Subject guides in the era of web 2.0. Technical Services Quarterly, 27, 178-193. doi:10.1080/07317130903547592

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