Developing the better mousetrap: Creating chemistry course and subject guides in a content management system


Teri M. Vogel, University Library, University Library, Georgia State University, 100 Decatur Street SE, MSC 8E0705, Atlanta, GA 30033-3202
In 2003 Georgia State University Library began implementing a content management system (CMS) for the fifteen liaison librarians to create Web pages for their faculty and students. A CMS offers a number of advantages for any library, most importantly the use of forms and templates to make global changes and to create a uniform structure and look among pages managed by multiple contributors. For the Chemistry Liaison, the CMS has greatly streamlined the process of developing content-rich subject and class guides to support library instruction. Standard instruction pages can be created once, and then included in multiple guides with a mouse click. The form/template style makes it easier to divide these guides into smaller units, a standard rule of Web usability principles. The result is ability to develop highly sophisticated resource guides for specialized topics like SciFinder and Beilstein, while still creating pages that patrons can easily navigate and use.

Posters on Chemical Information Instruction
1:30 PM-3:30 PM, Tuesday, August 24, 2004 Pennsylvania Convention Center -- Hall D, Poster

8:00 PM-10:00 PM, Monday, August 23, 2004 Pennsylvania Convention Center -- Hall D, Sci-Mix

Division of Chemical Information

The 228th ACS National Meeting, in Philadelphia, PA, August 22-26, 2004