Beyond LibGuides: The Past, Present, and Future of Online Research Guides

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© 2015, Jon C. Giullian and Ernest A. Zitser.The proliferation of research guides created using the LibGuides platform has triggered extensive discussion touting their benefits for everything from assessment, engagement, and marketing, to outreach and pedagogy. However, there is at present a relative paucity of critical reflection about the product’s place in the broader informational landscape. This article is an attempt to redress this lacuna. Relying primarily on examples from the field of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian studies, the authors briefly describe the evolution of online research guides; identify reasons for the proliferation of Springshare’s product in academic libraries; question whether LibGuides improve learning or reinforce information inequality in higher education; and propose a way to move beyond LibGuides.






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Giullian, JC, and EA Zitser (2015). Beyond LibGuides: The Past, Present, and Future of Online Research Guides. Slavic and East European Information Resources, 16(4). pp. 170–180. 10.1080/15228886.2015.1094718 Retrieved from

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Erik Zitser

Librarian for Slavic & Eastern European Studies

Ernest (“Erik”) Zitser is the Librarian for Slavic and East European Studies, library liaison to the International Comparative Studies (ICS) Program, and Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Slavic and Eurasian Studies at Duke University.  He is an active member of a number of professional organizations, including the East Coast Consortium of Slavic Library Collections (ECC); the Association for Slavic, Eurasian, and East European Studies (ASEEES); and the Eighteenth-Century Russian Studies Association (ECRSA). He is also the co-founder and managing editor of ВИВЛIОθИКА: E-Journal of Eighteenth-Century Russian Studies, an open access, peer-reviewed, scholarly journal, hosted by Duke University Libraries.

2000, Ph.D., Columbia University
1995, MA, Columbia University
1992, BA, University of California, Los Angeles

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