Four Hands are Better Than Two
Like opening a window on a spaceship, building a LibGuide shouldn't be done in a vacuum. Collaborate with teachers, volunteers, involved parents, colleagues, and even fellow librarians around the world on building a guide together. This way, the very nature of your LibGuide is rooted in interactivity - guide creation founded on valued partnership and open communication.
Polls: Promoting Interactivity Since 2010
An oldie, but goodie - the polls asset type! Are you using it enough? Polls are a great way to gather informal feedback on-the-fly.
- Add polls to your homepage - Makes it easier for patrons to find and answer.
- Integrate it with an instruction session - We've covered how teaching from a LibGuide is a great way to connect f2f learners with your digital content. Even better, create an interactive poll that they answer during the instruction session!
- Point-of-Polling Education - Add URLs to Poll Choices so users can learn and vote at the same time.
Discussion Boards (LibGuides CMS Only)
A great way to prompt users to interact with you is to pose a question via a guide-level discussion board (navigate to a guide > add page > discussion page type).
A study by Hubspot found that Facebook posts that are 'questions' get significantly more comments than non-question posts. Bottom-line, creating a question-style post can increase user engagement.
- Language suggestions - Try using "should", "would", and "who" language in your post.
- Get trendy - The times, they are a changin'. And there's always something to pull from politics (2016 election), modern day artists (Beyonce's Superbowl performance), or current events (Flint Water Crisis).
- Get the ball rolling - You have a list of top library users. Get the discussion ball rolling by inviting them to the discussion.