Tending to an Overgrown Garden

Weeding and Rebuilding a LibGuides v2 System

  • Rebecca Hyams Borough of Manhattan Community College/CUNY


In 2019, the Borough of Manhattan Community College’s library undertook a massive cleanup and reconfiguration of the content and guides contained in their LibGuides v2 system, which had been allowed to grow out of control over several years as no one was in charge of its maintenance. This article follows the process from identifying issues, getting departmental buy-in, and doing all of the necessary cleanup work for links and guides. The aim of the project was to make their guides easier for students to use and understand and for librarians to maintain. At the same time, work was done to improve the look and feel of their guides and implement the built-in A-Z database list, both of which are also discussed.


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How to Cite
Hyams, R. (2020). Tending to an Overgrown Garden. Information Technology and Libraries, 39(4). https://doi.org/10.6017/ital.v39i4.12163