Library Use of Web-based Research Guides

  • Jimmy Ghaphery Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Erin White Virginia Commonwealth University Libraries


This paper describes the ways in which libraries are currently implementing and managing web-based research guides (a.k.a. Pathfinders, LibGuides, Subject Guides, etc.) by examining two sets of data from the spring of 2011. One set of data was compiled by visiting the websites of ninety-nine American university ARL libraries and recording the characteristics of each site’s research guides. The other set of data is based on an online survey of librarians about the ways in which their libraries implement and maintain research guides. In conclusion, a discussion follows that includes implications for the library technology community.

Author Biographies

Jimmy Ghaphery, Virginia Commonwealth University
Head, Library Information Systems
Erin White, Virginia Commonwealth University Libraries
Web Applications Developer
How to Cite
Ghaphery, J., & White, E. (2008). Library Use of Web-based Research Guides. Information Technology and Libraries, 31(1), 21-31.