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Widgets: Create a Groups widget (CMS only)

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If your library subscribes to LibGuides CMS, you have the ability to organize guides into groups. With a groups widget, you can create a list of links to your groups' homepages. You can even include links to the guides assigned to each group, as well.

To create a groups widget:

the Widgets option under the Tools menu

  1. Log into LibGuides, click on Tools in the navigation bar, and select Widgets from the dropdown menu.

the Groups tab

  1. On the Widgets page, click on the Groups tab.

groups widget options, embed code, and preview

  1. Under the Look & Feel section, choose the Output Format for your widget.
    • Simple: this embeds the widget content directly into the page, with the widgets styles and JavaScript code running right alongside the other content on the page -- this includes the jQuery and Bootstrap libraries, so be careful when trying to embed these on pages that already include these libraries (such as LibGuides and other Springshare products).
      • If you choose this option, you can select the Embed Type - if you're not sure which option to use, we recommend JavaScript. 
    • Framed: this displays the widget inside of an iframe element on the page. The widget's content, styles, and JavaScript will be contained within the iframe, rather than directly on the page itself. This is a good option to choose if the Simple output format creates issues on your page.
      • If you choose this option, you can set the Height and Width of the iframe element.
  2. Chose the List Format for your widget.
    • Bulleted list: this displays a bulleted list of links to your group homepages. Optionally, enable the Display Description checkbox to include group descriptions in the widget.
    • Drop-down menu with links: this displays a dropdown menu, with each option linking to a group's homepage.
  3. In the Filters section, you can manually select the groups to be included in the list.
  4. In the Guide Information section, you can use the Status option to choose to include groups that have no published guides or limit to only groups with published guides.
  5. The Guide Information section also includes a set of Association options (that are enabled/disabled based on the list format that is in use) where you can choose to:
    • Include the guide titles with link
    • Include guide titles and full guide descriptions
    • Do not include the guide list
  6. The HTML code for your widget will display in the Embed Code box, which you can copy and paste into the HTML of your webpage. Below it, you will find an interactive preview of how your widget will appear.