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Guides & Assets: Add a LibAnswers widget to a guide

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If you also subscribe to LibAnswers, you can easily add widgets you create in LibAnswers to any of your guides—no need to embed any HTML code!

  • You can embed any search form, question form, topic list, or FAQ list widget.
  • You must have an account in your institution's LibAnswers system to reuse widgets from LibAnswers.
    • For those users who do not have an account in LibAnswers, you will need to copy the widget's embed code and paste it into a Media/Widget asset in your guide.
  • You cannot embed LibChat widgets using LibAnswers Widget assets. To do that, you will need to copy your chat widget's embed code and paste it into a Media/Widget asset in your guide.

Add a new LibAnswers Widget to a guide

To create a brand new LibAnswers Widget asset from scratch and add it to your guide:

  1. While editing your guide, click on the  Add / Reorder button at the bottom of the box where you want add this.
  2. Select LibAnswers Widget from the dropdown menu.
Selecting LibAnswers Widget from the Add/Reorder dropdown
  1. From the Widget dropdown, select the widget you want to add from your LibAnswers system. (LibChat widgets are not included in this list.)
    • The asset will use the same name as your widget in the assets library.
  2. Use the Position option to choose where the new asset should be inserted in the box. (Don't worry: you can always reorder it later.)
  3. Click the Save button.
Creating a new LibAnswers Widget asset

Reuse an existing LibAnswers Widget

It's always best to reuse existing assets as much as possible, specifically to help reduce duplication in your assets library.

To reuse an existing LibAnswers Widget from your assets library—managed from Content > Assets:

  1. While editing your guide, click on the  Add / Reorder button at the bottom of the box where you want to add the asset.
  2. Select LibAnswers Widget from the dropdown menu.
Selecting LibAnswers Widget from the Add/Reorder dropdown
  1. In the Add LibAnswers Widget window, click on the Reuse Existing LA Widget tab.
  2. In the Search for LibAnswers Widget field, start typing in the name of the asset you want to add.
  3. Select the asset you want to add from the list of results.
Selecting an asset to reuse
  1. A summary of the asset info will appear.
    • Not the asset you are looking for? No problem: search again and select a different one.
  2. By default, a mapping of the original asset will be added to your guide. If you would rather create a copy of the original asset, select the Copy checkbox.
    • Using a mapping is convenient because any changes made to the original asset will automatically be reflected on your guide.
    • The drawback of mapping is that you won't be able to edit the asset yourself (except for adding a custom description just for this one mapping).
    • If you need to customize more details of the asset, then select the Copy checkbox. This will create a standalone copy of the asset that you own and can fully customize.
  3. Use the Position dropdown to select where in the box the new asset will be inserted. (Don't worry: you can always reorder this later.)
  4. Click the Save button.
Saving a reused asset

Edit and remove LibAnswers widget assets in a content box

To manage a LibAnswers widget asset:

  1. To customize the asset's settings (changing the LibAnswers widget used), select  Edit.
  2. To remove the asset from your guide, select  Remove.
    • This will only remove the asset from your guide. It will not delete it from your assets library (Content > Assets) and can still be reused.
Options for editing a LibAnswers widget