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UConn Library's LibGuides Standards and Best Practices — Maintaining Your Guide

A guide to help you create and edit your subject, course, topic and general purpose guides

Maintaining your guides

Reviewing your guides on a regular basis will help you to keep them current and free of broken links or out of date information


  • Make use of the LibGuides link checker feature twice a year to ensure that all your links are active.
  • Before the beginning of each semester, review all guides to see if there are any resources (databases, ebooks, etc), that can be added to the guide.
  • Each time a course is being offered, allow the instructor to review any relevant course guides so that he or she can suggest any updates.
  • Promptly remove database links to resources that we no longer subscribe to.

Continuous Improvement

Guide authors should continue to monitor new and changed resources for inclusion in their Research Guides. Keep the guides in mind whenever a new database (or a link change) is announced, when new editions of books (especially reference books) become available, etc.

Sunsetting Little-Used Guides

If a guide is no longer relevant or was created for a class that is no longer taught then consider changing its status it to private. 

A private guide is preferable to an unpublished guide because anyone with the guide URL will still have access to it. Unpublished guides are hidden from all users.

Thanks to the University of New Hampshire for sharing this documents with us which was modified to serve our needs.