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Before you can add an image to your guide, you'll need to upload it to your SpringShare Image Manager. At the bottom of this box is information from SpringShare on how to do it. You can also use images in the shared folders (however, only SpringShare admins can add images here).
Don't forget to add alt to all images in your guide. Alt text enables those using screen readers to hear a description of the image. You can add alt text when you first upload the image to your Image Manager, or when you add it to your guide.
SpringShare's default blue is close to the official "UNC Bears Blue," so it's often easiest to keep the default. If you do want to use Bears Blue, the hex code is #013c65. The hex code for the official "UNC Bears Orange" is #f6b000. However, as you can see, it doesn't show up well against SpringShare's default gray background--so you'll need to remove the gray, or use the orange sparingly!
Accent colors can be found in the UNC Style Guide.
*Checking links is one of the easiest and most important things you can do to keep your guides current. URLs change often, and it's frustrating for users to click on broken links. We encourage you to check the links in your guides regularly.
If you've entered text in a box on your LibGuide, you can turn that text into a link:
The link will appear within your text, in a different color, like in this sample link to the Libraries website.
This is a quick and convenient way to create links, but it has some important limitations:
What are Assets?
Assets are different types of items (including documents, widgets, LibWizard forms, and links) that are saved in a library and can be reused across guides. You can reuse both assets that you created, and assets that other users created. Springshare explains what assets are and how to use them here:
Link assets look different from rich text links (see below), but they have some advantages:
This article explains how to reuse an existing link asset, and how to create a new link asset if needed. This is also an example of what a link asset looks like.
How to Reuse an Existing Link Asset:
How to Add a New Link Asset:
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This is a "floating box," which means that users won't see the blue heading (with the box name in white) and the gray border around the box. However, you can see these features when you're logged into SpringShare. Some LibGuide creators think that floating boxes look better, since they add more white space to a guide page--but it's up to you to decide if you want to use them.
If you reuse a floating box from another guide, the "floating" feature won't automatically apply to your new copy of the box. You need to manually set it to be floating. Here's how to do it:
Follow this same process when you create a new box and want it to be floating.