Guide on the Side is taking front and center in libraries

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In an effort to create online learning that doesn’t require a librarian to lead instruction, University of Arizona’s (UA) library professionals Gregory Hagedon and Leslie Sult developed an open source software called “Guide on the Side.” The software is freely available to download, and doesn’t require HTML or other codes to implement. The software allows librarians to create interactive web tutorials and basic information literacy instruction, such as navigating online databases.

Guide on the Side has won several awards, including the Association of College and Research Libraries Instruction Section Innovation award in 2013. UA has promoted Guide on the Side as a model for the future of library instruction that uses sound pedagogical methods. More at

The software’s interface looks similar to Articulate Engage, though simpler in UX and design. But Articulate Engage has something more that Guide on the Side does not have: a hefty price tag. This aspect of Guide on the Side is sure to be popular with libraries that cannot afford the pricey licenses of other products. Is your library using Guide on the Side? How has it worked for you? Let us know by leaving a comment below. on the Side helps you to quickly and easily create online, interactive tutorials based on the principles of authentic and active learning. About Guide on the Side



Mickel is an MLIS and the creator of Library Currents. His inspiration for the blog was the SJSU course "The Hyperlinked Library" taught by Dr. Michael Stephens, a course that is also a worldwide MOOC. If you wish to contact him, feel free to write to Mickel Paris at

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