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Research Guides: Guidelines for Creating/Revising Guides: Retiring your Guide

Tips, suggestions, templates and best practices for creating libguides

Making the Decision to Retire Your LibGuide

Course guides should be unpublished at the end of each semester unless the course will be offered  again the following semester.

There is nothing negative about deleting one of your guides. Sometimes interest in a topic has simply run its course or your have other responsibilities that need your focus.

Ways to identify whether or not your guide has come to the end of its life cycle:

  • Do statistics show decreasing or only low views of the guide?
  • Has the course you created a guide for ceased to be taught?
  • Is the relevant discipline now focusing on other topics?
  • Do you no longer have an interest in or time to maintain the guide?

Saying yes to any of these questions means you should take a closer look at whether or not your guide should stay published or whether it's time for its status to change.

Private vs. Unpublished vs. Deleting Your Guide

Should you decide to remove your guide from public view you have three choices in how to proceed: unpublish, make private, or delete.

table indicating that unpublished guides are not viewable to the public and that private guides are only viewable to public if they have the url.

You can change a guide's status to Unpublished or Private within the guide itself. To delete a guide you need to go under Content to Guides and then find your guide in the list and click on the X to delete.