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Customizing LibAnswers v1  

Customizing the look and feel of your LibAnswers system.
Last Updated: Feb 10, 2017 URL: Print Guide RSS UpdatesEmail Alerts

Boxes and Sidebar Print Page

Where are these settings?

Admin Stuff menu


Sidebar Content

Ordering of Sidebar Content

This section controls the order of the various additional help boxes you add to LibAnswers. Each box has its own letter key - use this setting to control the order in which they display!

Some of these boxes can be customized; others are set up to automatically display specific information:


"More Ways" Box (M)

Use this box to share your library's contact info with your patrons! 

  • Add as many contact options as you'd like.
  • Use shortcodes to pull in:
    • %SMSLINK% - your SMS number (enables easy texting from a smartphone)
    • %TWITTER% - your Twitter username (linke goes to profile page)
  • Use icons to add visual interest! LibAnswers automatically includes 4 icons:
    Or upload individual icons from your institution!


Info/Alert Box (I)

Display a customized information box

Edit Box Title - Call the box whatever you want!

Edit Text - Add any Rich Text (text, images, html/widgets, etc.)


Chat Box (C)

Chat Box Intro

Introductory text for your IM/chat client. It's your chance to convince the public to chat with you!

Chat Box Widget Code

Enter your library's chat widget code here - any provider will work!

  • LibChat (of course!)
  • LibraryH3lp
  • Plugoo
  • QuestionPoint/Qwidget

More Boxes

Browse by Popular Topics (B)

Displays a cloud of your system's Topic Categories. Larger titles reflect the topics that contain more potential answers.

Related Content from LibGuides (L)

Use this box to automatically generate a list of relevant guides from your associated LibGuides system! (* You must be a LibGuides client... 'cause otherwise, well, what would we show?)

Question Form (Q)

Displays the question form for your system.
Customize it: Admin Stuff > Ask Us Form


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