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Add a new Book asset to a guide

To create a brand new Book asset from scratch and add it to your guide:

  1. While editing your guide, click on the  Add / Reorder button at the bottom of the box where you want add this.
  2. Select Book from the Catalog from the dropdown menu.
  3. If you have the ISBN for the book you want to add, enter it in the ISBN field and click the Get Book Info button.
    • If data for this book is available from Bowker, it will automatically be inserted into your book asset.
    • Similarly, if cover art is available from Syndetics, it will also be added. (A Syndetics subscription is not required, but you can use your own if your Admin provided your Syndetics Client ID in your LibGuides system settings.)
    • Please note: the book description is only available with LibGuides CMS.
  4. Enter or edit the book's TitleAuthor/EditorPublication DateCall Number, and URL.
    • When a URL is provided, the book's title will serve as a link to that URL.
  5. If proxy authentication is required to view the book (e.g. a link to an ebook), set the Use Proxy setting to Yes.
    • When enabled, LibGuides will automatically prepend your proxy URL to the book's URL.
    • Note: this requires your Admin to provide your library's proxy URL in your LibGuides system settings.
  6. If you would like to add a description about the book, enter it in the Description field.
  7. To customize how the description appears on the page, choose your preference from the Description Display options.
    • Display beneath item title: this will display the full text of the description on the page, right below the title.
    • Hover over item title: this will display the description in a popover when a user hovers over the title.
    • Hover over "info" icon: an info () icon will appear next to the title. When a user hovers over it, a popover will appear displaying the description.
    • Hide description: if you would like to hide the description, select this option. This will not hide the More Info field.
  8. Use the Position option to choose where the new asset should be inserted in the box. (Don't worry: you can always reorder it later.)
  9. In the Cover Art box, you can view, change, resize, or remove the book's cover art image. Use the ALT Text field to customize the alternative text for the image.
    • None: if you select this option, no cover art will display for this book. (This is the default.)
    • Syndetics: this will display cover art from Syndetics for the provided ISBN, if available.
    • Default - White: this will display a while placeholder image that says "Cover Image Unavailable".
    • Default - Blue: this will display a generic blue book cover with a black spine (similar to a physical book dummy).
    • Other: this will allow you to enter a URL to your own image. This could be the URL of an image from your catalog, or an image you've uploaded to your LibGuides Image Manager library.
  10. Optionally, you can assign resource icons to your book. Click on the Assign Resource Icons panel to select the icons to use.
  11. Click the Save button.