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    From pathfinders to course guides: old wine in new bottle
    A Library Pathfinder is a kind of map to the resources of the library. It is an information locator for the library user who searches for recorded materials on a subject of his interest. Over a period of time, the Library has devised Subject Guides and Course Guides, etc. based on the concept of Pathfinders. Course Guide is a mechanism to manage and explore resources related to different academic courses taught in an Institute. They provide students with course details such as course title, course code, course load, credit weightage, learning objectives, contents, outcomes, and references, etc. In order to find the course contents, their related books and journals in Library, and related resources in open/public domain, IIT Jodhpur Library has attempted to develop Course Guides for its users. An open source software called " SubjectsPlus " has been used for this purpose. SubjectsPlus is a free and open source tool to manage several interrelated parts of a Library website. It allows library staff, without any prior coding knowledge, to create online course contents and resources. This tool can be used to develop different types of Library Guides, viz. Subject Guides, Course Guides, Pathfinders, A-Z database/resource lists of Library, etc. This paper will focus on the features of this tool and how IIT Jodhpur Library has used it to develop Course Guides.