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Discover free web applications that can be used to create an inviting and interactive library summer reading program for kids, teens, or adults. Use polls, forums, online book reviews, and more... all …

Discover free web applications that can be used to create an inviting and interactive library summer reading program for kids, teens, or adults. Use polls, forums, online book reviews, and more... all without putting a dent in the budget or darkening the doorstep of the IT department!

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  • “Summer Reading 2.0” as we will present it today is based on the HPL Online Teen Summer Reading / Next Top Novel program but the elements we are highlighting can be easily incorporated into other summer reading program structures.Readers can submit book reviews online or in-branch (in print) which earn them prizes that can be picked up at their local branch.Six titles are promoted as part of a survivor-type program where readers are invited to read the books and vote for their favourite, with the least popular title eliminated until a single book remains.Readers can review the selected books to be entered in special prize draws.Readers can also leave comments and interact with each other in the online forum.
  • The four applications this presentation highlights are all free, user friendly, and as easy to set up and use as an email account.
  • - You need to decide whether you want to go internal or external – i.e. use the library website or set up on an independent site or blogThe advantages of using an external space are that you can be more independent to experiment. Sometimes IT departments are reluctant (for good reason) to embed external applications on the library website. Also, as we will demonstrate, sites such as Blogger make very easy to embed code. The disadvantage of using an external site is that you have less control – if the site suddenly goes down, there isn’t much you can do.
  • -Readers can leave comments and interact with each other in the online forum.
  • -Maintenance and monitoring are crucial long after summer is over.
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    • 1. summer reading 2.0
      designing an online summer reading experience in 4 easy steps
      Jennifer Gal and Bridie Howell
      Hamilton Public Library
    • 2. summer reading 2.0
      • readers submit book reviews online, earning prizes that can be picked up at their local branch
      • 3. readers can also vote for their favourite book from a selection of titles with the least popular titles eliminated until a single book remains – i.e. the “Next Top Novel”
      • 4. readers can review one of the selected books to be entered in special prize draws
    • Step 2
      Step 1
      find a space
      add book reviews
      Step 4
      Step 3
      add a poll
      add a shoutbox
    • 5. Step 1
      find a space
      www.blogger.com
    • 6.
    • 7.
    • 8.
    • 9. If you plan on customizing your blog, select the simplest template to start with.
      “Minima” is a good option.
    • 10. The HPL Teen Space Blog uses the “Minima” template customized with a header and background image.
    • 11.
    • 12. select the “Layout” tab
    • 13. customize your site in the “Layout” tab by adding “Gadgets”
    • 14. Step 2
      add book reviews
      www.wufoo.com
    • 15.
    • 16.
    • 17. choose a generic URL if you plan on creating multiple forms
    • 18.
    • 19.
    • 20. the form name will be included in the URL so make it simple
    • 21. Wufoo has lots of ready-made form fields
    • 22. insert a “Name” field
    • 23. insert an “Email” field
    • 24. insert a
      “Single Line Text” field for the
      book title
    • 25. indicate when a field is required
    • 26. insert a “Paragraph Text” field for the
      book review
    • 27. change the size of the field
    • 28. use the
      “Multiple Choice” field for the rating
    • 29.
    • 30. use a
      “Dropdown” field to list library branches
    • 31.
    • 32.
    • 33. drag and drop to change the order of your fields
    • 34. select
      “Form Settings” to setup email confirmation
    • 35. customize the confirmation email with prize info, library hours etc.
    • 36. setup email notifications to alert staff to new entries
    • 37. you can include as many email addresses as needed
    • 38. create a report to compile and sort your entries
    • 39. create a report to compile and sort your entries
    • 40. name your report
    • 41. select your form
    • 42. select “Datagrid” to compile the form information
    • 43. select which fields you want included in the report
    • 44.
    • 45. sort your information by clicking on the corresponding heading
    • 46. export your report to Excel
    • 47. select “Themes” to customize the look of your form
    • 48. you can customize a theme to match your website
    • 49. under the “Forms” tab, select “Code” to share your form
    • 50. use the URL if you want to link to the form from your website
    • 51. copy the JavaScript code if you want to embed the form on your site
    • 52. select
      “Add a Gadget”
    • 53. select
      “HTML/JavaScript”
    • 54. paste the code from Wufoo
    • 55. paste the code from Wufoo
    • 56. drag and drop this “Gadget” in the desired location
    • 57. drag and drop this “Gadget” in the desired location
    • 58. preview your site with the book review form added
    • 59. Step 3
      add a poll
      www.polldaddy.com
    • 60.
    • 61.
    • 62.
    • 63. create a poll
    • 64. create a poll
    • 65. add your titles, using the green + to add extra titles
    • 66. select a closing date for your poll
    • 67. select “Media” to add images,
      i.e. book covers
    • 68. select “Media” to add images,
      i.e. book covers
    • 69. select one of the ready-made styles for your poll
    • 70.
    • 71.
    • 72. select
      “Custom Style” to design your own
    • 73.
    • 74. copy the JavaScript code for your poll
    • 75. select
      “Add a Gadget”
    • 76. select
      “HTML/JavaScript”
    • 77. paste the code from PollDaddy
    • 78. paste the code from PollDaddy
    • 79. if you don't name your “Gadget” it will appear as “HTML/JavaScript”
    • 80. preview your site with the new poll added
    • 81. Step 4
      add a shoutbox
      www.shoutmix.com
    • 82. a “shoutbox” allows users to post comments instantly
    • 83. your Shoutbox ID appears in the URL for your shoutbox
    • 84. select
      “Customize Size” to adjust the width and height
    • 85. adjust the size to fit your site
    • 86. copy the JavaScript code for your shoutbox
    • 87. select
      “Add a Gadget”
    • 88. select
      “HTML/JavaScript”
    • 89. paste the code from ShoutMix
    • 90. paste the code from ShoutMix
    • 91. drag and drop this “Gadget” in the desired location
    • 92. recap
    • 93. recap
    • 94. recap
    • 95. recap
    • 96. recap
    • 97. issues
      “anonymous” can be so cruel
    • 98. questions?

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