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Internal training for librarians and staff at the Auraria Library on how to use the Drupal-based Library News blog.

Internal training for librarians and staff at the Auraria Library on how to use the Drupal-based Library News blog.

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  • 1. Drupal Blog Training
    March 1, 2011
  • 2. Image credit: wantabetterwebsite.com
  • 3. Blogs are…
    …websites that consist of short “newsy” posts that are usually listed in reverse chronological order (newest at the top)
    …often centered around a topic of interest to the blogger(s)
    …perfect for posting news bits to the library’s home page
  • 4. Didn’t We Use Blogger?
    The three public facing blogs used the free Blogger software until last fall
    We used RSS feeds to put the posts into the “Library FYI” portion of our web page
    We can now easily create blogs in Drupal with the following benefits:
    No Google account/separate login required
    Look and feel matches the rest of our site
    Achieves the same thing with one product
  • 5. Tips for Writing for the Web, 1/2
    AVOID USING ALL CAPS. UNLESS YOU’RE REALLY YELLING. 
    Keep paragraphs short; in fact, bulleted lists are more scannable and easier to read
    Avoid jargon; write so non-librarians can understand
    Avoid marketese; give it to ‘em straight
    Avoid using “free”
  • 6. Tips for Writing for the Web, 2/2
    highlighted keywords (hypertext links serve as one form of highlighting; typeface variations and color are others)
    meaningful sub-headings (not "clever" ones)
    bulleted lists
    one idea per paragraph (users will skip over any additional ideas if they are not caught by the first few words in the paragraph)
    the inverted pyramid inverted pyramid style, starting with the conclusion
    half the word count (or less) than conventional writing
    Source: Jakob Nielsen, http://www.useit.com/alertbox/9710a.html
  • 7. Logging in to the Web Site
    Go to library.auraria.edu/user
    Log in, using your network/email user ID and password
    To log out, you can:
    library.auraria.edu/logout, press enter/return
    Click on the “Log Out” link in the “Blogger Tools” menu
  • 8. Since you’re a blogger now…
  • 9. Creating a New Blog Post
    Create some SHORT copy about the event, news, or other topic about which you wish to post
    Log in to the web site as described above and click “Post to Library News Blog” in the “Blogger Tools” menu
  • 10. Blog Post Fields, top half
  • 11. Blog Post Fields, bottom half
  • 12. Filling out those Fields, 1/2
    All fields are required except for “Image”
    Title:
    Something short and catchy!
    Mention date, if appropriate
    Image:
    Attach just as you would via email
    “alt text” required for users with visual disabilities
    Body:
    Keep it short and simple; more tips to follow
    Use the formatting palette, but sparingly
    Posted by:
    Firstnamelastname, i.e., Nina McHale
  • 13. Filling out those Fields, 2/2
    Library News Categories
    This is a taxonomy feature that lets us “tag” events so that we can label and classify them
    There is an pre-existing taxonomy, BUT we can add new ones just by typing
    Add new tags sparingly; having a lot of them doesn’t really make sense
    Separate multiple tags with commas
    Publishing options drop down
    Use to un-promote and un-publish posts
  • 14. All Categories
    Closure
    Events
    Exhibits
    Holidays
    Jobs
    Resources
    Scheduled Outage
    Services
    Skyline Catalog
    Technology
    Web Sites
  • 15. …then click “Save”
    When you click the “Save” button, all of the information you have entered is published as a web page
    As soon as you click “Save,” your post is automatically published and promoted, which means it’s listed under “Library FYI” on the library’s home page
  • 16. Editing an Existing Post, 1/2
    Log in to the web site as described above
    Click on the “List My Content” link in the “Add New Content” menu block
    Click the title of the post you wish to edit
    Click the “Edit” tab
    Make your edits
    Click the “Save” button at the bottom of the page
  • 17. Editing a Post, 2/2
  • 18. Deleting Posts
    We can “un-promote” posts, removing them from the “Library FYI” section of the home page
    We can “un-publish” posts, so that our users can’t see them, but we still can
    Unpublished web pages have a pinkish background
    We can delete posts, zapping them from existence forever
    Use with caution! 
  • 19. Un-Promoting a Post, 1/3
    Promoted=listed under Library FYI on the Library’s home page
    All web content has an expiration date. You may want to remove a post from the home page because:
    The information is no longer timely
    The information is not longer accurate
    Your post was for an event that already occurred
    There’s too much stuff under “Library FYI”
  • 20. Un-Promoting a Post, 2/3
    Log in to the web site as described above
    Click on the “List My Content” link in the “Add New Content” menu block
    Click the title of the post you wish to edit
    Click the “Edit” tab
    Click to expand the “Publishing options” field
    Uncheck “Promoted to front page”
    Click the “Save” button
  • 21. Un-Promoting a Post, 3/3
  • 22. Un-Publishing a Post, 1/2
    Log in to the web site as described above
    Click on the “List My Content” link in the “Add New Content” menu block
    Click the title of the post you wish to edit
    Click the “Edit” tab
    Click to expand the “Publishing options” field
    Uncheck the “Published”
    Click the “Save” button
  • 23. Un-Publishing a Post, 2/2
  • 24. Deleting a Post, 1/2
    Log in to the web site as described above
    Click on the “List My Content” link in the “Add New Content” menu block
    Click the title of the post you wish to edit
    Click the “Edit” tab
    Click the “Delete” button at the bottom of the page
    Click “Delete” to go ahead, or “Cancel”
  • 25. Deleting a Post, 2/2
  • 26. Questions & Feedback
    Documentation outlining all of the steps we’ve covered today is on the wiki:
    http://intranet.auraria.edu/wiki/index.php/Posting_to_Blogs
    Feedback: How was this session?
    http://www.zoomerang.com/Survey/WEB22BYNB4ACL4/