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

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Blog training

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

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