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A quick introduction to iGoogle for personal, professional, and enterprise use. Included: branding, how to create and edit gadgets, adding customized RSS feeds and database searches.

A quick introduction to iGoogle for personal, professional, and enterprise use. Included: branding, how to create and edit gadgets, adding customized RSS feeds and database searches.

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  • iGoogle for Productivity and Outreach by PF Anderson Emerging Technologies Librarian April 21, 2009
  • IDEAS
    • Things you might do with iGoogle
    • University of Michigan themed collection
    • General Health
    • Diet & Nutrition
    • Fitness & Exercise
    • Stress Tips
    • Yoga & Meditation
    • Autism &learning disabilities news & resources
    • Public Health
    • Medicine and Medical Gadgets and Tools
    • Life Science Researchers
    • Promote your unit – here is the library!
    • For fun? Astronomy Theme Semester
  • GETTING STARTED
    • The beginning – sign in to iGoogle, or create a Google account
    • iGoogle login screen
    • Choose topics
    • Example iGoogle Home page
    • Delete this gadget
    • Edit settings
    • Minimize gadget
  • THEMES
    • Change theme
    • Themes homepage
    • Artist themes
    • Game themes
    • Causes themes
    • Search for themes (history)
    • Search themes results (history)
    • Theme details
    • Creator details
    • Search themes results (health, causes, marketing, fundraising)
    • Theme details
    • Creator details
    • Comments and discussion – community building
    • Creator / developer information
    • Theme details
    • Creator details
    • Comments and discussion – community building
    • Change theme
    • Easy undo option
    • Notice the donate button
    • Make your own theme
    • Make your own theme – almost done
    • Done! (Sakura in Gold)
  • GADGETS
  • Want More Gadgets? Click “Add Stuff”
    • Find gadgets
    • You might also like …
    • Useful tools like Google Tip of the Day, and Google Translate
    • People who like “Google Calendar” also like … other productivity tools
    • Search for gadgets (health)
    • Search for gadgets (health)
    • Search results for health
    • Editors picks
    • And other categories …
    • Add feed or gadget
    • Create your own gadget
    • Make your own gadget
    • Sample forms:
      • Framed photo
      • GoogleGram
      • Daily Me
      • Free Form
      • YouTube Channel
      • Personal List
    • Ben’s YouTube Station
    • Building the gadget
    • Add more content to your gadget
    • Remember to update content as you make changes to the YouTube site
    • UMHS YouTube Gadget
    • Publishing options
    • New gadgets are added to active tab
    • But you can move them, edit the tab, or simply drag to another tab (very carefully)
  • ADDING RSS FEEDS TO IGOOGLE
    • Examples of Public Health custom RSS feeds for journals, news, clinical alerts, and disaster response information
  •  
    • Finding feeds
    • Copy URL from location bar
    • Paste URL into feed selection window, click ADD
    • Back to iGoogle, feed is there, move it where you want it.
    • Adding a custom PubMed search as an RSS feed gadget in iGoogle
    • Send to RSS
    • Customize your settings
    • How many articles do you want listed?
    • Click “Create Feed”
    • Click on the XML button
  • Copy the URL
    • Paste into feed/gadget form, click add
    • Voila! The RSS feed is added to your iGoogle tab.
    • My own personal specialized PubMed search, right where I want it.
  • MANAGING YOUR TABS
    • Make a new tab
    • Auto-fill
      • “no relevant content was found”
    • Search results for Michigan
    • Select your tools
      • Click on “Add it now”
    • Highlighted examples
      • Michigan Daily
      • Weather
      • Law Library
  • FINISHING TOUCHES
    • Are we done? Let’s take a look …
    • Let’s move things around
    • Hunh? How did you do that?
      • 1. Grab menu bar of gadget
      • 2. Drag to desired position
    1. 2.
    • Another way to change the look and feel of the page is in edit view
    • Sharing your tab once your are done with it
      • Select items you want to share
      • Use email address of person you want to share it with
      • Send it to yourself if you want a URL to put it in a blog or web page as a link
      • Send settings if you’ve customized the gadgets in important ways, otherwise don’t
    • This is what it looks like to edit settings (fyi, every gadget is different)
    • Sometimes things quit working right after a while
    iGoogle maintenance
  • CONTACT INFORMATION
    • PF Anderson, Emerging Technologies Librarian, UM Health Sciences Libraries, pfa@umich.edu
    • Slides will be at: http://slideshare.net/umhealthscienceslibraries/