iGoogle for Productivity  and Outreach by PF Anderson Emerging Technologies Librarian April 21, 2009
IDEAS <ul><li>Things you might do with iGoogle </li></ul>
<ul><li>University of Michigan themed collection </li></ul>
<ul><li>General Health </li></ul>
<ul><li>Diet & Nutrition </li></ul>
<ul><li>Fitness & Exercise </li></ul>
<ul><li>Stress Tips </li></ul>
<ul><li>Yoga & Meditation </li></ul>
<ul><li>Autism &learning disabilities news & resources </li></ul>
<ul><li>Public Health </li></ul>
<ul><li>Medicine and Medical Gadgets and Tools </li></ul>
<ul><li>Life Science Researchers </li></ul>
<ul><li>Promote your unit – here is the library! </li></ul>
<ul><li>For fun? Astronomy Theme Semester </li></ul>
GETTING STARTED
<ul><li>The beginning – sign in to iGoogle, or create a Google account </li></ul>
<ul><li>iGoogle login screen  </li></ul>
<ul><li>Choose topics </li></ul>
<ul><li>Example iGoogle Home page </li></ul>
<ul><li>Delete this gadget </li></ul>
<ul><li>Edit settings </li></ul>
<ul><li>Minimize gadget </li></ul>
THEMES
<ul><li>Change theme </li></ul>
<ul><li>Themes homepage </li></ul>
<ul><li>Artist themes </li></ul>
<ul><li>Game themes </li></ul>
<ul><li>Causes themes </li></ul>
<ul><li>Search for themes (history) </li></ul>
<ul><li>Search themes results (history) </li></ul>
<ul><li>Theme details </li></ul><ul><li>Creator details </li></ul>
<ul><li>Search themes results (health, causes, marketing, fundraising) </li></ul>
<ul><li>Theme details </li></ul><ul><li>Creator details </li></ul><ul><li>Comments and discussion – community building </l...
<ul><li>Creator / developer information  </li></ul>
<ul><li>Theme details </li></ul><ul><li>Creator details </li></ul><ul><li>Comments and discussion – community building </l...
<ul><li>Change theme </li></ul><ul><li>Easy undo option </li></ul>
<ul><li>Notice the donate button  </li></ul>
<ul><li>Make your own theme </li></ul>
<ul><li>Make your own theme – almost done </li></ul>
<ul><li>Done! (Sakura in Gold) </li></ul>
GADGETS
Want More Gadgets?  Click “Add Stuff”
<ul><li>Find gadgets </li></ul>
<ul><li>You might also like …  </li></ul><ul><li>Useful tools like Google Tip of the Day, and Google Translate </li></ul>
<ul><li>People who like “Google Calendar” also like … other productivity tools </li></ul>
<ul><li>Search for gadgets (health) </li></ul><ul><li>Search for gadgets (health) </li></ul>
<ul><li>Search results for health  </li></ul>
<ul><li>Editors picks </li></ul><ul><li>And other categories … </li></ul>
<ul><li>Add feed or gadget </li></ul>
<ul><li>Create your own gadget </li></ul>
<ul><li>Make your own gadget </li></ul><ul><li>Sample forms: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Framed photo </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li...
<ul><li>Ben’s YouTube Station </li></ul>
<ul><li>Building the gadget </li></ul>
<ul><li>Add more content to your gadget </li></ul><ul><li>Remember to update content as you make changes to the YouTube si...
<ul><li>UMHS YouTube Gadget </li></ul><ul><li>Publishing options </li></ul>
<ul><li>New gadgets are added to active tab </li></ul>
<ul><li>But you can move them, edit the tab, or simply drag to another tab (very carefully) </li></ul>
ADDING RSS FEEDS TO IGOOGLE
<ul><li>Examples of Public Health custom RSS feeds for journals, news, clinical alerts, and disaster response information ...
 
<ul><li>Finding feeds </li></ul>
<ul><li>Copy URL from location bar </li></ul><ul><li>Paste URL into feed selection window, click ADD </li></ul>
<ul><li>Back to iGoogle, feed is there, move it where you want it.  </li></ul>
<ul><li>Adding a custom PubMed search as an RSS feed gadget in iGoogle </li></ul><ul><li>Send to RSS </li></ul>
<ul><li>Customize your settings </li></ul><ul><li>How many articles do you want listed? </li></ul><ul><li>Click “Create Fe...
<ul><li>Click on the XML button  </li></ul>
Copy the URL
<ul><li>Paste into feed/gadget form, click add </li></ul><ul><li>Voila! The RSS feed is added to your iGoogle tab.  </li><...
<ul><li>My own personal specialized PubMed search, right where I want it.  </li></ul>
MANAGING YOUR TABS
<ul><li>Make a new tab </li></ul>
<ul><li>Auto-fill </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“no relevant content was found” </li></ul></ul>
<ul><li>Search results for Michigan </li></ul>
<ul><li>Select your tools </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Click on “Add it now” </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Highlighted examples </li></u...
FINISHING TOUCHES
<ul><li>Are we done? Let’s take a look … </li></ul>
<ul><li>Let’s move things around </li></ul>
<ul><li>Hunh? How did you do that? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>1. Grab menu bar of gadget </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>2. Drag to ...
<ul><li>Another way to change the look and feel of the page is in edit view </li></ul>
<ul><li>Sharing your tab once your are done with it </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Select items you want to share </li></ul></ul><u...
<ul><li>This is what it looks like to edit settings (fyi, every gadget is different) </li></ul>
<ul><li>Sometimes things quit working right after a while </li></ul>iGoogle maintenance
CONTACT INFORMATION <ul><li>PF Anderson, Emerging Technologies Librarian,  UM Health Sciences Libraries, pfa@umich.edu </l...
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  1. 1. iGoogle for Productivity and Outreach by PF Anderson Emerging Technologies Librarian April 21, 2009
  2. 2. IDEAS <ul><li>Things you might do with iGoogle </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>University of Michigan themed collection </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>General Health </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>Diet & Nutrition </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>Fitness & Exercise </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>Stress Tips </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>Yoga & Meditation </li></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>Autism &learning disabilities news & resources </li></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>Public Health </li></ul>
  11. 11. <ul><li>Medicine and Medical Gadgets and Tools </li></ul>
  12. 12. <ul><li>Life Science Researchers </li></ul>
  13. 13. <ul><li>Promote your unit – here is the library! </li></ul>
  14. 14. <ul><li>For fun? Astronomy Theme Semester </li></ul>
  15. 15. GETTING STARTED
  16. 16. <ul><li>The beginning – sign in to iGoogle, or create a Google account </li></ul>
  17. 17. <ul><li>iGoogle login screen </li></ul>
  18. 18. <ul><li>Choose topics </li></ul>
  19. 19. <ul><li>Example iGoogle Home page </li></ul>
  20. 20. <ul><li>Delete this gadget </li></ul>
  21. 21. <ul><li>Edit settings </li></ul>
  22. 22. <ul><li>Minimize gadget </li></ul>
  23. 23. THEMES
  24. 24. <ul><li>Change theme </li></ul>
  25. 25. <ul><li>Themes homepage </li></ul>
  26. 26. <ul><li>Artist themes </li></ul>
  27. 27. <ul><li>Game themes </li></ul>
  28. 28. <ul><li>Causes themes </li></ul>
  29. 29. <ul><li>Search for themes (history) </li></ul>
  30. 30. <ul><li>Search themes results (history) </li></ul>
  31. 31. <ul><li>Theme details </li></ul><ul><li>Creator details </li></ul>
  32. 32. <ul><li>Search themes results (health, causes, marketing, fundraising) </li></ul>
  33. 33. <ul><li>Theme details </li></ul><ul><li>Creator details </li></ul><ul><li>Comments and discussion – community building </li></ul>
  34. 34. <ul><li>Creator / developer information </li></ul>
  35. 35. <ul><li>Theme details </li></ul><ul><li>Creator details </li></ul><ul><li>Comments and discussion – community building </li></ul>
  36. 36. <ul><li>Change theme </li></ul><ul><li>Easy undo option </li></ul>
  37. 37. <ul><li>Notice the donate button </li></ul>
  38. 38. <ul><li>Make your own theme </li></ul>
  39. 39. <ul><li>Make your own theme – almost done </li></ul>
  40. 40. <ul><li>Done! (Sakura in Gold) </li></ul>
  41. 41. GADGETS
  42. 42. Want More Gadgets? Click “Add Stuff”
  43. 43. <ul><li>Find gadgets </li></ul>
  44. 44. <ul><li>You might also like … </li></ul><ul><li>Useful tools like Google Tip of the Day, and Google Translate </li></ul>
  45. 45. <ul><li>People who like “Google Calendar” also like … other productivity tools </li></ul>
  46. 46. <ul><li>Search for gadgets (health) </li></ul><ul><li>Search for gadgets (health) </li></ul>
  47. 47. <ul><li>Search results for health </li></ul>
  48. 48. <ul><li>Editors picks </li></ul><ul><li>And other categories … </li></ul>
  49. 49. <ul><li>Add feed or gadget </li></ul>
  50. 50. <ul><li>Create your own gadget </li></ul>
  51. 51. <ul><li>Make your own gadget </li></ul><ul><li>Sample forms: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Framed photo </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>GoogleGram </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Daily Me </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Free Form </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>YouTube Channel </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Personal List </li></ul></ul>
  52. 52. <ul><li>Ben’s YouTube Station </li></ul>
  53. 53. <ul><li>Building the gadget </li></ul>
  54. 54. <ul><li>Add more content to your gadget </li></ul><ul><li>Remember to update content as you make changes to the YouTube site </li></ul>
  55. 55. <ul><li>UMHS YouTube Gadget </li></ul><ul><li>Publishing options </li></ul>
  56. 56. <ul><li>New gadgets are added to active tab </li></ul>
  57. 57. <ul><li>But you can move them, edit the tab, or simply drag to another tab (very carefully) </li></ul>
  58. 58. ADDING RSS FEEDS TO IGOOGLE
  59. 59. <ul><li>Examples of Public Health custom RSS feeds for journals, news, clinical alerts, and disaster response information </li></ul>
  60. 61. <ul><li>Finding feeds </li></ul>
  61. 62. <ul><li>Copy URL from location bar </li></ul><ul><li>Paste URL into feed selection window, click ADD </li></ul>
  62. 63. <ul><li>Back to iGoogle, feed is there, move it where you want it. </li></ul>
  63. 64. <ul><li>Adding a custom PubMed search as an RSS feed gadget in iGoogle </li></ul><ul><li>Send to RSS </li></ul>
  64. 65. <ul><li>Customize your settings </li></ul><ul><li>How many articles do you want listed? </li></ul><ul><li>Click “Create Feed” </li></ul>
  65. 66. <ul><li>Click on the XML button </li></ul>
  66. 67. Copy the URL
  67. 68. <ul><li>Paste into feed/gadget form, click add </li></ul><ul><li>Voila! The RSS feed is added to your iGoogle tab. </li></ul>
  68. 69. <ul><li>My own personal specialized PubMed search, right where I want it. </li></ul>
  69. 70. MANAGING YOUR TABS
  70. 71. <ul><li>Make a new tab </li></ul>
  71. 72. <ul><li>Auto-fill </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“no relevant content was found” </li></ul></ul>
  72. 73. <ul><li>Search results for Michigan </li></ul>
  73. 74. <ul><li>Select your tools </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Click on “Add it now” </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Highlighted examples </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Michigan Daily </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Weather </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Law Library </li></ul></ul>
  74. 75. FINISHING TOUCHES
  75. 76. <ul><li>Are we done? Let’s take a look … </li></ul>
  76. 77. <ul><li>Let’s move things around </li></ul>
  77. 78. <ul><li>Hunh? How did you do that? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>1. Grab menu bar of gadget </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>2. Drag to desired position </li></ul></ul>1. 2.
  78. 79. <ul><li>Another way to change the look and feel of the page is in edit view </li></ul>
  79. 80. <ul><li>Sharing your tab once your are done with it </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Select items you want to share </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use email address of person you want to share it with </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Send it to yourself if you want a URL to put it in a blog or web page as a link </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Send settings if you’ve customized the gadgets in important ways, otherwise don’t </li></ul></ul>
  80. 81. <ul><li>This is what it looks like to edit settings (fyi, every gadget is different) </li></ul>
  81. 82. <ul><li>Sometimes things quit working right after a while </li></ul>iGoogle maintenance
  82. 83. CONTACT INFORMATION <ul><li>PF Anderson, Emerging Technologies Librarian, UM Health Sciences Libraries, pfa@umich.edu </li></ul><ul><li>Slides will be at: http://slideshare.net/umhealthscienceslibraries/ </li></ul>
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