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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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  • 1. iGoogle for Productivity and Outreach by PF Anderson Emerging Technologies Librarian April 21, 2009
  • 2. IDEAS
    • Things you might do with iGoogle
  • 3.
    • University of Michigan themed collection
  • 4.
    • General Health
  • 5.
    • Diet & Nutrition
  • 6.
    • Fitness & Exercise
  • 7.
    • Stress Tips
  • 8.
    • Yoga & Meditation
  • 9.
    • Autism &learning disabilities news & resources
  • 10.
    • Public Health
  • 11.
    • Medicine and Medical Gadgets and Tools
  • 12.
    • Life Science Researchers
  • 13.
    • Promote your unit – here is the library!
  • 14.
    • For fun? Astronomy Theme Semester
  • 15. GETTING STARTED
  • 16.
    • The beginning – sign in to iGoogle, or create a Google account
  • 17.
    • iGoogle login screen
  • 18.
    • Choose topics
  • 19.
    • Example iGoogle Home page
  • 20.
    • Delete this gadget
  • 21.
    • Edit settings
  • 22.
    • Minimize gadget
  • 23. THEMES
  • 24.
    • Change theme
  • 25.
    • Themes homepage
  • 26.
    • Artist themes
  • 27.
    • Game themes
  • 28.
    • Causes themes
  • 29.
    • Search for themes (history)
  • 30.
    • Search themes results (history)
  • 31.
    • Theme details
    • Creator details
  • 32.
    • Search themes results (health, causes, marketing, fundraising)
  • 33.
    • Theme details
    • Creator details
    • Comments and discussion – community building
  • 34.
    • Creator / developer information
  • 35.
    • Theme details
    • Creator details
    • Comments and discussion – community building
  • 36.
    • Change theme
    • Easy undo option
  • 37.
    • Notice the donate button
  • 38.
    • Make your own theme
  • 39.
    • Make your own theme – almost done
  • 40.
    • Done! (Sakura in Gold)
  • 41. GADGETS
  • 42. Want More Gadgets? Click “Add Stuff”
  • 43.
    • Find gadgets
  • 44.
    • You might also like …
    • Useful tools like Google Tip of the Day, and Google Translate
  • 45.
    • People who like “Google Calendar” also like … other productivity tools
  • 46.
    • Search for gadgets (health)
    • Search for gadgets (health)
  • 47.
    • Search results for health
  • 48.
    • Editors picks
    • And other categories …
  • 49.
    • Add feed or gadget
  • 50.
    • Create your own gadget
  • 51.
    • Make your own gadget
    • Sample forms:
      • Framed photo
      • GoogleGram
      • Daily Me
      • Free Form
      • YouTube Channel
      • Personal List
  • 52.
    • Ben’s YouTube Station
  • 53.
    • Building the gadget
  • 54.
    • Add more content to your gadget
    • Remember to update content as you make changes to the YouTube site
  • 55.
    • UMHS YouTube Gadget
    • Publishing options
  • 56.
    • New gadgets are added to active tab
  • 57.
    • But you can move them, edit the tab, or simply drag to another tab (very carefully)
  • 58. ADDING RSS FEEDS TO IGOOGLE
  • 59.
    • Examples of Public Health custom RSS feeds for journals, news, clinical alerts, and disaster response information
  • 60.  
  • 61.
    • Finding feeds
  • 62.
    • Copy URL from location bar
    • Paste URL into feed selection window, click ADD
  • 63.
    • Back to iGoogle, feed is there, move it where you want it.
  • 64.
    • Adding a custom PubMed search as an RSS feed gadget in iGoogle
    • Send to RSS
  • 65.
    • Customize your settings
    • How many articles do you want listed?
    • Click “Create Feed”
  • 66.
    • Click on the XML button
  • 67. Copy the URL
  • 68.
    • Paste into feed/gadget form, click add
    • Voila! The RSS feed is added to your iGoogle tab.
  • 69.
    • My own personal specialized PubMed search, right where I want it.
  • 70. MANAGING YOUR TABS
  • 71.
    • Make a new tab
  • 72.
    • Auto-fill
      • “no relevant content was found”
  • 73.
    • Search results for Michigan
  • 74.
    • Select your tools
      • Click on “Add it now”
    • Highlighted examples
      • Michigan Daily
      • Weather
      • Law Library
  • 75. FINISHING TOUCHES
  • 76.
    • Are we done? Let’s take a look …
  • 77.
    • Let’s move things around
  • 78.
    • Hunh? How did you do that?
      • 1. Grab menu bar of gadget
      • 2. Drag to desired position
    1. 2.
  • 79.
    • Another way to change the look and feel of the page is in edit view
  • 80.
    • 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
  • 81.
    • This is what it looks like to edit settings (fyi, every gadget is different)
  • 82.
    • Sometimes things quit working right after a while
    iGoogle maintenance
  • 83. CONTACT INFORMATION
    • PF Anderson, Emerging Technologies Librarian, UM Health Sciences Libraries, pfa@umich.edu
    • Slides will be at: http://slideshare.net/umhealthscienceslibraries/