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Information in Context


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Presentation from NELA 2008 about embedding Web 2.0 content into library websites

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Information in Context

  1. 1. Information in Context <ul><li>Embedding useful Web 2.0 content into library websites </li></ul>
  2. 2. Information in Context <ul><li>Libraries have been encouraged to participate in Web 2.0 by uploading their content to flickr, YouTube, and other websites </li></ul><ul><li>In addition to hosting content, another function Web 2.0 websites offer is easily embedding this content on your own website </li></ul>
  3. 3. Information in Context <ul><li>Libraries can provide “Information in Context” by embedding uploaded content back into the library’s website, thus giving patrons content for the information we are uploading </li></ul><ul><li>This presentation is a demonstration for creating dynamic subject guides using the, and to embed individual photos and a photo “badge” from </li></ul>
  4. 4. The static “library” website we’ll be embedding code into
  5. 5. The html code behind our basic website. Although I use EditPlus, these techniques work with any web page editor (Dreamweaver, Contribute, Wordpress, etc.)
  6. 6. <ul><li>Creating Dynamic Subject Guide with </li></ul><ul><li>Log into your delicious account, then click the “Settings” link </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>Scroll to the bottom and click “Link Rolls” </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>On the bottom of this page is where we customize our feed (the bookmarks that will be “fed” into the library’s website) </li></ul><ul><li>The code to copy/paste into the library’s website is generated in the box in the middle of the page (including limiting to specific tags) </li></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>Paste the code into your website where ever you’d like it to appear and save the page </li></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>When our webpage is reloaded, our feed appears </li></ul><ul><li>As new websites are bookmarked into our feed, they will automatically appear here </li></ul>
  11. 11. <ul><li>Example of bookmarking new website </li></ul><ul><li>Visit the page to be bookmarked and click the delicious browser button </li></ul><ul><li>Browser button (or bookmarklet) can be installed from your account </li></ul><ul><li>Any browser with the delicious buttons can bookmark websites </li></ul>
  12. 12. <ul><li>The “Save Bookmark” delicious window will appear </li></ul><ul><li>Enter Notes and Tags to describe this website </li></ul><ul><li>You can also choose from the suggested Tags on the right </li></ul><ul><li>When finished, click the “Save” button </li></ul>
  13. 13. <ul><li>As long as the website was tagged with words matching the criteria of our feed, it will automatically show up on our website </li></ul><ul><li>This might take 30-60 minutes </li></ul>
  14. 14. <ul><li>Embedding a photo from </li></ul><ul><li>Log into your flickr account and choose a photo to embed </li></ul><ul><li>Click the “All Sizes” icon right above the photo </li></ul>
  15. 15. <ul><li>Choose the size that fits your website the best </li></ul><ul><li>Copy the code from the box below the photo </li></ul>
  16. 16. <ul><li>Paste this code into your website where ever you’d like it to appear and save the page </li></ul>
  17. 17. <ul><li>Reload your website and the photo will be embedded </li></ul><ul><li>You can style this photo’s layout to fit your website (remove the border, align left, right or center, etc.) </li></ul><ul><li>The photo will automatically be linked back to the photo on flickr </li></ul>
  18. 18. <ul><li>Embedding a flickr “badge” </li></ul><ul><li>From any flickr page, scroll to the bottom and click the “Tools” link </li></ul>
  19. 19. <ul><li>On the Tool page, click the “build a badge” link along the right margin </li></ul>
  20. 20. <ul><li>Follow the badge wizard to create your badge - don’t be afraid to play </li></ul><ul><li>HTML badge: basic, but less problematic </li></ul><ul><li>Flash badge: flashier, but requires patrons to have browser plug-in </li></ul>
  21. 21. <ul><li>Choose what to include in your badge - limit to your photos or everyone’s, just one set of photos, or photos based on their tags </li></ul>
  22. 22. <ul><li>Choose you layout format </li></ul><ul><li>Select the number of photos to display, the orientation, and whether they should be displayed chronologically or randomly </li></ul>
  23. 23. <ul><li>Chose the colors of your badge so that it matches your website </li></ul><ul><li>An example of your badge is shown at the bottom to help with colors </li></ul>
  24. 24. <ul><li>On the final page of the wizard, your badge is displayed </li></ul><ul><li>Copy the code shown in the box at the bottom of the page </li></ul>
  25. 25. <ul><li>Paste this code into your website where ever you’d like it to appear and save the page </li></ul>
  26. 26. <ul><li>Reload your website and the badge will be embedded </li></ul><ul><li>The photos and badge are linked back to the photos on flickr </li></ul><ul><li>As new photos are uploaded to flickr that match the badge’s criteria, they will automatically be displayed here </li></ul>
  27. 27. Ideas for Embedding Content Videos Photographs Feeds Some Links for Other Ideas  Book Reviews  Library Tour, or a tour of historical sites around your community  Overview of library resources & facilities  Teen Movie Making club  Staff introductions (I know, it'll never happen...)  Training on using library resources  Library Tour  Photos of patrons  Photos of a library or town events  Staff introductions  Highlight a collection, such as historical photographs  Display other peoples’ photos of your library or community via a flickr pool or a badge and tags  Promote your library blog on other library web pages  Display blog posts with certain tags on related web pages  Community news display (especially headlines from your local paper)  Promote local connections by displaying feeds from patrons’ blogs, photo streams, or other local sources  Local weather forecasts - ie:  Polls and Quizzes, to see how patrons feel about an issue or just solicit input - ie:  Online chat, to ask a librarian a question or have a discussion - ie:  Games, for a club, to illustrate an article, or just for fun - ie:  Book information, to show new additions or a special collection - ie:
  28. 28. What to Keep in Mind <ul><li>Hosting content on other web servers means if that website goes away, so too might your content </li></ul><ul><li>Connecting to other web servers might also cause your website to load slower, depending on the connection between your website and those remote servers </li></ul><ul><li>If you use other peoples’ content, remember that you don’t control the content of it, nor its availability (if they delete it, you lose it) </li></ul><ul><li>Always read the Terms of Service of the websites you use, and abide by them </li></ul>
  29. 29. Information in Content <ul><li>Experiment! </li></ul><ul><li>Brian Herzog </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>