Leafing Out: Creating a Library Website Using Simple Online Tools

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Presented at the 2013 Pacific Northwest Association of Church Libraries (PNACL) annual conference at Northwest Nazarene University in Nampa, Idaho.

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  • Agenda Setting up a blog for a library website Setting up LibraryThing to catalog library books Why combine them? Things you can do with LibraryThing widgets on your website One example in a bit more detail, and where you can go for others Questions/ideas/discussion
  • Why use these tools? Easy to get started and use Free or very cheap Tend to be updated frequently so they stay looking modern Flickr user: secretlondon123 License: CC BY-SA 2.0
  • A couple of catches Blogs tend to make it obvious if you dont post regularly Can be tough to customize if you decide you want to Busted !
  • Setting up a blog Start at http:www.blogger.com Its owned by Google, so if you have a Google account all you have to do is sign in If not, click the Sign Up button in the corner
  • Setting up a blog: Google profile Next option: create a Google+ profile or create a Blogger profile?
  • Setting up a blog: Create the blog All you need for now is to click New Blog.
  • Setting up a blog: Create the blog All you need to do for now is add a title and address, and choose a template.
  • Setting up your blog: First post Think of it as typing in a word processor You can preview what it will look like, and publish the post when youre ready
  • Setting up your blog: Main page Just a quick look at the page where youll find links to customize your blog. Youll use Layout and Template for that.
  • Getting help with Blogger Google help for Blogger: https://support.google.com/blogger Blogger tour: overview https://www.blogger.com/tour_start.g YouTube video: how to create a blog on Blogger http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rA4s3wN_ vK8 BloggerHelps YouTube channel http://www.youtube.com/user/BloggerHelp?fe ature=watch
  • Setting up LibraryThing Sign up at http://www.librarything.com Click Join Now and fill out a few fields
  • LibraryThing: Add books The easiest way is to search for the book using the ISBN if available, or title and author
  • Getting help with LibraryThing LibraryThing quick start page http://www.librarything.com/quickstart.php LibraryThing help http://www.librarything.com/wiki/index.php/ Help_and_FAQ LibraryThing training video on YouTube (created by a user) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8d5gHi CzN8k
  • Putting them together Many websites simply link to LibraryThing Another option: add widgets to your site Widget: a small application that gets added to a web page (or another location like your desktop) Keep people on your website Add useful features like reading and resource lists
  • Reading and resource lists How-to video: http://youtu.be/g4lD0EIz9K 8
  • Book blurbs How-to video: http://youtu.be/PRf6aqJaJI 0
  • Subject and author displays How-to video: http://youtu.be/P31ap-AFHTQ
  • Search box How-to video: http://youtu.be/1ToeZ5O4Fr4
  • Questions? Email: annpool@alumni.washington.edu Church library website: http://crossandcrownrentonlibrary.blogspot.co m YouTube how-to tutorials: http://www.youtube.com/user/girlwsquirrel My LinkedIn profile: http://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=69353 88