One of the many fun projects that I have the privilege of working on is the New York State Summer Reading program website. We’ve been working on some redesigning, which is always a work in progress, and also lots of updates for this summer (not done yet)
I was checking stats today to see what pages were getting hits and was pleased to see the Teen Booklists (boring name I know) was the top hit getter.
Since I’m in no way an expert on YA titles, I wanted an easy way to add titles that appear on the many booklists available from different sources. But also wanted something that had some graphic appeal. Since it’s a statewide site, I couldn’t pull a list of covers from a library catalog and link directly back to the titles.
Enter LibraryThing. I added titles from lots of different lists and used their widget building tool to create a widget that randomly displays 15 titles at a time. There’s also a YouTube playlist of book trailers (again, that needs updating)
It’s easy enough to build your own widget, but if you want to use ours, here’s the code you can use to embed it on your own website.
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If you have suggestions for the booklist or the booktrailers widgets, let me know. Maybe I’ll spend my summer vacation reading YA lit? What do you suggest?
I’d forgotten that several months ago I’d requested an invite to test Google’s Open Gallery service. It’s the software that powers Google’s Art Project, Historic Moments and World Wonders projects. As of December 2013 it is being made available to anyone, though you do still have to apply for an invitation.
Test gallery with Google Custom Gallery
The software lets you build a collection of images and add text descriptions and metadata. Your collections are displayed on a website with your own culturalspot.org URL or a custom URL. Individual items can be gathered into exhibits of related materials. Akin to software like ContendDM and Omeka. (I have no experience with these tools, so can’t compare features.)
The service is quite simple to use and I had a small test collection and an exhibit up and running in about 15 minutes. It’s the pollyalida collection of flowers – of course!
To really get a sense of what you can do with this, take a look at these collections.
What an easy way to get a small collection of historic photos, archival materials, art images and more online quickly and easily. And free.
There’s still space available in the following workshops in CT later this month:
Earlier today I asked the library twitterverse for examples of mobile apps related workshops, classes, hangouts, meetups, etc that they’re offering to their communities. Some great examples were shared! I’ll add more if I get any more responses later.
Jauntful is a great new tool for creating and sharing your own personalized travel guides. Create a guide to share your favorite places with friends. Create one for an upcoming trip with spots you don’t want to miss. Create a guide to your local area and share your favorite haunts.
Libraries could create a guide to the local community or a treasure hunt map for a fun summer event.
Students could use this to create a tour of an ancient or modern (or both) city for a school project. Or map out locations in a book, similar to a Google LitTrip.
Guides can be shared privately or with the world. Full color PDF versions for printing or taking with your offline.
Here’s my map of some favorite spots in Helsinki.
I haven’t been posting much about workshops and classes these days, so here’s a local workshop that I’m running at the end of April.
CDLC Tech Tools Workshop
Wednesday, April 30th, 2014
9:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
CDLC Offices, 28 Essex Street, Albany
A program offered by CDLC’s Regional Automation Advisory Committee (RAAC)
Need a chance to catch up with the ever-changing stream of new (and not so news) tech tools? There’s always something new that sounds interesting, fun and maybe even useful! But sometimes it’s hard to find time to test them out and figure out what to do with them.
During this workshop we’ll look at productivity tools that can help you during your workday, social media services that can help you connect with your community, graphics and presentation tools, cloud storage options and much more. You’ll have a chance to explore lots of tools (new and old!) and share ideas with your colleagues. You’ll come away with some new tips and tricks in your tool-kit and and decide which tools are right for you, your library, your community. Bring a list of your favorite tools or ones that baffle you. No question is too silly, bring them all!!