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Voyager tutorials as interactive game (sort of)

If you’ve not seen the tutorial from the Univ. of Auckland before, it is kind of an interesting (and different!) approach to teaching users about Voyager — very video gamesque, in as much as a tutorial probably can be. 😉 It’s not the most indepth, but looks to cover the basics. Main table of contents, which also provides some story elements: http://www.library.auckland.ac.nz/instruct/tutorials/voyager/toc.html Tutorials:http://www.library.auckland.ac.nz/instruct/tutorials/voyager/index.html

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Posting to multiple blogs using Live Writer (How to)

Live Writer is a desktop application from Microsoft that allows the user to easily post to Microsoft Live Spaces, Blogger, wordpress, and other blog software (either hosted or on your own server). The WYSIWYG tool is amazingly easy to setup and use and posting to multiple blogs is a snap. Learn more about Livewriter here (and download it, too!) So, here’s my quick how-to: On ...

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Catalog paired with a website (Drupal and III)

Here is a prototype of a library catalog (III’s Millenium) wrapped on the library website with Drupal (a MOSTLY opensource website content management system — mostly because a commercial version of Drupal is now under development). The Drupal module for integrating the library catalog includes modules like ratings (Fivestar), Faceted Search, and Similar by Terms. Drupal is built with modules which can work together (like ...

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textpattern, wordpress, & redesign

I’m re-doing one of my domains with textpattern or wordpress. I considered drupal, but to be honest, I want something with a little stronger 3rd party support. There are several features & functionalities missing in drupal which I need. For a site from scratch or one with content generated from within drupal, all is well. For those working with 3rd party apps already, well, it ...

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Best web authoring tools for new web editors

Occasionally, I answer a question and I think, hmmm… maybe I should turn that into a blog post… In response to a question on the best web authoring tool for someone just getting started — under consideration – a content management system (CMS) such as drupal as well as creating individual webpages. To CMS or not?I think it depends on several factors: access authority to ...

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blogger.com vs. wordpress.com

So, I’ve been trying to figure out if I want to move to wordpress.com or use wordpress.org on my domain, or do something entirely different (I’m running drupal on my domain). Occasionally, I have considered moving over to wordpress.com as well… I like wordpress. It’s not so much that I hate blogger, it’s ok, but I’ve been wanting to do something with all of my ...

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opensource alternatives to common commercial products

Although the introduction of this article is overly simplified in terms of the changes in library technology (I couldn’t help but laugh a little in a couple of places) , once you’re past that, the rest is a good little overview of some of the more popular opensource products. I’ve hotlinked and listed the products below, the article gives a more indepth overview. The products ...

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Opensource ILS projects and how I learned to love the library catalog

okay, pardon the bad pun on dr. strangelove… I’ve been following some of the opensource ils projects with interest. evergreen (launched by the Georgia Public Lib System), is still in heavy development. From my understanding it originally launched without acquisitions or serials checkin (eeks!) ; however from an upcoming presentation flyer it appears that acquisitions will launch or has launched very soon.Anyhow, it’s an interesting ...

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