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Show Us Your Lists

This week’s guest blogger is Sarah Felkar, Digital Access Librarian at the West Vancouver Memorial Library.

Many libraries in British Columbia now are using Bibliocommons – a fantastic catalogue overlay that allows staff and patrons to leave ratings, reviews and make lists of content.

If your library uses Bibliocommons and you are able to add custom widgets to your website (or have the ear of someone who can) using the following tools can add interactivity to your website, blog or something to offer partners.

First, go to: http:// [libraryname] .bibliocommons.com/info/integration/

You will then find a list of different widgets that are currently available to use.

My current favourite is the user list carousel. You can choose any list to feature.

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How to create and embed a carousel:

1) Copy your javascript snippet into notepad from:
http:// [libraryname] .bibliocommons.com/info/integration/ *

2) Locate the Bibliocommons User List Carosuel iframe code and paste above your javascript snippet. **

3) Create or locate the list you want to feature.

Example: http://westvanlibrary.bibliocommons.com./list/show/142960292_sarahfelkar/229483668_great_fantasy_novels_with_female_protagonists

and locate the number that occurs before the list name. Paste that number into the code. ***

4) On the webpage that you would like to place the carousel go to editing mode and:

  • In Drupal: click on “Disable rich-text” below the WYSIWG editor, and then paste in the code chunk.

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  • With WordPress.org sites, you need to install the iFrame plugin for the list to appear. But it works.
  • With WordPress.com (free) site, we are unfortunately out of luck (for the moment).

5) Save and publish!

Some ideas on what to use:

  • Staff Picks
  • List created for an event or holiday
  • To share with a partner organization
    • Like books on the topic of a current exhibit
    • Best gardening books for the local garden club

We’d love to see your carousels in action! Link to your examples in the comments.

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More Marketing Resources from Monique Sherrett

Our fabulous panelist from the BCLC, Boxcar Marketing‘s Monique Sherrett, has posted an awe-inspiring collection of marketing resources, tailored specifically to librarians. Thank you Monique!!

Check out the post here.

In a move crafted to warm any librarian’s heart, she has organized the resources into the following categories:  Online Marketing, PR, Retail & Merchandising, Email marketing and writing for the web, Mobile and web design, Analytics and data reporting, Big Thinkers, and Online marketing Training.

A few of my faves so far include copyblogger.com, alistapart.com, and Karen McGrane’s video on adapting to adaptive content.

Thanks again to Monique for not only being an inspiring panelist on May 10th, but providing us with some awesome post-game resources.

–Heidi Schiller, NVCL