Lately my days have involved a lot of heavy movement working on patron issues with eBooks. This can mean writing emails, making phone calls, testing out devices, and if all else fails, contacting the vendor for support. Today was a vendor support day where I had to have OverDrive reset the license for an ePub book after it was accidently downloaded to a PC instead of the user’s iPad. Then you throw in some troubleshooting the website to fix the iPaper module which was keeping us from uploading PDFs to the website.

What makes today a success was I finally got GitHub working on my Mac at work. My notes for setting it up:

My random items for the day was working in the computer labs, taking some (terrible!) promo shots of the new art exhibit, and working with EZproxy. I also started a new spreadsheet so I can start a content inventory of the website. I am burning up with ideas which I look forward to discussing with my boss on Friday.

Add on: I forgot to add that I am now officially managing my own collection of books! As you might guess, it is the tech collection.

Turn WordPress into a Landing Page Site

As you may know, I own two domains: this one and I have been letting my portfolio website sit for the past year (former appearance) with little interest in actively changing it over. The main reason being that once you have built a website, even a WordPress one, it is a pain to reshape it. Second, I don’t really use my name domain. It is important to own your name online, but my first purchased name was godaisies and it is the handle I have stuck to for the last 3.5 years. So I decided to do something drastic: turn my capstone site into a landing page. The new design is below:

I kept the orange color from the previous site.

I may make some changes to the font, font colors, and what is listed on the page, but it is to remain minimal. Steps for the transformation from a full WP website to a landing page:

  • Follow the steps for How to Make An Style Home Page.
  • I had to copy his CSS onto the actual style.css file (underneath Coraline’s default — make sure to add a comment to separate it out!) via FTP since it would not save through the WordPress interface. This may be a 1&1 issue instead.
  • To remove the Home link, I used Chrome’s Inspect Element property to pinpoint the text so I could write a new line of code with a display of none.
  • I then used the Redirection plugin (seems to take a little while to actually change in the database) to point the About and Contact to this website’s pages.

Then on this website, I installed the Platform theme. This has more of a drag-and-drop interface since Lord knows that I don’t have time to actually design my own websites! There is a bit of a small learning curve and the display of the site does not update as rapidly as I would like. However, that may once again be a 1&1 thing.

Changes I’m looking into making:

  • Have the top three section appear only on the front page.
  • Change the header logo.
  • Turn the background a dark color to closer mimic the Landing Page site (or change that one!).

Event Registration Using Wufoo and Drupal and Google Docs

  • Used only one content type (called Class).
  • Added information about the individual class in multiple CCK fields (stuff like title, date, instructor, description).
  • Made an additional CCK field called “Form_Embed” to place the code from Wufoo.
  • Made the first form in Wufoo with the bare minimum of information required from the patron (name, email, library barcode, member status). I duplicated this form for each class that required registration. Then for each class, I changed the title, how many people class, and set the length of the registration period. Each class has a confirmation message thanking them for registering and the patron will receive an email that states the same message as the confirmation screen.
  • I copied the Wufoo iframe embed code into the “Form_Embed” field for each Class content type. The form is currently closed but you can see it here until 01/16/2012.
  • Then to address the issue of patrons who still want to go on a wait list even after the class closes (Wufoo will automatically close the class when it reaches the selected number of submissions). The wait list is listed on a special menu and is a Google Form. I made sure to make it clear in the Confirmation message that we will only email those accepted.
  • Next I created a Google Form so people can add themselves to sign up to be notified of future classes. Later this will need to go into a mailing list through Contactology.

ICL Reboot Tutorial 02

In the second part of this series, I will demonstrate how to install, enable, and tweak the Drupal theme, Acquia Slate (note: I’m not sure how to pronounce Acquia!).

Some helpful links:
The first ICL Reboot video
Page to download Acquia Slate for Drupal 7
Fusion Theme for Drupal
The ICL Website
The rebooted ICL website

ICL Reboot Tutorial 01

The International and Comparative Librarianship Communitas website that I was paid to build last year is running extra slow on the BlueHost server. I am curious if it is BlueHost that is just so terrible or if the ICL website built in Drupal using the Sam’s Teach Yourself Drupal in 24 Hours book is to blame because of all the extra bloat modules that it recommended I install. I read that Drupal 7 is suppose to be more streamlined and incorporated many of the best features into its core. Therefore I decided to try rebuilding the site from the ground up in Drupal 7.

Each day (that I have new material) I will post another video in the series. These videos are specifically geared towards the Department of Library and Information Studies at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro’s webmasters. Since I have now graduated and am no longer being paid to maintain their sites and will soon start my first professional library job, I want to create a resource for the LIS webmasters to use. However, these videos will be created with the thought in mind of being under 10 minutes and having clear, distinct pieces which will make it easy for other Drupal users to use as well.

Please let me know your thoughts and if you have any requests for me.
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How to Batch Process Images in Photoshop

How to batch process so that all images will be resized the same (from an email to my assistant):

  1. Open all or most of your images all at once in Photoshop (if you decide to only open 10 at a time, pay attention to which ones you select each time you run through these directions!)
  2. Look in the right hand sidebar to see if you have a panel called “Actions” open. If you do not, go to Window > and click Actions. The panel should now appear in the right hand sidebar. You might need to move other panels out of the way to see it.
  3. At the bottom of the “Actions” panel, you’ll see an icon that looks kinda like a sticky note with the bottom left corner folded up. Hover over it and it’ll say “Create New Action.” Click it!
  4. A window will pop up saying “New Action.” Give it a simple Name in the Name box like “Resize logos.”
  5. Click Record.
  6. Now, look at the logo that you have up on your screen. Go then to Image > Image Size and change the width to say 200 pixels (note that the pixels box might already be selected). Don’t change the height.
  7. Click OK.
  8. Go to File > Save > OK
  9. Then close the image by clicking the X in the top left for THAT image.
  10. In the actions panel, click on the plain square button to stop the “recording.”
  11. Now go to File > Automate > Batch
  12. In the Play section, look at the Actions: drop down and make sure it’s “Resize logos” (or whatever you choose in step 4).
  13. Click OK

All your opened images will now be resized!