Upcoming Workshop Series: Creating Content and Writing for the Web

Join me in the Studio@Butler for Creating Content and Writing for the Web. The workshops will be held on April 15, 22, and 29 (all Tuesdays) from 2-3:30 p.m. Please RSVP candicekail@columbia.edu.

Creating Content and Writing for the Web is a short series of workshops for librarians and other content contributors within the libraries to explore online expression in various forms. Just as literature encompasses various forms – from haiku to the novel to theatrical comedies – so too does online writing and content. From tweets, social media posts, and mobile content to blog articles and expository content, writing for the web involves a mixture of talent, inspiration, craft, and artistry. In much the same way that an informational brochure's content differs from the content of an article, web content changes depending on its function and where it resides. Like other types of content, the way it is crafted and the processes by which it's developed can impact its effectiveness. In this workshop, participants will begin to think more critically about web content, learn techniques suited to the web as a medium in its various forms, and work on developing an approach to their own web content. Join me for three sessions and begin to reshape your online communication approach!

Tomorrow’s Session and More to Come

CourseWorks and Subject Guides in CQ/AEM 

  • Wednesday, 12 February, 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. in 306 Butler

Coming Your Way in March

I will be conducting a Creating Content and Writing for the Web series that will cover the different kinds of content on our websites, best practices, things to think about, and how to approach a content refresh for your page, section, site, and beyond! Stay tuned for dates and times, as well as a more complete syllabus. I am currently estimating 2 – 3 sessions.

A brown-bag discussion about upcoming features and development work being done in both Adobe CQ/AEM and WordPress that aim to enhance our websites, enrich our users' experience, and ease your experiences authoring content for our websites.

CQ/AEM Workshops and Training Opportunities

We have a lot of upcoming opportunities for you to become more familiar with using CQ/AEM! Please join us for one or more of the following sessions in 306 Butler (first come, first served unless otherwise noted). 

Introduction to the Newly Upgraded CQ/AEM Interface 

  • Monday, 3 February, 3:30 – 5:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, 4 February, 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.  
  • Wednesday, 5 February, 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 noon 

Full CQ/AEM Training (RSVP required)  

  • Thursday, 6 February, 1:30 – 5:00 p.m.
    for new users and also for those who want a full refresher

CourseWorks and Subject Guides in CQ/AEM 

  • Wednesday, 12 February, 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. 

Introducing the New CQ/AEM Interface

Hello! We are excited to bring you the new version of Adobe CQ, now called Adobe Experience Manager (AEM). While the core functionality remains the same, the interface enhancements and new functionality are all very welcome improvements. The login and welcome screens have been redesigned and rebranded by Adobe, and the Website and Digital Assets Consoles offer additional tabs for greatly enhanced Search functionality.

New Login and Welcome Screens    



Getting to Recently Used Content 

To go to a page that you were recently editing, simply click the Recently used pages link and select the appropriate listing. For Recently used assets, click that link and select the appropriate asset. 

Searching for Content and Digital Assets

The Website Console and the Digital Assets Console both have new Search Tabs available allowing you to search for and then work with content and assets.

Website Console Search

Digital Assets Console Search

As you can see, there are many ways to limit and control your searches. 

We are excited to bring you this enhanced service and look forward to seeing you at next week's introductory sessions

CQ Upgrade Schedule & Open Sessions

We are continuing to work on upgrading from Adobe CQ 5.4 to Adobe Experience Manager (AEM) 5.6.1! Thanks to those who helped us test last week. The Content Freeze is next week, so please note the dates that CQ will not be available for changes and updates.

28 – 31 January

  • Content Freeze beginning at 5:00 pm 28 January
  • Content Freeze ends at 10:30 am 31 January
  • Perform the upgrade
  • Continue to develop and update documentation

Beginning the following week, we will host several open sessions to orient you to the upgraded system. These will be held in 306 Butler and will be first come, first served. If they over-fill, we will host more. I also am scheduling a full AEM/CQ Training Session between the 6th and the 12th of February (exact date and time will be announced ASAP).

AEM/CQ 5.6.1 Orientation Sessions

  • 3 February 2014 from 3:30 – 5:00 (Butler 306)
  • 4 February 2014 from 2:00 – 3:30 (Butler 306)
  • 5 February 2014 from 10:30 – 12:00 (Butler 306)

Please note: if you are comfortable using CQ, you may not need the orientation. Watch for updates over the next week!




CQ Upgrade Schedule, Short Content Freeze, & More New Opportunities!

Our upgrade to CQ (renamed by Adobe from Adobe CQ to Adobe Experience Manager, or AEM) is being tested this week by several content contributors as well as LDPD staff. The schedule for bringing it up for everyone is:

13 – 17 January

  • Provide test contributors with information about new features/behaviors
  • Gather feedback from content contributor testing
  • Continue to test internally and fix issues as needed
  • Develop and update documentation

20 – 25 January

  • Make sure everything works as expected for contributors and LDPD staff
  • Schedule and advertise post-upgrade workshops in February

28 – 31 January

  • Content Freeze beginning at 5:00 pm 28 January
  • Content Freeze ends at 10:30 am 31 January
  • Perform the upgrade
  • Continue to develop and update documentation


For the many who have responded asking if another Working with Subject & Courseworks Guides in CQ will be offered, the answer is yes! One is being scheduled for February, along with other sessions covering specific aspects of creating and working with website content. The schedule for trainings will be sent out next week.  

New Year, New Opportunities!

New Year! 

2014 has arrived with a blast of arctic air, while we all prepare for Spring Semester! We are looking forward to installing the most up to date version of our web content management system (Adobe CQ) in late January. The upgrade will not be a drastic change, but it will bring a number of noteworthy improvements to both contributors and system administrators. In February, we will hold a full Introduction to CQ training as well as a number of open sessions to introduce you to What's New in CQ/AEM 5.6.1. Check back for dates and times and more information. 

New Opportunities!

You are invited to attend our Working with Subject & Courseworks Guides in CQ session from 2:00 – 3:30 on Wednesday, 15 January 2014, in 306 Butler for anyone who would like to attend. The session will cover the nuances of working with your guides as you prepare them for Spring Semester classes and will cover some of the more advanced functionality, such as how to use the same content in more than one guide. Now that the site has been redesigned and the guides are centrally located, it's a good time to update, add resources, and create new course- and subject-specific guides. All are welcome! 




Updates on the Relaunch

Thanks to everyone who's efforts contributed to a successful soft launch of the Libraries' redesigned website.

The New Design

The LDPD Web team is continuing to roll out the new (and ever improving) design to all of the many Libraries' web properties in advance of our official public launch in August.  A few examples of our ongoing design integration efforts include custom website searches (e.g. Libraries FAQ), ILL, Digital Collections, and Online Exhibitions. CCNMTL, CDRS, and the Copyright Advisory Office will also be adapting elements of the new design to further expand the consistency of the CUL/IS web presence.  

Usability Testing

In addition to the propagation of our new design, LDPD is currently conducting the first of two usability tests as a way to identify needs for additional improvements in navigation, functionality, and design. This data, in combination with all of the helpful feedback we've received, will guide our efforts to provide the best possible experience for our range of users.

Looking Ahead

Our redesign propagation efforts will likely continue into August, and a number of other major development efforts will also be underway.  One effort worth noting will be a complete revamping of our CUL Blogs platform, including a system update and new blog theme.  Along with a new design, CUL Blogs will be easier to administer on the back-end, and we'll be able to better respond to requests for new plug-ins and features.
As we move into the fall we'll be making the Libraries' website even more user friendly, with improved support for mobile devices.  And there are many additional enhancements in the queue, so stay tuned.
– Posted by Dmitri Laury and Candice Kail

Libraries Website Assessments at the Assessment Forum

Join us at tomorrow's Assessment Forum from 3:30 – 5:00 in 523 Butler Library. My poster presentation highlights the assessment work we have done to inform the Libraries Website redesign and offers a very brief overview of the assessments we have planned for the next year. 

This summer we are gearing up to do Usability Studies with undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty; and we'd love to have you help us spread the word and invite participants.