Category Archives: Training and Workshops

Training and Workshops

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. 

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!

 

 

 

Updating Location Information

One element of the new design is that location information for libraries and service points is now managed in a central place.  This allows address information to be edited in one place and then automatically propogated to all our websites, ensuring pages always show current information.

A new branch in the CQ content tree, not a part of LibraryWeb or any other website, is dedicated to storing location information.  The Location Entry section includes a page for every physical library or service point with a published address.  (Additional locations will be added as needed.)

To update location information:

  1. Navigate the tree and open the page for the location you want to edit.
    Screenshot: CQ Location Entry content tree
  2. Note that there are two components on the page: Location Entry, and Location Display.  Click 'Edit' on the blue component bar of the Location Entry component.
    Screenshot: CQ Location Entry page
  3. Edit the information in the Location Entry component's dialog.  Each location should have an Official Name.  You can also add a Display Name which will appear in place of the Official Name in some presentation contexts, such as a LibraryWeb location sidebar.  This may be appropriate if the Official Name is very long.
    Screenshot: CQ Location Entry dialog
  4. When you are done editing the dialog, click OK to save your changes.  Refresh the page, and confirm the changes appear in the Location Display component on the right side of the page.
  5. Activate your Location Entry page so your changes are published to the live website.
  6. Check your pages on the live website to confirm your changes have been successfully published to end-users.

We hope this new functionality helps simplify maintenance and improves the accuracy of our pages.

LibraryWeb CQ Training Thursday

Thursday (17 May) afternoon, there will be a LibraryWeb CQ Training in Butler 306. New trainees have priority seating; howevr, if you would like a "CQ for LibraryWeb" refresher, please RSVP and plan to be there from 1:00 to 3:30. Seats will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis based on RSVP. If there seems to be high demand, I will offer another refresher in June.

Also, Staffweb migration is underway, and relevant trainings (both for Staffweb-only contributors and for those migrating Staffweb content) are being scheduled. I will be in touch with more information and specific dates and times soon.
 

CQ Training Underway!

We’ve started rolling out CQ to contributors, and we will be holding up to 10 sessions in May depending on need and availability. Please RSVP to the training invitations (sent via email) as soon as possible.

We’ve held a few sessions already and continue to improve our documentation and the training materials. We are continuing to work on problem reports and are concentrating on getting the Area Studies content migrated into CQ.

I hope to have policies and guidelines online for contributors within the next two weeks. They’ll help us keep the site accessible for those with disabilities and will also help to improve our user experience by incorporating some key user-centered design principles.