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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! 

 

 

      

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.