Thoughts on the 2015 SLAV conference on eResources

A really interesting day, and one in which I got to pick the brains of many like-minded library staff. Lots of robust discussion around eBooks and eResources (and the vendors!) not only what’s out there, but how to make it work for you.

Some ‘takeaways’ from the day:
Do your homework!
What ‘extras’ does the vendor offer? Stats, DDA, purchase limits, purchase triggers, etc.
How will you catalogue it? Does the vendor provide downloads?

The full Storify available here:
SLAV eResources

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Search Creative Commons

Thanks must go to the good folks at Edshelf, especially Mike Lee and the Team for coordinating the whole sheebang, for being such awesome sharers! The Creative Commons information is a part of this presentation by

I first came across Search Creative Commons about three years ago while taking the SLAV (now SLAV/ SLV) Vic PLN course. It was good, but a little clunky and results were erratic and sometimes contained images that didn’t match the search parameters.

So I was pleasantly surprised when I made a visit there today. Wow! What a difference!

A really nice interface, clear search parameters, and further streamlining of searches make this a really powerful resource. But here’s that coolest thing ever – widgets!

You can create a widget that has all the information about the photo embedded RIGHT THERE!

So, here’s an example I made using my favourite teacher-librarian type search term – “frogs”.

The original search looked like this:

Search Creative Commons

Search Creative Commons

And the search results looked like this:

Search results for "frogs" on Fotopedia

Search results for “frogs” on Fotopedia

(It went to fotopedia because that’s what I had clicked on)

I thought that I would look more closely at the first photo of the Mink Frog (see, I did learn something!), so I clicked on the little black and white i in the bottom right-hand corner of the photo (you can’t see it in the example above because it’s a hot link).

Then I came to this:

Mink Frog dialog

Mink Frog dialog

 

You can see that I can access more information about the Mink Frog in Wikipedia, and the page has information about the artist, and the copyright, when the photo was uploaded and the size. AND there are two buttons – Download and Embed Photo.

So, I thought I would give Embed Photo a try, think that I might get a bit of HTML (a-la YouTube) that I could insert in this post…it’s SOOOOOO much better that that!

The embed code includes all the info you need to acknowledge the work, and to use it appropriately. Have a look at the embed dialog, and the finished result:

Embed dialog

Embed dialog

 

(Cheat) Widget - coz WordPress is a poo!

(Cheat) Widget – coz WordPress is a poo!

Pure genius!

RDA, RDA…What the heck is RDA?!!

Everyone is talking about it, but what is it?

RDA is the new cataloguing paradigm, which replaces the old rules – AACRII.

In a nutshell, RDA give us more scope to catalogue the ephemeral and the digitial. Let’s face it, more and more of what we have in our collections is not a physical items. It’s more likely to be a link, a digital document, image or PDF, an eBook or audiobook.

Renate Beilharz has all the knowledge, and you can see what RDA and FRBR are all about in her article on the BRIGHT IDEAS blog.

Posting a photo to your blog

Start by using the Add Media button in the New Post dialog to upload a photo to your Media Library (also available through the Media menu on the left hand side of the Dashboard).

Add Media button

Add Media button

Family

Family

 

Once you’ve uploaded and inserted your photo you can edit it by using the photo editor in the top left corner of the photo. Just click on the photo and the Edit and Delete icons should appear.

Edit and Delete icons

Edit and Delete icons

Click on the Edit icon (the landscape photo) to change the attributes of your media file. You can change the position, the size, the title, the caption, the frames, the permalink and much more, here. Just take you time to look around and see each of the variations you can make. There’s even an Original Image button incase you really make a mistake with your changes.

Here is the Edit Image tab. The tab I’m working on is highlighted in RED.

Edit Details tab

Edit Details tab

And here is the screenshot of the Advanced Settings tab:

Advanced Settings tab. Top of screen.

Advanced Settings tab. Top of screen.

Advanced Settings tab. Bottom of screen.

Advanced Settings tab. Bottom of screen.

Anything you need to do to an inserted image is on these tabs.

Enjoy!