LibPaths is a multi tab portal that allows you to create multiple presentation tabs targeted to different groups of patrons. Each presentation tab can contain multiple portlets of information relevant to the logged in patron. You can take creative control and put some flare onto your library homepage. When activated it becomes the home page or landing page for specific groups of non-library managers (usually students and/or teachers) whenever they login.


Note: LibPaths is an optional subscription service that extends the functionality of Infiniti LibBase. Please contact Concord Support for up to date subscription fees and to have LibPaths enabled.


Once enabled, LibPaths is a blank canvas for creating multiple portals which are targeted at specific groups of patrons and which can become the library home page for the members of those respective groups. Editing tools allow you to create multiple portals and to create a column layout for the portlets you intend to display on each portal. Portlets are then created in each column and populated with information relevant to the target group. Each school has a Default Portal and all portals visible to a patron are displayed as tabs across the top of each patron's home page.


Patrons can see one or more portals as defined locally. For example a student patron could see a library portal and a class portal, while a teacher could be assigned to the library portal, a class portal and a staff portal.


LibPaths Structure


LibPaths is a set of multiple portal pages consisting of:

  • multiple canvases or pages,
  • one or more portlets on each page (small windows),
  • embedded widgets of information in each portlet,
  • all laid out in an attractive presentation,
  • which patrons see on a selective or assigned basis when they use your catalogue.


Create a Portal


Go to: Configure > LibPaths

  1. The LibPaths Editor displays a preview of all portlets and widgets similar to what your patrons will see, while the first menu option on the left menu (you may have already renamed this with a local term) allows you to see exactly what the portal's audience will see.
  2. Adda new portal.
  3. Set the Default Portalwhich is always displays in the left most position of the list of defined and visible portals.
  4. Optionally to display a name, e.g., Search, OPAC, Home Page. Note: This menu display is seen by library managers only. Patrons do not see the menu.
  5. - this will provide a range of portlet widgets which can be added to the portal or canvas. There are two types of content:
    1. General widgets:
      1. Search Infiniti - standard catalogue search options.
      2. Text Widget - WYSIWYG Editor for messages, embedded images, embedded media, embedded prepared lists.
      3. Popular Searches - most popular books read by logged in patron's peers.
      4. Resource Carousel - a range of resources presented as a carousel and populated from prepared lists.
      5. RSS Feed - Really Simple Syndication news feeds.
      6. Twitter Timeline - twitter channel.
      7. My Profile - profile of logged in patron.
      8. YouTube - YouTube media.
      9. Search Trove - search of Trove resources.
      10. Search JStor - search of free online JStor resources.
    2. Junior PicPac search interface widget for younger students:
      1. Static PicPac - flat search interface.
      2. Dynamic PicPac - moving search interface.
      3. PicPac Search Bar - standard catalogue search options.
  6. After selecting a widget for your portlet, populate it as required. Note: A newly created widget will display as a shade of grey until it is published.
  7. Portlet management tools:
    1. - share as an interactive embedded widget in other websites, e.g., a school learning management system. Note: Not all widgets are shareable and sharing a widget from here will copy the widget and place it in the Internet Accessible Widgets library.
    2. - widget is visible on the internet, click to go to the widget in the Internet Accessible Widget library. 
    3. - publish the portlet for patrons. Note: Use this switch to control a portlet before you are ready to openly publish it.
    4. - edit the portlet.
    5. - delete the portlet.
  8. Renamea portal as required.
  9. Reorderportals as required. Note: The Default Portal will always display in the left most position of the list of defined and visible portals.
  10. Delete a portal as required. Note: Deleting a portal will delete all portlets and widgets on the portal.
  11. Move widgets around the page by dragging the coloured header of each message.


Make A Portal Visible To Patrons

  1. Open {click tab name} of the portal you wish to make visible.
  2. Clickto set Visibility for this portal:
    1. To set Who can see this Portal by Academic Level click each academic level in the Available selection list to move it to the Selected list.
    2. To set Who can see this Portal by Library Groups click each library group in the Available selection list to move it to the Selected list.

Note: Each portal can be made visible to multiple academic levels and library groups.

Note: If patrons are not given visibility of a defined portal, the default portal will automatically display when they logon.


Share Portal Widgets


Some portal widgets can be shared outside the library environment, e.g., with your school Learning Management System (LMS). These are stored in the Internet Accessible Widgets library. Shared widgets are both dynamic and interactive.


Being interactive means that widgets shared outside your library maintain their links to your catalogue. If a student clicks on a widget embedded in the LMS then the student will immediately be retrieve the corresponding book, video, or podcast from your catalogue.


Being dynamic means that widgets that any changes you make to a widget's content will automatically cascade into any shared instance of that widget in your LMS. If you add a resource to a widget carousel list in Infiniti that resource will automatically flow through to every instance of that widget in the LMS. If you remove a resource from a widget carousel list in Infiniti it will automatically be removed from to every instance of that widget in the LMS.


Editing LibPaths Text Widget

 

The LibPaths Text Widget Editor allows you to edit your LibPaths Text Widget. It is based on the common TinyMCE. Contact your IT Support officer for assistance on using the LibPaths Editor.

 

Note: You will need to know the 'embed code' for videos you wish to add. For example if the video is on Youtube, click on the share icon and find the embed code, then copy this to your clipboard ready to paste into your LibPaths page.