LibPaths is a portal tool that allows you to create multiple portals of information targeted to different groups. Each portal can contain multiple portlets (small windows) of information relevant to the logged in student, teacher, or parent. It empowers you to proactively prepare teaching and learning resources to support teachers and students. LibPaths becomes the home page or landing page for students and/or teachers whenever they login to your library.


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.


LibPaths Structure


LibPaths is a set of multiple portal pages consisting of:

  • one or more multiple pages (portals),
  • one or more small windows (portlets) on each portal,
  • portlets displayed in 1-3 column layout,
  • snippets of information (widgets) in each portlet,
  • attractive presentation tools,
  • time related publication rules,
  • targeted sharing rules.


Portals are designed to give students and teachers instant access to your library's specific and relevant teaching and learning materials in sync with the curriculum throughout the academic year.


Each portal can be scheduled to automatically show or hide in sync with each student's curriculum path for the academic year. This results in portals dynamically cycling, between visibility and non-visibility throughout the year, as a set of tabs across the top of the logged on student's home pageFor most students this will usually result in them seeing from one to ten portals which match the units of work they are studying at that time of the year. 


Portals can be similarly created and dynamically displayed for individual teachers of for groups of teachers giving each teacher instant access to relevant teaching materials.


Manage Portals


Go to: Configure > LibPaths


Manage Portals


Manage Portals lists all your portals in the order in which you decide to arrange them. From here you can perform all create, maintain, and publish tasks on all portals:

  1. - switch between LibBase and LibPaths. Note: This button does not display for schools using LibPaths.
  2. - display a name, e.g., Preview or ReviewNote: This menu display is seen by library managers only because patrons do not see the menu.
  3. portal list by:
    1. Name - look for a word or words in the name of the portal
    2. Visible to Academic Level - a class or year level that can see the portal
    3. Visible to Library Group - a library group that can see the portal
  4. - a new portal.
  5. - default portal always displays at the top of the portal list. Note: There can only be one default portal.
  6. - drag to reorder portals. Note: The order in this list determines the left-right order display for each student when they view their portals.
  7. Name - the portal name. Click {portal name} to select for editing:
    1. Italicised grey font - portal is not published
    2. Normal blue font - portal is published
  8. Users - number of academic levels or library groups that can view this portal.
  9. Last Modified - shows the date this portal was last modified or edited.
  10. Published - shows the current state of this portal.


Create A New Portal


Clickto create a new portal as a new tab on the portal queue. Note: A New Portal is created and opened on a new tab on the portal edit queue and displays three No Portlets placeholder frames representing the three equal-column layout. Note: No Portlet placeholders display to highlight columns that do not contain a portlet.


Once created:

  1. - choose column layout for this portal. Note: Column layout can be changed at any time as required.
  2. - edit portal properties:
    1. Name - portal name. When naming a portal consider using:
      1. Target class for the portal, e.g., Year 9
      2. Subject orientation of portal, e.g., History
      3. Unit of work covered by the portal, e.g., Medieval Society
        To create a portal named - Year 9 History Medieval Society 
  3. - set Visibility for who can see this portal:
    1. Set Who can see this Portal? by Academic Level select each academic level in the left side Available list to move it to the right side Selected list.
    2. Set Who can see this Portal? by Library Groups select each library group in the left side Available list to move it to the right side Selected list.
  4. - delete this portal and all its portlets. Note: This action is not reversible.
  5. - close portal. Note: For editing convenience, Infiniti remembers the most recent portals you were editing until you close them.
  6.  - click to close and clear the portal workbench.


Edit An Existing Portal


Click {portal name} to open for editing. The chosen portal will display as a tab and momentarily highlight in a shade of light yellow to distinguish it from other portals that may be in the portal edit queue: 

  1. Click the portal to display its contents and enter edit mode.
  2. - alter column layout for this portal.
  3. - edit portal properties:
    1. Name - portal name.
    2. Make Default Portal - there must be a default portal and only one portal can be set to default. Note: Setting a portal to default will automatically remove the default status from the current default portal.
    3. Published - reflects the status of the portal:
      • Yes - All assigned academic levels and library groups can see the portal. Note: Ensure at leat one portlet on the portal is published.
      • No - no one can see the portal regardless of individual portlet status.
    4. Start Date (Optional) - set the date when the portal should automatically display.
    5. End Date (Optional) - set the date when the portal should automatically cease displaying.
  4. - set/reset Visibility for this portal:
    1. Set Who can see this Portal? by Academic Level select each academic level in the left side Available list to move it to the right side Selected list.
    2. Set Who can see this Portal? by Library Groups select each library group in the left side Available list to move it to the right side Selected list.
  5. - duplicate this portal. The new portal will be named Original Portal Name (Copy) and both the portal and its portlets will be in an unpublished state. Note: Only available in list display mode.
  6. - delete this portal and all its portlets.
  7. - number of portlets on the portal. Note: Only available in list display mode. 
  8. - show portal content (portlets on this portal). Note: Only available in list display mode.


Portlet Widgets


In LibPaths, a portal widget is a packet or unit of information or data. A widget might be a:

  • set of library books for reading or research
  • collection of digital resources like websites, podcasts, and videos
  • mixed set of library books and digital resources
  • specific search of your catalogue
  • useful clip of information
  • message for the target audience


A widget can be:

  • static - the information it displays does not change until explicitly edited
  • dynamic - the information changes when the data source changes


LibPaths has a library of ten different portlet widget templates which are colour coded for convenience:

  1. Search Infiniti widget - adds standard patron catalogue search options.
  2. Text widget - WYSIWYG Editor for messages, embedded images, media, and prepared lists.
  3. Popular Searches widget - shows most popular books read by logged in patron's peers.
  4. Resource Carousel widget - show a range of resources presented as a carousel and populated from prepared lists.
  5. RSS Feed widget - Really Simple Syndication news feeds accessible to the logged on patron.
  6. Twitter Timeline widget - twitter channels accessible to the logged on patron.
  7. My Profile widget - allows logged on patron to review their loans and reservations.
  8. Video widget - embed media from a variety of streaming sources.
  9. Search Trove widget - search of Trove resources.
  10. Search JStor widget - search of free online JStor resources.

Move widgets around the page by dragging the header area of each po.


Add A New Portlet To A Portal


Click the portal on the portal edit queue:

  1. - to open the portlet library.
  2. Click to select the portlet widget. Note: Refer to widget type listed above.
  3. Populate widget as required.
  4. - to return to the portal canvas.
  5. The new portlet will always be positioned in column one, row one of the portal.
  6. Rearrange as required.
  7. - publish when ready.


Portlet Editing Tools


After selecting a widget for your portlet, populate it as required. Note: A newly created widget will be shaded grey until it is published.


Portlet management tools available on each portlet in portal edit mode and/or in portal contentlist mode:

  1. Published shared status of this portlet:
    1. - not published on this portal
    2. - published on this portal. Note: Use this switch to control a portlet before you are ready to openly publish it.
  2. - share the widget in this portlet 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 your Internet Accessible Widgets library.
  3. - this widget is embedded in other websites, click to go to the widget in the Internet Accessible Widget library.
  4. - copy or move this widget:
    1. Target Portlet - choose target from list. Note: The target portal must exist before you can copy or move a widget to it.
    2. - to Target Portlet and leave in source portlet. The copied portlet will be unpublished. Note: Target portlet can be any portlet including the source portlet.
    3. - to Target Portlet and remove from source portlet. The moved portlet will be in the same published state. Note: Target portlet can be any portlet except the source portlet.
  5. - edit properties of this portlet.
  6. - delete this portlet.


Share Portal Widgets


Some portal widgets can be shared outside your library environment, e.g., within your school's 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 collection. If a student clicks on a widget embedded in the LMS then the corresponding book, video, or podcast, or other asset will be retrieved from your collection.


Being dynamic means that if you change widgets content then those changes will automatically publish into any shared instances of that widget in your Learning Management System (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 Learning Management System (LMS). If you remove a resource from a widget carousel list in Infiniti it will automatically be removed from every instance of that widget in the Learning Management System (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.