LibPaths is a set of tools that allow you to create multiple portals of information targeted to different groups of students, teachers, and your school community. Each portal can contain multiple portlets (small windows) of information relevant to the target student, teacher, or community group. It empowers you to proactively prepare teaching and learning resources to support teachers and students. LibPaths can be the home page or landing page for students and/or teachers whenever they login to your library or connect from another internet service.


Note: LibPaths is an optional subscription service that extends the functionality of Infiniti LibBase. Schools subscribing to LibPaths also have access to a collection of portals in Portal Hub that have been designed to support teaching and learning in K-12 schools. Please contact Concord Support for up-to-date subscription fees and to have LibPaths enabled.


LibPaths Structure


LibPaths is tool for creating a set of multiple portals consisting of:

  • one or more small windows (portlets) on each portal,
  • snippets of information (widgets) in each portlet,
  • portlets displayed in a variety of column layouts,
  • tools to create attractive presentations,
  • tools to manage targeted sharing (who sees what),
  • tools to manage time related publication (when do they see it).


Portals are designed to deliver specific and relevant teaching and learning materials to students' and teachers' devices in sync with the teaching timetable throughout the academic year.


Each portal can be scheduled to automatically be available 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 connected student's home pageThis ensures students and teachers only see the 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 tab lists all your portals in the order in which you decide to arrange them. From here you can perform all creation, maintenance, and publication requirements for all portals:

  1. - switch between LibBase and LibPaths. Note: This button does not display for schools already 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 a 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. - indicates default portal and always lists at the top of the portal list. Note: There can only be one default portal (see Use As Default Fall-Back instructions below).
  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 detailed inspection and/or editing:
    1. Italicised grey font - portal is not published. Note: Unpublished portals can only be seen by the portal manager while in edit mode.
    2. Normal blue font - portal is published. Note: Published portals can be seen by the portal manager and its target audience.
  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.


Edit Portal Layout Attributes


If not open, click {portal name} on the list to open for editing. The chosen portal will display on the tab row 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 tab to display its contents and enter edit mode.
  2. - alter column layout for this portal. Note: Column layout can be changed at any time as required.


Edit Portal Display Attributes


If not open, click {portal name} on the list to open for editing. The chosen portal will display on the tab row and momentarily highlight in a shade of light yellow to distinguish it from other portals that may be in the portal edit queue:

  1. - edit portal properties:
    1. Display
      1. - optionally choose an icon to display with this portal. Note: Icons can be coloured using the colour palette or hex codes as required for each portal.
      2. 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., Ancient History
        3. Unit of work covered by the portal, e.g., Medieval Society
          To create a portal named - Year 9 History Medieval Society
    2. Home Portal - each patron can have one portal that will always list first followed by published portals assigned to the patron in the horizontal menu list of portals available for that patron. If a patron does not have a home portal then only published portals assigned to the patron will list in the menu. If a patron does not have a home portal and all portals assigned to the patron are currently unpublished, the patron will see the Default Portal (see Use As Default Fall-Back instructions below).
    3. Publish - reflects the status of the portal:
      • - all assigned academic levels and library groups can see the portal based on Start Date and End Date settings. Note: Ensure at leat one portlet on the portal is also published.
      • - no one can see the entire portal regardless of individual portlet publication status.
    4. Start Date (Optional) - set the date when the portal should automatically be available. Note: Leave blank to publish immediately.
    5. End Date (Optional) - set the date when the portal should automatically cease being available.  Note: Leave blank to publish indefinitely.
    6. Analytics - CSS Selectors - information for navigation.


Edit Portal Visibility Attributes


If not open, click {portal name} on the list to open for editing. The chosen portal will display on the tab row and momentarily highlight in a shade of light yellow to distinguish it from other portals that may be in the portal edit queue:

  1. - 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.
    3. Use As Default Fall-Back - sets this portal as the portal that will display if a patron has not been assigned any portals or if a patron's assigned portals are currently unpublished. Only one portal can be set as default. Note: Setting a portal to default will automatically remove the default status from another current default portal.


Copy Or Duplicate A Portal


If not open, click {portal name} on the list to open for editing. The chosen portal will display on the tab row and momentarily highlight in a shade of light yellow to distinguish it from other portals that may be in the portal edit queue:

  1. - 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. Edit as required.


Edit Portal Shareability Attributes


If not open, click {portal name} on the list to open for editing. The chosen portal will display on the tab row and momentarily highlight in a shade of light yellow to distinguish it from other portals that may be in the portal edit queue:

  1. - link to and share this portal with other websites, e.g., a school learning management system or school intranet:
    1. Authenticated Access - use this access link type if the other website is operating within your school's Single Sign On (SSO) environment:
      1. - copy this link ready for pasting into another website.
    2. Anonymous Access - use this access link type if the other website is not operating within your school's Single Sign On (SSO) environment:
      1. - generate a secure anonymous link for this portal to place in another website. Note: Each portal has its own unique link which must be generated before the portal can be linked from another website.
      2. - copy link ready for pasting into another website.
      3. - regenerate a secure anonymous link to re-establish security. Note: This option will break all existing links to this portal from other websites and should only be used if you are concerned that security has been breached on the current link.
      4. - intentionally remove access to this portal from all websites it is linked from. Note: This option will break all existing links to this portal from other websites and should only be used if you no longer want this portal to be linked to from another website.


List Mode Portal Management Tools


General tools for managing a portal when in list mode:

  1. - delete this portal and all its portlets.
  2. - close portal. Note: For editing convenience, Infiniti remembers the most recent portals you were editing until you close them.
  3.  - click to close and clear the portal workbench.
  4. - number of portlets on the portal.
  5. - access portal content (portlets on this portal):
    1. - copy or move this portlet to another portal.
    2. - edit this portlet.
    3. - delete this portlet.


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.


Share Portals


Portal can be shared outside your library environment, e.g., within your school's Learning Management System (LMS). Shared portals can be both dynamic and interactive.


Being interactive means that widgets within the portal maintain their links to your collection. If a student clicks on an item in a list or a carousel, then the details of the corresponding book, video, or podcast, or other resource will be retrieved from your collection and the student will be able to continue searching your catalog.


Being dynamic means that if you change portal content or layout then those changes will automatically publish into all instances of that shared portal. If you add a resource to a widget carousel list within Infiniti that resource will automatically flow through to the shared portal. If you remove a widget from a portal it will automatically be removed from that shared portal.