LibPaths portals are a collection or aggregation of information boxes called portlets. Together the portlets deliver information about a topic that you want to share with a general audience or specific groups of students, teachers, and members of your school community.

LibPaths Structure

LibPaths is used to build and manage a set of multiple portals consisting of:

  • one or more small windows (portlets) on each portal,
  • snippets of information (widgets) within each portlet,
  • portlets displayed in a variety of layouts,
  • tools to create your own attractive presentations,
  • tools to import portals professionally created by subject experts,
  • tools to manage targeted sharing (who sees what) of portals,
  • tools to manage time related sharing (when do they see it) of portals.

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 contains one or 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. A specific portal can be the home page or landing page for students and/or teachers and portals can be embedded into other internet services such as a learning management system.

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.

After you create a portal or import a portal from LibPaths PortalHub, you can create and manage portlets in that portal.

Manage Portals

Go to: Configure > LibPaths

Portal Theming And Styling

Overall management of portals:

  1. - switch between LibBase and LibPaths. Note: This button does not display for schools already using LibPaths.
  2. - display admin menu name, e.g., Preview or ReviewNote: This menu display is seen by library managers and users do not see a menu.
  3. - apply or adjust overall default styling or theming for all portals.

Manage Portals

From here you can perform all creation, maintenance, and publication requirements for all portals:

  1. portal list by:
    1. Name - by a word or phrase in the name of the portal
    2. Visible to Academic Level - year level that has been assigned to a portal
    3. Visible to Library Group - library groups that can see a portal
  2. - a new portal.
  3. - go to the browse the PortalHub library
  4. - 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).
  5. - drag to reorder portals. Note: The vertical order in this list determines the left-right display order of each portal displayed on the student and teacher view their portals.
  6. 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 their assigned audiences.
  7. Published - shows the current publication state of this portal. Note: If a portal is set to be published or unpublished on specific dates, these dates will be displayed.
  8. Audience - academic levels and/or library groups that can view this portal when it is published.
  9. Home Portal - indicates if the audience will see this portal in the left most position in a row of published portals that have been shared with them.
  10. Revision - the date this portal was last modified or edited. Note: This date is recorded automatically if one or more portlets are added, removed, edited, repositioned, or restyled.

Create A New Portal

  1. - create a new portal. Note: A New Portal is created and opened on the current portal edit queue as a new tab and positioned to the right of the queue and displays a template of three broken line boxes identified tagged No Portlets representing the three equal-column layout. Note: No Portlet placeholders display at the top of each column when the column does not contain a portlet.
  2. - choose the column layout for this portal. Note: Column layout can be altered at any time in the future as required.

Edit Portal Display Attributes

If not open, click {portal name} on the list to open for editing:

  1. {portal name} will appear on the portal queue to the right any open portal.
  2. - edit portal properties:
    1. Display
      1. - optionally choose an icon to display with this portal. Note: Icons can be colourised using the colour palette or hex codes as required for each icon. Consider colour coding subjects.
      2. Portal namewhen 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. Collaboration:
      1. Purpose - a brief description (200 characters maximum) of the purpose of the portal
      2. Coordinator - name/s of the person/s who requested this portal or who is responsible for adding content, e.g., the teacher/coordinator for the class/subject
      3. Last Reviewed - set date this portal was last reviewed. Note: This date is different from Revision date and must be set manually is required.
    7. Analytics - CSS Selectors - codes for constructing navigation menus within a portal.
    8. Portal Style - if required, set available attributes to apply to this portal.
    9. Portlet Style - if required, set available attributes to apply to portlets on this portal.

Edit Portal Visibility Attributes

If not open, click {portal name} on the list to open for editing:

  1. {portal name} will appear on the portal queue to the right of any open portal.
  2. - set/reset Visibility for this portal:
    1. Set Who can see this Portal? 
      1. Academic Levelselect each academic level in the left side Available list to move it to the right side Selected list.
      2. Library Groups - select each library group in the left side Available list to move it to the right side Selected list. Note: Library groups must  be defined before you can assign them to a portal. 
    2. Use As Default Fall-Back - optionally set 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. Note: Only one portal can be set as default so setting a portal to default will automatically remove the default status from the current default portal.

Copy Or Duplicate A Portal

On your list of portals locate the portal you wish to copy and in the tools panel on the right:

  1. - duplicate this portal. The new portal will be named {Original Portal Name (Copy)} and both the portal and its portlets will be duplicated and the duplicate will be placed at the bottom of the list in an unpublished state. Edit as required.

Edit Portal Shareability Attributes

On your list of portals locate the portal you wish to copy and in the tools panel on the right:

  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 patron is authenticated to school's Single Sign On (SSO) environment, or if you do not have a SSO and the patron can authenticate manually:
      1. - copy this link ready for pasting into another website.
    2. Anonymous Access - use this access link type if the link will be placed somewhere outside your school's Single Sign On (SSO) environment:
      1. - generate a secure link for this portal to temporarily share for collaborative purposes. Note: Anonymous links are ideal for quick collaboration with colleagues and reset after 10 minutes of non-interaction.
      2. - copy link ready for pasting into another website or email.
      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 everywhere the link is available. Note: This option will break all existing links to this portal from other everywhere and should only be used if you no longer want this portal to be linked to be available anonymously. If required, a new anonymous link can be created in the future.

Show Portlets Mode Portal Management Tools

General tools for managing a portal when in list mode:

  1. - delete this portal and all its portlets. Note: This is irreversible.
  2. - close portal. Note: For editing convenience, Infiniti keeps open 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. Note: Copy will place a copy of the portlet in the target portal and leave it in the current portal, while Move will place the portlet in the target portal and remove it from the current portal.
    2. - edit this portlet.
    3. - delete this portlet. Note: Deleted portlets cannot be retrieved.

Share Portals

Portals can be shared outside your library environment and outside your school network, e.g., within your school's Learning Management System (LMS), or via an email message to a colleague, or in a digital task sheet. Shared portals can be both dynamic and interactive.

Being interactive means that widgets within the portal maintain their links to their source. If a student clicks on an item in a portlet, then the item will behave in the manner it was designed, e.g., book will list, videos and podcasts will play, and other resources will be play.

Being dynamic means that if you change portal content or layout then those changes will automatically cascade into all instances of that shared portal. If you add a resource to a widget carousel or catalogue search it 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.