LibPaths portlets are windows of information embedded into a portal. Portlets contain widgets used to create and display the content and a set of tools that allows you to manage the unique attributes of each portlet.


Each portlet contains a widget which determines the source of the content displayed in the portlet. Portlets can be manually published and unpublished as required to match timetable requirements. Published portlets on a portal will automatically rearrange themselves based on their current state of publication.


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 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.


You must create and manage portals before you can add portlets to it.


Manage Portlets And Widgets


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

  • set of library books for reading or research
  • collection of digital resources like websites, podcasts, and videos
  • and interactive game
  • 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 different portlet widgets. Those bolded are likely to be the most commonly used:

  1. Search Infiniti widget - adds standard student catalogue search options.
  2. Text widget - WYSIWYG Editor for messages, embedded images, media, text, and from prepared lists.
  3. Popular Searches widget - shows most popular books read by logged in student's peers.
  4. Resource Carousel widget - show a range of physical and digital resources presented as a carousel and populated from prepared lists.
  5. RSS Feed widget - Really Simple Syndication news feeds accessible to the logged on student.
  6. Twitter Timeline widget - twitter channels accessible to the logged on student.
  7. My Profile widget - allows logged on student 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 portlets around the page by dragging the title area of each box.


Add A New Portlet To A Portal


If not open, click {portal name} on the list of portals or clickto create a new portal:

  1. - to open the portlet widget library.
  2. Click to select the portlet widget you want to add. Note: Refer to widget type listed above.
  3. Populate widget as required.
  4. :
    1. Title - the name that will display in the header of the portal if enabled.
    2. Published:
      1. - student will see this portlet when the portal is open
      2. - student will not see this portlet when the portal is open
    3. Portal Height:
    4. Auto - portlet will display in optimum height based on content and widget
    5. Fixed - set portlet height to suit based on local preferences. Note: Experiment with heights between 300 and 800 to find the optimum for each portlet.
  5. :
    1. If required, set this portlet's attributes. Note: These will override portal and general styling.
  6. :
    1. Analytics - CSS Selectors - unique portlet identifier for use in portal navigation menu
    2. Administrative Description - a brief description (200 characters maximum) of the purpose of the portlet
  7. - to return to the portal canvas.
  8. For convenience, the each new portlet will be be positioned in the top left corner of the portal canvas.
  9. Rearrange by dragging the portlet to your preferred location.
  10. - publish when ready if not already published. Note: A newly created portlet will be shaded grey until it is published.


Quick Portlet Editing Tools


After selecting a widget for your portlet, populate it as required. 


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

  1. Published shared status of this portlet:
    1. - not published on this portal - the intended audience will not be able to see it.
    2. - published on this portal - the intended audience will be able to see it. Note: Use this switch to manually control publication and switch between published and unpublished as required.
  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 and attributes of this portlet.
  6. - delete this portlet.


Share Portlets


Some portlets 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 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 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 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 and is not supported by Concord. Contact your IT Support officer for assistance on using TinyMCE.

 

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


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.