Embedding external content

Tuesday, September 2, 2014 Posted by

WordPress logoYou may already know that you can easily embed external content from sites like YouTube and Flickr just by pasting the item’s URL on its own line. But did you know that you can also do this with sites like Instagram, Twitter, SlideShare and TED? No? Well now you do. And, if you’re interested in a complete list you can find it on the Embeds page in the WordPress Codex.

Welcome Emerson Public Library

Tuesday, September 2, 2014 Posted by

This morning we welcome the Emerson Public Library to the project.

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Linking to OverDrive Kids

Thursday, August 14, 2014 Posted by

Now that we’re offering a kids-only OverDrive collection you might want to have a link in your sidebar with the relevant graphic. You can do this by adding a new text widget to your sidebar and pasting in the following code:

<a href="http://nebraska.lib.overdrive.com/youth/">
<img src="http://libraries.ne.gov/projectblog/files/2014/08/Overdrive-Kids-Teens-eReading-Graphic-200x200.jpg" alt="Check out OverDrive eBooks and audiobooks!" />

This will get you the following graphic which when clicked will send patrons over to the OverDrive Kids site where they can check out eBooks and audio books from participating libraries.

Check out OverDrive eBooks and audiobooks!

Book Hangover

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 Posted by

Here’s a great video to share with your patrons.

Welcome Farnam Public Library

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 Posted by

Please take a moment and welcome Farnam Public Library to the program.

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Status of updated training videos and forthcoming WordPress updates

Friday, July 11, 2014 Posted by

WordPress logoI while back I promised a new set of training videos which will reflect changed in the WordPress interface since the originals I recorded back in 2011. While I’ve done of few of them so far, I’d not yet posted them and have actually scrapped them. This is because yesterday the folks at WordPress announced the release of WordPress 4.0 beta 1 with plans for a final release of version 4.0 in “a month.” (Click the link if you’re interested in reading about the exciting changes on the way.)

As a results of this announcement I’ve put the creation of new training videos on hold since some, if not many of them, will just need to be redone with this next major release. So, what’s the new plan?

With this upgrade the plan is for the Commission to install both the beta versions as they’re released on a test server that we’ll be able to use to identify and test the changes as they happen. Then, when 4.0 is released I’ll immediately start creating the new training videos using our install on the test server. Once those videos are complete (I’m thinking just a few weeks to get them all done,) we’ll upgrade all of sites on our system and make the new training videos available immediately. This way, I’ll be ready to answer your questions and the training will be available at the same time as the upgrade.

Thanks for your continued participation in this project and as always, feel free to contact me with any questions you may have.

2014 Participant Survey

Monday, June 23, 2014 Posted by

It’s time again to check in with everyone, whether your site is live or not. Please take just a few moments to fill out this short survey. I’ll be sure to read every submission and respond to anyone who indicates that they need some assistance.

(If you don’t see the survey below you can also find it here.)


Welcome Bancroft Public Library

Friday, May 30, 2014 Posted by

Today I’d like to welcome Bancroft Public Library to the program!

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Welcome Indianola Public Library

Thursday, April 24, 2014 Posted by

Please say hello to our latest participant, the Indianola Public Library.

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We’re now running WordPress 3.9 “Smith”

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 Posted by

Version 3.9 of WordPress, named “Smith” in honor of jazz organist Jimmy Smith, is available for download or update in your WordPress dashboard. This release features a number of refinements that we hope you’ll love.

Further details about the changes in 3.9 can be found on the WordPress News site. I’ll also be looking to start updating at least some of the training videos to reflect these changes.