Posting a Catalog Search Link on Your Facebook Page

Sometimes it’s handy to be able to post a catalog search link to your library page. Clicking on the link will take people directly to current search results in the catalog. In NOBLE’s Evergreen catalog, you can perform any sort of search, including advanced searches with limiters, and just copy and paste the URL from the search results page as a persistent link. It’s worth taking time to work out a perfect search, including limiters and the best scope for your purposes. (In this case, I am using a subject search on Heart Diseases Diet Therapy, limited to Books and English, sorted by Date with the newest first, and with the “More Details” view of the Search Results screen.)

Once you have the right link, you have the same options as when you post any other type of link. (See Adding a Link to Your Facebook Page for details.)

Here’s what the post looks like when you copy and paste in the link:

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As you can see, it’s displaying the whole long complicated URL, the title is OK, and there’s no description. I replaced the URL with a message, modified the title, added a description and chose a different cover image.

Now my post looks like this:

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Looks much better! Click Post.

Here’s what it looks like in the Timeline on our page:

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Note: This example uses NOBLE’s Evergreen Catalog as an example, but the same thing should work with any catalog as long as it produces persistent search links.

Posting an OverDrive Book on Your Library’s Facebook Page

It’s very easy to post a link to an OverDrive book to your library’s Facebook page. This is an especially good thing to do with the Always Available titles that never have holds!

Just go to the title in our OverDrive collection, and click on the Facebook share link:

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This will set up a post for you. Next to the word Share and the little flag, there’s a dropdown that lets you decide whether to post to your personal timeline or your library page or any other pages that you maintain using your personal account. Set this to post to you library page. Then add a message if you like. You could also edit the title or description if you needed to, but with OverDrive titles you generally don’t.

(This is confusing because at one time these Share buttons on other sites could only be used to post to a personal profile, and not a Facebook page.)

Click Post.

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Here’s what the finished post will look like on your Facebook page:

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Adding a Link to Your Facebook Page

There are lots of good reasons to add links to your library’s Facebook page, including sharing news from your library website, sharing a website you think will be helpful to your library users, or passing along an interesting article. If you just enter a URL in the post box and click on the Post button, your finished post will be visible to the public and will look like this:

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Not bad, but let’s start over and see if we can make this look a little better.

Step One: Enter the URL
To begin, key in or copy and paste the URL you want to share into the post box at the top of your page. Facebook will automatically look up the page, and bring in a title, description and (if it can find one) a thumbnail image.

The post now looks like this:

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Step Two: Remove the URL
Once Facebook has pulled in the information from the site we’re linking to, it doesn’t need the URL in the box anymore, so we can remove it. The title will be the link to the article, and the post will be less cluttered.

The post now looks like this:

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Step Three: Edit the Title and Description as Needed
Ideally, Facebook would always bring in an appropriate title and description from the site that you’re linking to, but depending on the site, this may not work very well. It doesn’t look like you can edit the title or description, but you can. Hover over either the title or the description, and you’ll see a yellow background:

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Click on it, and you’ll see that you can edit the text. Don’t be creative here — this spot is generally understood to coming from the content provider, so it’s not a good place for your own comments. In this case, Facebook brought in the description of American Libraries itself, and not this article. I am using copy and paste to replace that with the first paragraph of the article.

Note that this works even when the title or description is blank. Just hover over the place where the title or description should be until you find the yellow, click and you’ll be able to add the missing element.

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Step Four: Add Your Post Text
You may want to add your own message to the link you’re sharing. In this case, I was encouraging people to check the library catalog to find books mentioned in the article, so I included the catalog URL at the end of my message.

The post now looks like this:

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Step Five: Check the Thumbnail
Facebook may bring several thumbnails into the post, allowing you to move back and forth to choose the one you want to use for your post. Some may have nothing to do with the page you’re linking to — this is especially true with blog posts and news articles, where you might get thumbnails from other articles or advertisements. Choose the thumbnail you want, or, if there’s nothing appropriate, check the box for “No thumbnail.”

In this case, the only other thumbnail available for this link was just the ALA logo, so I switched back to the original image.

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Step Six: Post
Now click the Post button, and your post will be available to the public. People visiting your page or seeing the link it their newsfeed will be able to click through to the original article, click Like, Comment or Share. If they click Share, they will be posting the link on their own page or profile. The thumbnail, title and description will be passed along but your message will not — they will be able to add their own.

Note that the link to the library catalog that I added to my post is now a blue, clickable link.

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Schedule a Post
If you don’t want your post to show up immediately, you can click on the clock icon in the lower left of the post box to schedule it to appear at a particular date and time.

Facebook Schedule Post

Links for a Library Presentation

Beyond Basic Google Search

  • Limit by Date
  • Sites with Images
  • Translated Foreign Pages
  • Site Specific Search
  • Google Custom Search (Example: ArtSearch)

History

Art, Color and Images

Video

When Books Go Digital

Here’s the PowerPoint I used for a presentation at a faculty meeting at North Shore Community College earlier this week, with all the relevant links below:

OverDrive

  • NOBLE OverDrive — NOBLE’s collection of downloadable ebook and audiobooks
  • OverDrive’s Help Site — Here’s help for using different ebook readers, audio players and mobile devices with our OverDrive collection

Public Domain Books

  • Project Gutenberg — “Project Gutenberg is the first and largest single collection of free electronic books, or eBooks. Michael Hart, founder of Project Gutenberg, invented eBooks in 1971 and continues to inspire the creation of eBooks and related technologies today.”
  • ManyBooks.net — A great source of public domain ebooks which can be downloaded in various formats. RTF (Rich Text File) works well with Microsoft Word, Google Docs, etc.
  • Diary of Samuel Pepys — A seventeenth century diary is presented in blog format in this beautiful site managed by Phil Gyford

Internet Archive

  • Internet Archive — “The Internet Archive is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that was founded to build an Internet library. Its purposes include offering permanent access for researchers, historians, scholars, people with disabilities, and the general public to historical collections that exist in digital format.”
  • Worcester History Images from the Internet Archive — A post from my personal blog about the capturing images from books in the Internet Archive
  • Internet Archive Images — My Flickr set
  • Riverbank — Example of one of my Internet Archive images posted on Flickr. Note the link back to the original book on the Internet Archive site. (I also use these images in comments on Flickr to add historical perspective to recent photographs, as in this example: Riverbank

Google Books

  • Salem Diner — A regular Google search
  • Salem Diner — Switch from “Everything” to “Books” to get a very different set of results. (The Books option is hiding under More in the left sidebar)
  • Wenham ice — Quotation marks make this a phrase search
  • Lillian Randolph — This Google Books search was limited to magazines
  • Lillian Randolph — News note from Jet magazine
  • Embed Code — The code to embed a page is under the Link option
  • Lillian Randolph — Webpage with embedded page from Google Books
  • Google Books Advanced Search — Searching for the expression “to touch pitch and not be defiled in books by Anthony Trollope. This search worked well enough, but I had to wade through multiple editions books by this prolific author. Since I am very interested in Trollope’s work, I added on edition of each of his books to My Library, which makes this kind of searching easier for me.
  • Searching My Books — This search for Red Cloud is limited to the books I have saved to my library. I was only interested in Red Cloud as it related to Willa Cather, who grew up in Red Cloud, Nebraska. Although I have the Willa Cather books as a separate “bookshelf,” there’s no way I can limit my search to just that bookshelf, so occasionally I get irrelevant hits. If this became a problem, I could set up different Google accounts with different libraries: one for Willa Cather, one for diner books, etc.
  • Importing ISBNs into Google Books — If you have a file of ISBNs from LibraryThing, a biliographic management program, etc., you can import them into Google Books. (You can scan ISBNs into a file using a smartphone with an app like Barcode2File.)

Google Ngrams

Hiding Images on the Library Facebook Page

Here’s a simple tip for managing images on your library’s Facebook page. The most recent five images added to your Facebook account display in a row at the top of the page. It’s always the most recent five photos but they display in random order — try reloading your page to see. I mention this because I think it’s confusing, and I’m not sure what the point is of randomizing the order of these.

If you frequently add photographs to your Facebook page, this row of recent photos can help your page look current, but there are times when the most recent photos don’t work so well. If you’ve uploaded more than five photographs of a recent event, for example, these will push other recent images out of the display. Or you may have some recent images like screenshots or logos that don’t really belong in that display.

It’s easy to hide images from the display. Just hover over the image and you’ll see a small x in the upper right. Click on this to hide the image from the display. This only hides it from this row of photos, and the image will still be visible in the album and other photo displays.