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List of useful Bookmarklets

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Bookmarklets are JavaScript's stored as bookmarks in a web browser that can be used to execute a wide variety of operations, such as sharing a webpage to social media sites (e.g. Facebook or Twitter), or translating a site to English. Bookmarklets are also known as favelet or favlet (as in favourites).



Here are a list of useful bookmarklets that I think will come in handy. To use just click and drag it to your bookmarks bar in your browser (see above video).
Social Media Sharing Share to FacebookShare to Twitter Google Gmail ThisSends an email in Gmail with a link from the website.Goo.gle URL shortenerGoogle Search this SiteGoogle DefinitionTranslate to EnglishOthers Shorten URLSend to Kindle💾 ArchiveArchive the webpage to Archive.orgSearch on WikipediaShow PasswordPrintFriendlyPrint webpage or save it as a PDF and forward the PDF to a friend.



How to embed a PDF on a webpage

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Hi all, To embed a PDF on a webpage use this code, remember to replace [FILEPATHOFPDF] with the actual filepath of the PDF on the website (minus the square brackets):
<div id="display-pdf"><object data="[FILEPATHOFPDF]#toolbar=0&navpanes=0&scrollbar=1" type="application/pdf" width="100%" height="600px"> <div id="message"> <p>To view the content in your browser, please <a title="Adobe - Adobe Reader download" href="https://get.adobe.com/reader/">download Adobe Reader</a> or, alternately, <br /> you may <a href="[FILEPATHOFPDF]">Download</a> the file to your hard drive.</p> <p>NOTE: The latest versions of Adobe Reader do not support viewing <acronym title="Portable Document Format">PDF</acronym> files within Firefox on Mac OS and if you are using a modern (Intel) Mac, there is no official plugin for viewin…

Make your own online library easily for free!

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This is a short easy tutorial on how to make your own online Library for free.

Using WordPress | Using SLiMS | Using Omeka Using WordPress I'm presuming you already have a Wordpress website, if not you will need to register a domain and find a webhost. A webhost I suggest is WebHostingPad which has good uptime and fantastic support service as well as Softaculous in its CPanel which will be used to install the software listed.
The easiest way to install Wordpress to your website is to use Softaculous, an auto installer. Currently Softaculous has over 400 scripts which you can install on their website. 
Go to Softaculous, and install Wordpress.  
Go to your Wordpress site and install the following plugins:
WebLibrarian This is an open source software meaning it is free. If you have any issues go to their page and submit a support issue.
Book Review Library (optional) If you want to add the extra functionality of book reviews being available use this plugin.
I recommend the Bizworx them…

How to make a logo - for free!

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Have a website or a blog? Want to make personalised stationery? Want to make a good professional looking logo, for free? Or maybe your library needs a logo for a special event?

Here is a short list of my recommended web utilities that you can use to make your own awesome logo....for free!

🌟Hatchful by Spotify Highly recommended! A great site to make a series of logos which you can choose from. A free online tool by Spotify. Just choose which industry you are looking to make a logo in and other details like the name of the company and the tag line.

Logo Maker by Ucraft Easy to use, create a good looking logo. Save your logos by creating a free account. Download in PNG format for free or SVG file format for a small fee.
Canva Search for over 1,200 logo templates to personalise to your own taste, download in PNG, PDF, or JPEG format. Very easy to use.
HINT: Remember to do a Google Image search to check if there are any other logos that are similar to the one you make, just in case! Click t…

How to make a website (cheaply) - step by step instructions

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So you want to make a website? Not sure how to do it?

Here is a suggested step by step instruction on how to do it, cheaply without compromising on quality.

Register a Domain Name | Create a Website | Customise the Theme
Register a Domain Name 1. If you want, you can register a domain name. My suggestion is to go to Namecheap to register a domain.

Why choose Namecheap?
a) It costs very little to register and renew a domain name compared to other domain registrars.
b) It has free WhoisGuard Privacy Protection. This means your details aren't visible to everyone on the internet on Whois Database. This added protection is a usually paid feature in other domain registrars such as GoDaddy which will add to costs.
c) Don't forget to search for discount codes for Namecheap which will cut costs too.
d) NameCheap has free DNS which other domain registrars may not have.
Create a Website 2. Once you have it, go to Blogger.com. However, if you choose a webhost to host your website, I recomm…

Free Google Products

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Do you know there are a range of free Google products that have the potential to be useful in your Library, institution or on your personal website?

Here is a short list of some of them:

Google Custom Search Engine
Make your own custom search engine powered by Google.

Google Lens
A free app to download on your phone, you can take a photo of an item and ask Google Assistant what it is, e.g. take a photo of a bird and ask what type of bird it is. Can also be used to translate languages by taking a photo of of the writing.

My Maps (Google)
Create your own maps using Google Maps.

reCAPTCHA
Free service to protect your site using reCAPTCHA.

Embed Google Books
Embed Google Books on your website using this Preview Wizard.

YouTube Subscribe Button
Embed a YouTube Subscribe button anywhere on your website.

YouTube Player Demo
Embed a YouTube playlist, video, or channel to your website using this wizard.

How to Embed a Google Calendar to your Website
Step by step instructions on how to embed a Google …

Embed a QR Code reader on your website, plus using QR Codes for Self-checkout on mobile in libraries

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I recently had an idea for my Library for self-checkouts using the customer's mobile phone instead of a self-checkout machine, or PC and scanner.

The idea was that the customer will use their mobile phone to scan a QR Code on their mobile phone using either an app or one built into their browser, which will then open a link to a Form, either from Google or Office365. The QR Code will be situated on the side of the shelf or somewhere visible for the customer to easily see with steps on how to check-out the book.

The Form will have the required details necessary for borrowing, such as:
The customer's name and/or barcode.The title of the book.The book's barcode with an example of where the barcode is located and how it should look like. The form will then let the customer know that the form has been successfully submitted and an email will be sent to them with the due date once the loan enquiry has been processed, with how and where to return or renew the book before the due …