Monday, June 28, 2010

Faceted Catalog Searches

I'm adding/editing faceted Catalog searches in the Subject Guides. Thanks to Summer Greenville for helping construct the searches!

Recommended Websites Update

I've added all the Vocabularies to the Recommended Websites taxonomy terms so the category and subcategory show up on the subcategory pages. Sound confusing? I know, I just can't think of a better way to explain it.

I've also added all the tabbed menus to the Subject Guide subcategories. Yay!

Now we just have to finish the data entry. We have 1600+ entries, but I think there are 4500+ total to be entered. Sigh.

Friday, June 18, 2010

And They're Off!!

Data entry has officially started on Recommended Websites. This is quite a large task and I'm grateful for the awesome librarians helping me out.

I've created all the Taxonomy and Menus for the Subject Guides, I believe, but I'm still assigning tabbed menus to the subcategory pages.

An interesting aside, according to my timeline, as of June 15 we've been working on this website for two years. Make it stop!!

Monday, June 7, 2010

Fun with Recommended Websites

So yesterday I was entering categories from our Web Picks into Drupal's taxonomy and noticed that Vocabularies with heirarchical values don't display child terms in the Taxonomy Navigator module. Seriously folks...

Anyways, that is a deal-breaker for me so we are not using Taxonomy Navigator. Instead we are doing the following:

  1. Create Vocabularies for Recommended Websites categories

  2. Hand-make menus for categories containing subcategories (there are quite a few of these)

  3. Theme the menus if necessary

  4. Add the menus to their corresponding pages

  5. Add Subject Guide Tabs to corresponding pages

  6. Go over all Subject Guides and cross-reference as necessary

  7. Configure Recommended Websites View to display page title as "Vocabulary: Term: SubCategory


Friday, June 4, 2010

Setting Up Recommended Websites Categories

Thanks to Acquia support, I'm using URL Aliases to link Taxonomy Navigation in my Subject Guides for Recommended Websites subcategories.

For any Web Picks category that has subcategories, do the following:

  1. Create a vocabulary in taxonomy for that category and populate it with subcategories

  2. In blocks, assign the taxonomy navigation block for that vocabulary to the page View for the Recommended Websites category. Put the block in the Content Nav region.

  3. In URL Aliases, Create new aliases for each taxonomy term in the vocabulary.

    • Existing system path is the Page view URL (ie: research/by-subject/websites/386)

    • Path alias is the Taxonomy term URL (ie: taxonomy/term/386)

  4. In Blocks, add the Subject Guide tabbed menu to the subcategory pages

I think that's it.