Understanding & Customizing Your Theme, at Lamont Library, Wednesday, March 18, 2015
The topic is themes! We discussed available themes on OpenScholar, learned some tips and tricks on how YOU can make small changes to your site theme and we reviewed a few custom themes developed by Harvard Web Publishing

Understanding Menus!, at Lamont Library, Wednesday, October 22, 2014
In this session, we will discuss Menus! Learn how to build both site-wide and section menus, with an emphasis on making your website navigation user-friendly.

Content Importing, at Lamont Library, Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Learn about the ability to import content into your OpenScholar site! Using the OpenScholar import functionality will allow you to add a large amount of different types of content (like events or publications) to your site without having to manually add each piece of content. This is especially helpful when you start to migrate content from your old site to your new OpenScholar site.

We will also discuss the plan for the next couple of platform releases and let you know what to expect.

Content Sharing, at Lamont Library, Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Come learn about the various features that allow you to share content across OpenScholar sites. This session will cover:
  • Subsites - what are they and when to use them
  • How to pull in content from a subsite to a main site
  • Enabling search across subsites
  • Embedding widgets from one site into another

Integrating Social Media and RSS into Your OpenScholar Site (July 2014), at Lamont Library, Wednesday, July 23, 2014
OpenScholar provides many ways to integrate social media into your website, as well as ways to aggregate content from other sites. During this session, we'll cover:
  • The numerous ways to feature social accounts on your OpenScholar site - what features to use, and when
  • What kind of website content is best suited for social sharing
  • Optimizing your content for social sharing
  • RSS feeds as another form of engagement — how to pull in content from other sites, and create feeds that visitors and other sites can subscribe to for updates

Epod Case Study & new features! (June 2014), at Lamont Library, Wednesday, June 25, 2014
The Evidence for Policy Design (Epod) group spoke to us about their site building experience using OpenScholar and how they creatively used display widgets to get the look and feel that the department desired.

We also reviewed the following new features:

  • Event sign-up functionality
  • The ability to now add captions to News photos
  • Bulk tagging of posts (taxonomy)

We also highlighted new bug fixes:

  • Video Thumbnails are blank in image gallery