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Look Your Best: Introducing Custom Navigation for Your Libris Portal

Look Your Best: Introducing Custom Navigation for Your Libris Portal

Your Libris Portal is designed to make it easy for your stakeholders to browse and search your visual media library so they can find exactly what they need in a snap.

But what if you could change your Portal’s navigation? Hide items from the navbar, add a link to your website and social media, or link to a featured gallery?

What if you could make it even easier for your users to find what they need?

Now, you can!

Introducing custom navigation for your Libris Portal! Now, you can customize your top navbar to fit the needs of your team and your stakeholders. (Check out the full help article for step-by-step instructions.)

This new feature comes on the heels of the ability to add your logo and colors and our refreshed Portal experience, which lets you turn off functions like Lightboxes and improves the look and feel of the Portal. It gives you more control over your Portal, and opens the door to endless possibilities. Let’s take a look at 5 ways your team can use custom navigation to improve the user experience for your stakeholders.

5 Ways to Use Custom Navigation

1. Link to Your Brand’s Website

Add a custom link to your main website so Portal users can navigate easily between your visual media library and your official brand website.

Add a link to your brand's official website in the top navbar.

Add a link to your brand’s official website in the top navbar.

You may also want to add a link to your blog or your social media channels. With this new feature, it’s easy to add and remove custom links in the navbar, so you can test out what works for your users.

Pro Tip: Build custom links and use Google Analytics to track traffic from your media library to your main website or your blog.

2 – Create Featured Galleries

Create a featured public gallery to highlight photos and videos while they’re trending. Featured galleries allow you to steer your stakeholders to the right content immediately. They can find the gallery they need in the top navbar, rather than having to browse through the library structure.

Sports teams can use featured galleries to share game highlights right after the buzzer. Just create a navbar custom link called, “Tonight’s Game,” and link to a publicly visible gallery of selects.

Universities can use featured galleries to steer users toward move-in photos on move-in day. Destination marketing organizations can direct users to event photos while travelers still have time to join in the fun. Nonprofits can highlight photos and videos to go with their current fundraising campaigns.

No matter your industry, your stakeholders will love using featured galleries to find photos and videos of a newsworthy event immediately.

Pro Tip: Speed up your workflow by creating hidden custom links before your big event. Once your photos and videos have been uploaded to your Libris account, all you have to do is drag the hidden link over to the “Visible Nav Items” column.

Drag a hidden navbar item over to make it visible on your Portal in seconds.

Drag a hidden navbar item over to make it visible on your Portal in seconds.

Pairing this trick with a real-time image workflow, like the Purdue Athletics in-game workflow, will help your stakeholders get content in a flash.

3. Link to a Custom Contact Form

Hide the existing Contact system link and create a custom contact form to fit your team.

Build a form on your platform of choice and ask for whatever information you need from stakeholders. For example, you may just need their name and email so you can make them an Invited User, or you may want to ask for more information about why they want to use your images.

Then, add a new “Contact” custom link (just like we did in the last two sections) directing users to the new custom form.

Link to a contact page that works for your team.

Link to a contact page that works for your team.

Pro Tip: You will be able to hide, but not delete, the existing Contact link because it’s a Libris system link. You can always go back to the original contact form.

4. Build a Gallery of Help Documents

Create a gallery of helpful materials so your visitors can easily navigate your Portal (and follow your team’s rules and guidelines) from the first time they visit. Just add PDF help documents and any useful videos or screenshots to a public gallery, then add a custom link to the gallery in the navbar.

Link to a gallery of helpful materials.

Link to a gallery of helpful materials.

You can also create a page on your main website that outlines how to use the Portal and your usage rights policies, like Visit Greenland.

Pro Tip: In your gallery of helpful materials, be sure to include your metadata policy so stakeholders know which search terms are most important and relevant.

5. Invite People to Sign Up for Your Newsletter

Add a link to your newsletter sign up form to capture email addresses of visitors engaging with your public Portal. Add a navbar custom link called “Newsletter,” and link to your email marketing service’s signup page.

Pro Tip: Keep your Portal open in a separate window while you’re working on the Portal Navigation page. Refresh the other window to see the changes live on your Portal as you go.

Keep your Portal open in a separate window so you can see changes as you go.

Keep your Portal open in a separate window so you can see changes as you go.

How Will You Use Custom Navigation?

We can’t wait to see how your team uses custom navigation! Head into your Libris account to try it out, and keep us posted on how you’re making it work for your team!

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