Creating Libraries

Overview

Libraries are essentially a collection of events that live on one page. Much like an event itself, a library also has theming capabilities and can contain custom content blocks. However, you are not required to include any events or additional content to create a library page.

Once you have developed a number of events, you can organize them on your library pages and target them to your audiences, much like you would with an Event or a Course.

To create a new library, click on the main menu button web-menu.svg in the upper left corner of the screen, then click Libraries. This will take you to your list of libraries.

Click the orange Create Library button on the top right hand of the screen. Start by giving the library a name. Don’t worry, this can be changed later.

Click Get Started to begin adding events and content to your library page.

Library Details and Settings

Let’s start with what you see first. To the very top-left is the name you just gave your library and the URL in which your library page will live. You can edit both of these at any time. However, if you change the URL to one that is invalid, you will not be able to save this change.

Settings

The Settings page provides a variety of options for you to configure your library.

Hide Library Title - Toggle this on to hide the title of the library that appears at the top of the page.

SEO Description - Search Engine Optimization description is a snippet of characters that summarizes a page's content. This description will appear if your library shows up in search engines. However, you must enable the following option (“Make Public”) in order for the library to show up in search results. Tip: It’s best for this description to be short, descriptive, and concise.

Make Public or Private - Public libraries are indexed by search engines. Private libraries are hidden from search engine results.

Set a Passcode - Setting a passcode will block your library page from everyone except for those who have the passcode. To create a passcode, simply enter a passcode in the box. Note: you must communicate this password to your audiences. Learn how to Message an Audience.

Require Profile Sign-in - If Require Profile Sign-in is activated, users will have to sign in with their Brandlive profile to view the library. If activated, you can then select which audiences you would like to share this library with.

Saving the Library - Be sure to click the Save Library button to save any changes you make to this page. This action will also take you back to all the libraries that have been created on the account.

Theming Your Library

Much like events, the visual library editor is designed to emulate the appearance of the library page. This means, wherever you add content to the page is where you will see that content on the actual library page.

At the top of the new library page, is a place to add your own personalized branding.

Logo - The logo you provided your Customer Success Manager (during your onboarding session) will be at the top left of your new library page. If you’d like to change this logo, hover over the image and click the pencil icon that appears. Select a logo of your choice from your local computer.  Logos should be 180 pixels tall and no wider than 1300px and in .png format.

Background Image - select an image that best represents your library. To do this, click the blue Background Image text.  Background images should be approximately 2000 x 1200 pixels and in .jpg format.

Adding Content

Upcoming or a Prerecorded Video

With libraries, you can choose between showing your next upcoming event, or a pre-recorded video in the top left tile on the screen - similar to where the video appears on an event page.

Upcoming (default option) - The latest upcoming event will appear if Upcoming is activated. For this feature to work, you must add the upcoming event in the Events in this Library section below.

Pre-recorded - When choosing this option, click Select Video to show a window where you can choose from a prerecorded video, upload a new video, or enter a video embed code. This is similar to adding pre-recorded video to an event.

Add Image Links

Image links provide you a simple and image rich way to add links to your library for your audience to click through.  Each image link consists of a title, a URL, and an image.  Images should be uploaded as .jpgs when possible, and be 1200 x 990 pixels.  Images will be automatically cropped to show the center of the image if they are uploaded in different dimensions.  

Add Events

In addition to showcasing an upcoming event or pre-recorded video, the bulk of events are added to the library in the “Events in this library” section. This section emulates what will be shown on the actual library page, meaning how you see it here is how the user will see it.   The thumbnail for each Event will be pulled from the "Event Thumbnail" image entered in the Settings tab of the Event creation process.

Add Events - Select this box to add upcoming and past events to the library page. As you add events to the library, you can rearrange them by dragging them into your favored order.

Sort Events - This option allows you to display the events alphabetically by title or chronologically by broadcast date.

Reorder Events - Drag and drop each event in the order in which you'd like it to appear. The order is also indicated by the number located on the top left of each event box.

Creating Library Tags

Tags can be created and associated with events in each library. This allows viewers to filter the events on the page by the tags you create. Note: tags do not carry over from library to library, but instead stay contained to the library in which it is created.

Select Create Tags. A popover will appear where you can enter a tag (usually a keyword or phrase). Click the blue + button to add the tag. You can create as many as you’d like.

After you've created one or more tags in a library, a Select Tag button will appear on each event in your library.

Click the Select Tags button to assign one or more tags to an event through the drop down.

After assigning tags to events, you can see which events are assigned to each tag by using the Highlight Tagged Events button. By selecting this button, it will give you a drop down of all the tags created. Simply select a tag and the corresponding event will highlight.

A “Filter Events” button will now appear on the library page, above the right corner of your events. Your audience can now filter events based on the tags you've assigned.

When you’re done configuring your library page, be sure to save your work by clicking the Save Library button in the upper right.

Add Courses

If you use Brandlive Courses, you can add them to a library page here.   Adding, sorting, and reordering is done the same as it is for Events.  The thumbnail for each Course will be pulled from the thumbnail you entered in the settings tab when creating your Course.

Add Additional Content

There are three places to add free-form content like text, an image banner, or even HTML to your Library page.  Image banners should be no more than 1000px wide.

Tip: To add in special HTML code, select the additional content box you wish to add it to. Once in the Additional Content pop-up window, select the Source Code button located to the far right.

 

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