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Preparing materials for the web

Photos and video

Whether you need a headshot, have a design sketch that needs to be digitized, or want to shoot video of a monologue, LITS has equipment you can borrow and multimedia editing software you can use to accomplish these tasks. 

Scanners - Flatbed scanners are available in the Information Commons on Library level 4 and in the Mediated Educational Workspace (MEWS) on Dwight Hall level 1.  

Cameras - Digital still and video cameras (as well as tripods, light kits, microphones, external hard drives, etc.) may be borrowed from LITS' Media Services using the Media Equipment Reservation Form.  Reservations need to be made at least 3 days in advance of when the equipment is needed, and all loans are for a 3 day period.

PhotoShop - This still image editing software is available on all public and lab computers on campus. Its Save for Web feature (File > Export > Save for Web) is particularly useful for resizing the dimensions of an image/making sure you save it in a format that can be used on the web (i.e., .jpeg, .png, .gif).

iMovie - Video editing software available on all public and lab Macs on campus.

Text

For your resume or CV, artist's statement, and any other extensive text you wish to include in your ePortfolio, it's best not to copy and paste into WordPress - or any other web editor - directly from Microsoft Word. Microsoft Word uses underlying code that sometimes clashes with the HTML code used by web editors, causing your pasted text's formatting to get distorted.  Paste it into a plain text editor first and left justify everything. From there you can copy and paste it into the web editor and add any formatting (indents, italics, bold, etc) as needed.

TextEdit (if you're a Mac user) or NotePad (if you're a PC user) - Come with all Macs and PCs. In TextEdit, in the menu, click on TextEdit > Preferences and make sure Format is set to "Plain text" before you open a new document. 

File storage

As you're working on preparing your images, video, and text for your ePortfolio, you'll need a place to store it.

Google Drive - You have access to this as part of MHC's Google Apps for Education. There is no space limit.

YouTube - Also part of MHC's Google Apps for Education. If you'll be using any video, upload it to YouTube. From there it can be embedded in WordPress or whatever web service you choose to use for your ePortfolio.

Building your ePortfolio

Examples of professional theater portfolios

Writing for the Web

Writing for a web site is bit different than writing a paper for a class.  It's best to be concise, use active language, and consider that you'll have a broader audience than you might usually expect from the academic environment at MHC. A useful resource for adapting your writing:

WordPress at Mount Holyoke

folio.mtholyoke.edu - folio.mtholyoke.edu is Mount Holyoke's WordPress server for ePortfolios.  It is supported by LITS, free to you, there are no ads, and you can log in using your MHC username and password.  All themes available are accessible and responsive.

Other web site builder services

You may choose to use another web site service (e.g., Squarespace, Wix, Weebly, etc.) to build your ePortfolio, but keep in mind that LITS can't help you with that service if you get stuck.  Some things to consider when selecting a web site service:

  • Cost - Some services may allow you to create a site for free, but with ads. Paid plans often eliminate the ads and can provide you with other options, like the ability to create your own domain name.
  • Ease of use
  • User support - How responsive/good is it?
  • Features - Does it have the templates and tools you need?
  • Portability - Does it have an export function so, when you eventually want to move your web site to another service, you can do so easily?

Further reading about choosing a web builder service (this is just a sampling - search Google for more):

Getting Help

MEWS Video Consultants offer drop-in help during staffed hours. They can help you with scanning, image and video editing, and using WordPress.

Online instructions for using WordPress at MHC are available on the folio home page. For students taking the Theatre 299 Career Preparation Seminar, these WordPress Instructions will help you modify the basic site that has been built for you.

Information Commons Help Desk offers walk-in support help with scanning, Photoshop, and WordPress.

lynda.com is a library of video tutorials free to MHC community members. See the LITS website Develop Tech Skills page's Online training section for instructions on how to log into lynda. Includes tutorials on WordPress and Photoshop among many other programs.

Contact Mary Stettner, LITS Liaison to Theatre Arts.

Springshare's information on Accessibility in Libguides - - MHC Accessibility Barriers Form