A Matter of Convention

As a bulletin editor, you visit Art & Media Portal on a regular basis for much of your content. To help make navigating Portal easier, here are a few tips to keep in mind:

1) Sunday Search: The Sunday Search is the first screen you see after you log in, and shows all the content specifically assigned for that Sunday, organized by media type:

Clip art (Father Flood, Scripture illustrations, word art, seasonal imagery, etc.)
Text-reflection (Cycles of Faith and Bright Ideas text files)
Scripture verse (Scripture verses formatted as text and tiff )
Text-Scripture readings (weekly chart of readings)
Children’s – Grades K-1 (Growing with the Gospel files)
Children’s – Grades 2-3 (Growing with the Gospel files)
Question & Answer (En Theos)
Non-LPi owned content (content from the USCCB, Catholic Relief Services, Parish Publishing, etc.)

Keep in mind that the amount of content available for a given week varies, so there may be more than one page of results; the top or bottom right of the screen will display whether there are additional pages.

2) Advanced Search: So you found the perfect cover for your bulletin, but Portal doesn’t know that your parish is partnering with a local senior center for an upcoming casino trip—an Advanced Search for keyword “casino” solves the problem. Or maybe the cover options for this week weren’t exactly what you were looking for—an Advanced Search for Media Type “Cover” and keyword “33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time” will show you past cover options LPi has offered (but don’t forget to check the “C” in the Liturgical Cycle box so that the cover art and Scripture match the readings for this year.

3) Lectionary Naming Convention: So what’s the random string of letters and numbers at the beginning of filenames? They’re actually not random, but part of a naming system for easier identification. For example,  an upcoming Sunday Search shows this file: C162ChKing_lg_sp_4c.tif. From the filename alone, one can see that this is a four-color tiff with Spanish text from the readings for Christ the King in Cycle C. As it turns out, it’s a beautiful bulletin cover:

So typing the Lectionary prefix C162 (Cycle C, Lectionary entry #162) in the Keyword field from any screen will bring up all results with C162 in the filename—a shortcut way of going to Advanced Search and searching for keyword “Our Lord Jesus Christ the King” with the Liturgical Cycle “C” box checked (and a convenient way to bring up just files related to the Scripture for a given week).

4) I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For: Finally, and most importantly, Art & Media Portal was created with you, the publication editor, in mind; we strive to provide content that is relevant to your community, and we are continually adding to our collection. We do our best to anticipate your needs when we prepare content, but the fact is, we rely on your suggestions and requests to improve our collection and to make sure we continue to meet your needs. So don’t be a stranger! Contact us here, or post a comment to this blog, and let us know what you want to see on Art & Media Portal!

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