Using WordPress as a Library Content Management System (Library Technology Reports)

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Evergreen is an ILS for large systems and consortia. However, there are dozens of library-centric programs, designed to handle everything from patron management to interlibrary loan. In other cases, the library community is extending and adapting software that already exists rather than writing new programs from the ground up. Drupal for Libraries , Joomla for Libraries , Plinkit based on Plone and Scriblio based on WordPress are four sites with more information on the ways that open-source software is being adapted for use in libraries. Rather than overwhelm you with a thousand choices, this site lists roughly 60 popular programs that run on Windows and breaks them down into categories.

For a more comprehensive list, see the OSSwin Project.

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And if you want to talk to a colleague about his or her experience with gaming events, the Wiki provides contact information for libraries of all sizes. Gaming the Way to Literacy tells the story of a poor, rural library in South Carolina using gaming to engage youth and promote reading.

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Intermediate resources: ALA now has a Games and Gaming Wiki with a strong bibliography, good advice on advocating for your gaming program and lots more. Also, Eli Neiburger, who manages the highly successful gaming program at Ann Arbor Public Library, has written a book about gaming tournaments. Finally, the library gaming listserv is a great place to ask specific questions. Gaming blogs: There are too many blogs covering this topic to mention them all, but Game On and The Shifted Librarian are especially strong on library gaming.

ALA also has some great postings at their Gaming News site.

Five Weeks to a Social Library The first free, grassroots, completely online course devoted to teaching librarians about social software and how to use it in their libraries. It was developed to provide a free, comprehensive and social online learning opportunity for librarians who do not otherwise have access to conferences or continuing education and who would benefit greatly from learning about social software. Library 2. Casey and Laura Savastinuk. Casey and Laura C. Savastinuk, Library Journal , This article brought the concepts of Web 2.

OPAL: Online Programming for All Libraries is a collaborative effort by libraries of all types to provide free Web-based programs and training for library users and library staff members.

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The guest sections include an excellent article on utilizing WP to enhance the user experience by Aaron Schmidt and Amanda Etches-Johnson. I think any movements to increase usage of WordPress in libraries is good from both a user experience perspective and a cost perspective. It would be interesting, however, to see a blog post or article about use cases that are NOT ideally suited for WordPress, if there are any in the library context. Not listed below? In the "Getting Started" workshop we'll cover: How WordPress helps you organize your library information.

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Setting up an easy to update page for library news. Changing the look of your library's WordPress based site through the use of themes. Options for letting your library's customers leave comments on your site. Incorporating content from blogs, flickr and other services. Adding media content to your pages.

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