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Overview of a few Content Management Systems and how they can be used in libraries.

Overview of a few Content Management Systems and how they can be used in libraries.
Final Project presentation for MLIS 7505 at Valdosta State University.

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    • Content Management Systems in Libraries Chris Nylund MLIS 7505
    • What is a Content Management System?
      • A Content Management Systems (CMS) are software packages that assist in the creation of web sites.
        • Separate the content of the website from the look of the website.
    • Advantages of using a CMS over manual web page creation
      • Reduced cost
      • Lower technical barriers
      • Greater automation
      • Ease of use
    • Save! Save! Save!
      • Several Open Source CMS are available for free use
        • Significantly cheaper than keeping a web administrator on staff
          • Still costs associated with hosting the website but the savings is still considerable
          • A web designer can still be brought in initially but does to need to remain for maintenance.
    • Custom Web Design
      • Extensive knowledge of html code and web design is not necessary with a CMS
        • Because it’s open source, a skilled designer can tweak the CMS to meet specific needs but it is not required.
      • Nearly anyone can use a CMS to design a website.
        • Smaller library systems can create their own websites
    • Updates
      • Updates can occur without the need for a system administrator
        • A normal html page requires a manual update and can be time consuming
        • Plug-ins and RSS feeds update in real time
    • Maintenance
      • As easy as updating the content file in a database and the website will immediately reflect its change
      • Keeps consistency between pages
      • Can be as simple or complex as the user desires
    • Disadvantages
      • If the basic CMS package is followed, the website will end up looking generic
        • Branding is very important for libraries and this could be counterproductive
      • Learning Curve
        • Varies by CMS but time and effort is required for all of them
        • Automatic Updates/RSS feeds
        • While this is more efficient, it could create problems since the content is not edited or approved first
    • Joomla
      • Newsfeed/Syndication Management
      • Polls
      • Search functions
      • Multimedia Management
      • Over five thousand extensions
        • Security, communication, calendars
    • Joomla Example: DISCUS
      • Online virtual library provided by the State Library of South Carolina
        • Provides access to a variety of reference databases, magazines and newspapers
        • Portal: Users can simultaneously search dozens of databases
    • WordPress
      • Provides many of the same functions as Joomla.
        • Has nearly ten thousand plug-ins available to increase functionality
        • A skilled web designer can repurpose the software ( NY Times website)
      • Main focus/strength: Blogging
    • WordPress (cont’d)
      • Very easy to create a generic, blog-focused website.
        • A great deal of technical expertise is required to customize the website
    • Drupal
      • More than software--it is a project and a community
      • Can manage wikis, blogs and forums from the main website
      • Steep learning curve
    • Libraries that use Drupal
      • Roster
      • Forum to facilitate the exchange of ideas and support
      • How-tos
      • Modules
      • Presentations
      • Service Providers
      • Snippets
      • Websites
      • Blogs
    • Viking Village and Western Washington University
      • Created by Andrea Peterson, Head of Library IT at WWU
      • Viking Village
        • Create and post profiles and forums
        • Polls
        • Video posts
        • Blogs
    • CMS: What to do?
      • Every library has different needs with different resources
      • No CMS is the same
      • It will take time and effort but the end result is worth it