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WordPress in School Libraries



Internet @ Schools West 2010 & Internet Librarian 2010 October 25, 2010, Monterey, CA. ...

Internet @ Schools West 2010 & Internet Librarian 2010 October 25, 2010, Monterey, CA.
Presented by Buffy J. Hamilton & Polly-Alida Farrington
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  • Open Source, Content MGMT System, Free Makes it easy to maintain a website or blog
  • Helps you organize all the information about your library and manage it easily Tool for creating & managing a website Web-based interface Contributors can focus on CONTENT! Update “look & feel” easily Flexible
  • Source code is open and available to modify You make changes, you share them Modify it & develop tools to enhance it! Other familiar open source software: Firefox Open Office
  • Community working together to create better software and help each other out.
  • Why WordPress? Lots of ways to create web sites – html, Dreamweaver, frontpage, express web, etc. WordPress is really just another option BUT with big advantages…
  • Lots and lots of users! Huge community. About 14 million at .com And 14 million independent installs
  • Very easy to do - Web based interface for writing and publishing your content. Not HTML experience needed – though it can’t hurt! Can do it from anywhere you have access to the web. No software to install on your computer.
  • Because it’s easy to do, your site will be more up to date and have more interesting content More visitors to the site Hopefully your web site will go from static and deserted to ….
  • Creates a friendly, attractive website that is easy for students, staff, parents to use.
  • We’ll quickly cover some basic blogging terms and look at some examples of blogs And then look at examples of some libraries are using blogging tools to create a complete website.
  • Anne Robinson – Dixie Grammar School – UK
  • Attractive custom graphics Double navigation bar http://thegrovelibrary.net/
  • http://stillwater.sals.edu/ This was done with wordpress too and looks more like a magazine than a blog.
  • http://tamworthlibrary.org/ Nice website – put together by Lichen Rancourt
  • Free hosted versions at: -- Wordpress.com -- Edublogs.org Limited themes, plugins Charge $15/year for access to CSS $15 a year to redirect your URL to the blog. Still this could be a great way to get started and to work with the ideas. Just don’t let the limits put you off the whole WordPress idea. When you’re ready, you can move to a self-hosted version.
  • Wordpress has a page of suggested hosting companies. http://wordpress.org/hosting/
  • Very easy to do - Web based interface for writing and publishing your content. Can do it from anywhere you have access to the web. No software to install on your computer.
  • With the click of a button, the look changes.
  • From the APPEARANCE panel -- Themes Browse through them. Click on the image to popup a preview and the ACTIVATE button
  • Boxes of content Lists of pages Lists of categories for news items Links to other resource And much more
  • Lots of prebuilt widgets Just drag and drop to the sidebar Click to open and change settings Some plugins will include new widgets – like the newgen gallery manager
  • Use the text widget to add content from other websites to the sidebar. Some familiar 3 rd party content includes: Librarything book feed, meebo chat widget, flickr photobadge and much more.
  • Plugins can add tools to help you administer your blog And add features to the public side of your blog Accessories!
  • Lists the plugins that are available on your install of WP Click on Activate to use them. Install and activate one at a time to test for possible conflicts.
  • http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/stats/ Need to sign up for an account with wordpress.com to activate this and Akismet Both were created by the wordpress folks and make use of resources on the .com server. You don’t need to blog on wordpress.com, you just need the account Getting stats to load can be VERY slow sometimes. For stats – you might also want to try google analytics – more detail.
  • Requires API code from wordpress.com http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/akismet/ More on essential Plugins later!
  • http://johnmiedema.ca/portfolio/openbook-wordpress-plugin/ Simply add code to your page/post with the ISBN of a book in it. [openbook booknumber="184195828X"] Book cover will appear
  • WP Contact Form http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wp-contact-form/ Just one of many form plugins CformsII – has tons of options, but is a bit more complicated to set up. http://www.deliciousdays.com/cforms-plugin
  • That goes for plugins & themes too
  • http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/mobilepress/
  • Mick Jacobsen – Skokie IL PL Main site is NOT WP
  • Mick Jacobsen of Skokie PL, Illinois is writing a section for the LTR Separate sites for each topic. Each blog has it’s own look and feel Contributors have access to their blogs Found it very easy to add content, images, videos. Top menu bar takes users back to the main library website There a sense of fragmentation at this point. With changes in wordpress, the whole site could now be brought together under WP, instead of having a main stie and a bunch of blogs. Suggests that the blog content in separate WP MU sites could be reintegrated into one site with CATEGORIES to distinguish the content.

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