Beautiful and Cheap Websites and Tools for Low-Tech Libraries


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No money? No tech savvy? No problem! There are lots of great tools out there with minor learning curves to bring your library into the 21st century.

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Beautiful and Cheap Websites and Tools for Low-Tech Libraries

  1. 1. Veronica Reynolds of New City Library<br />And <br />Robert Keith of New Jersey State Library Present:<br />Beautiful (and Cheap) Websites and Tools for Low-Tech Libraries<br />
  2. 2. Websites<br />
  3. 3. Website Cost<br /><ul><li> Both options are inexpensive.
  4. 4. All websites will have two fees
  5. 5. Domain Name
  6. 6. A yearly fee is expected to maintain your domain name. Fees vary depending on the desirability starting as low as $7 a year.
  7. 7. Hosting
  8. 8. Most companies offer a cheaper plan if a larger time block is purchased. Most libraries require only the smallest amount of space offered. $4 to $7 a month. </li></li></ul><li>Biggest Web Expense?<br />Hiring a professional! <br />If you have a large or specialized library, you may have to hire a professional designer or company to create and maintain your website.<br />This is where CMS can save you money and increase your skill set. <br />
  9. 9. Quick and Clean with CMS<br /><ul><li> CMS stands for Content Management System. It allows for people with no previous knowledge of programming to put together a simple, clean website.
  10. 10. There are two ways to do a CMS website with minimal outside help.
  11. 11. Use a company like Squarespace.
  12. 12. Install a CMS like Wordpress on your domain using Fantastico.</li></li></ul><li>
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  21. 21. Wordpress<br />Steps to a Wordpress Site <br />Choose and Purchase a Domain name. <br /> Find a Webhost (this can be the same as the place you purchased your domain name as many companies do both) <br />Login to your dashboard. <br />Locate the Fantastico button <br />Click to install Wordpress<br />You will be asked to choose an Admin name and password make sure they are both memorable and secure. Document them well and give them to several responsible people. <br />Explore your Wordpress Site! <br />
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  23. 23. Manage Themes<br />
  24. 24. Wordpress Dashboard<br />
  25. 25. Libraries with Wordpress Sites<br /><ul><li>Monroe County Public Library ( )
  26. 26. Cranbury Public Library ( )
  27. 27. Troy Public Library
  28. 28. ( )</li></ul> These sites all have: <br /> -information the public wants (phone number, hours, upcoming <br /> programs and catalog) <br /> -clean and simple look <br />
  29. 29. Let’s Talk Tools<br />
  30. 30. Repurpose <br />Repurposing technology can save time and money. Envious of elegant flat screen televisions that show slides for events? <br /> Digital photo frames are far <br /> cheaper and can be place <br /> anywhere. <br />
  31. 31. Before Photo Frame<br />
  32. 32. After Photo Frame<br />
  33. 33. Sample Slide Made in Powerpoint<br />
  34. 34. Repurpose Online<br />Considering purchasing a texting service? Try it for free with Meebo!<br />
  35. 35. Meebo Questions<br />A notification lights up at the bottom of the computer to let us know when there’s a question.<br />
  36. 36. Google Docs<br />Google Docs are AMAZING for libraries. It allows people to create and share documents, spreadsheets and presentations all online. <br /> Best part? <br /> Totally free.<br /><br />
  37. 37. Google Docs for Reference Trends<br />Create a new form in Docs and it automatically generates a spreadsheet with the answers. <br />
  38. 38. Google Docs for Reference Trends<br />
  39. 39. Photo Editing <br /><ul><li>Photoshop can be expensive and hard to learn, but that shouldn’t stop anyone from making great signs.
  40. 40. Office 2007 offers great picture tools that crop, recolor and adds frames.
  41. 41. Sites like offer simple photo editing tools for free.
  42. 42. If you’re feeling adventurous GIMP is an open source version of Photoshop with many of the same features.
  43. 43. For signs, check out free fonts from sites like</li></li></ul><li>Podcasting<br /><ul><li>Needed
  44. 44. A headset with microphone ($10-$30)
  45. 45. Audacity (free)</li></ul>Most CMS Sites have an easy uploader for music files.<br />
  46. 46. Movie Magic<br />Ingredients for a Video Birthday Card: <br />-Sony Camcorder (retails $200 on average) <br />-Windows Movie Maker or iMovie (free with Windows and Mac respectively <br />-Participants (time investment)<br />-Online Video Account with YouTube, Vimeo or similar (free)<br />
  47. 47. A Taste of the Film<br />
  48. 48. Questions?<br />A copy of this slideshow will be available <br />on another great and free resource Slideshare.<br /> The link is:<br />