WordPress in School Libraries


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Internet @ Schools West 2010 & Internet Librarian 2010 October 25, 2010, Monterey, CA.
Presented by Buffy J. Hamilton & Polly-Alida Farrington
http://www.pafa.net/ and www.theunquietlibrarian.wikispaces.com

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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
  • 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:
    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://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.
  • 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 3rd 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
  • 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
    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.
  • 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.
  • WordPress in School Libraries

    1. 1. WordPress in Libraries Internet@Schools West Buffy J. Hamilton Polly-Alida Farrington
    2. 2. “…having a web presence, no– that having a really good and really useful web presence–is [no longer] optional. Joyce Valenza, “Things I think teacher librarians should unlearn (20 & counting)”, August 24th, 2010
    3. 3. “The new blog format is much more interactive” Prianka Ghoshal, Westlake High student, Austin Texas http://www.flickr.com/photos/tinavega/3353051874/
    4. 4. http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3036/2913018697_ccbb33e993_b.jpg What is WordPress?
    5. 5. Content Management System http://www.flickr.com/photos/atibens/4578260998/
    6. 6. Open Source is Unlocked www.flickr.com/photos/subcircle/500995147/
    7. 7. Open Source is Community www.flickr.com/photos/thomashawk/170691672
    8. 8. flickr.com/photos/cyberslayer/952121271/ Many Ways to Build a Web Site Why WordPress??
    9. 9. Web Based Admin update from anywhere
    10. 10. Spread the Work Around
    11. 11. Easy to add external content
    12. 12. Creativity & Freedom www.flickr.com/photos/nattu/895220635/
    13. 13. Before WordPress www.flickr.com/photos/24842486@N07/4375175725/
    14. 14. After WordPress www.flickr.com/photos/glaciertim/4380929192/
    15. 15. WordPress in Libraries Examples http://www.flickr.com/photos/dawvon/3414373319/
    16. 16. http://library-online.org.uk/
    17. 17. How do we get WordPress?
    18. 18. WordPress.com EduBlogs.org • Free! • Easy! • But a bit limited
    19. 19. Commercial Services • Around $10/month • Easy install • Tech support • Unlimited possibilities! For more hosts: http://wordpress.org/hosting/
    20. 20. Self Hosting In House • Cost of server • Maintenance • IT support • Unlimited possibilities
    21. 21. Technical Requirements • Current WordPress Version 3.0.1 • PHP version 4.3 or greater * • MySQL version 4.1.2 or greater • Linux & Apache * Might find some plugins require more recent version of PHP.
    22. 22. WordPress.com
    23. 23. Ways to Use a Wordpress Blog for a School Library • Announcements and celebrations • Showcase collaborative projects with teachers and students • Positive publicity for library events and learning experiences in the library • Space for inviting participation
    24. 24. Ways to Use a Wordpress Blog for a School Library • Students and teachers can create blog posts • Showcase library created videos or other educational videos from YouTube • Integrate book widgets • Integrate RSS feeds of interest to students • Integrate your other library program social media stream
    25. 25. Advantages • Free • No special technical knowledge required • Themes provide a professional appearance with minimal effort • Easy to embed many kinds of HMTL code as sidebar widgets and/or into blog posts • Excellent spam filter
    26. 26. Disadvantages • Ads • Themes limited in options for customization • Can’t add plug-ins • Can’t embed javascript widgets
    27. 27. Live demo!!
    28. 28. Getting Started
    29. 29. Writing a WordPress Post
    30. 30. Themes
    31. 31. Sidebar Widgets
    32. 32. Widgets on Sidebar
    33. 33. Appearance  Widgets
    34. 34. Text Widget & 3rd Party Content
    35. 35. Manage Comments
    36. 36. Can WordPress do…??? There’s a PLUGIN for that!
    37. 37. Plugins add functionality & features
    38. 38. Plugins Page
    39. 39. WordPress.com Stats • Requires API code from wordpress.com http://wordpress.org/extend /plugins/stats/
    40. 40. Akismet • Requires API code from wordpress.com • http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/akismet/
    41. 41. Simple Viewer Gallery wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wp-simpleviewer/
    42. 42. OpenBook Book Data johnmiedema.ca/portfolio/openbook-wordpress-plugin/
    43. 43. WP Contact Form Plugin http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wp-contact-form/
    44. 44. Add <!--contact form--> to a page
    45. 45. The Events Calendar http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/the-events-calendar/
    46. 46. Keep it Safe http://www.flickr.com/photos/maistora/3237164755
    47. 47. Don’t leave the door unlocked Run the latest version
    48. 48. Back it up! 1. Backup your database: – Via web host control panel – Or wp-db-backup plugin (wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wp-db-backup/) 2. FTP to server and copy: • wp-content/themes • wp-content/plugins • wp-content/uploads (images, files, etc.)
    49. 49. WordPress on the go
    50. 50. http://www.flickr.com/photos/purplelime/1569139115/ WordPress App
    51. 51. MobilePress • Detects mobile device • Displays mobile version of page http://wordpress.org/extend/plug ins/mobilepress/
    52. 52. MobilePress
    53. 53. What else can we do with WP?
    54. 54. Set up a network of sites with WordPress MultiSite
    55. 55. Learning Mgmt System
    56. 56. BuddyPress buddypress.org
    57. 57. … features – similar to Facebook, Twitter, etc – will probably seem familiar to many. My philosophy of teaching includes instilling in my students a sense of exploration and play. And dealing with change. The Buddypress site is an extension of that. In my email to my classes as school starts, I asked them to configure their blogs, get an RSS aggregator and explore the site. Explore is the keyword. Dr. Michael Stephens on his BuddyPress enabled course
    58. 58. Selected WP Books (There are tons more great ones!) • Digging into WordPress by Jeff Starr & Chris Coyier (digwp.com) • Beginning WordPress 3 by Stephanie Leary • Smashing WordPress by Thord Hedengren
    59. 59. More Help! • WordPress Codex - http://codex.wordpress.org/ • WordPress Forums - http://wordpress.org/support/ • WordPress FAQ’s - http://codex.wordpress.org/FAQ • New to WordPress? –tips http://codex.wordpress.org/FAQ_New_To _WordPress
    60. 60. Thank you! http://lib20.pbworks.com