Authors Kyle M.L. Jones and Polly-Alida Farrington, along with several librarian contributors, deliver a richly illustrated, practical guide for using WordPress as a tool for managing digital content, from basic set-up to customization with plugins.
Explores the variety of ways libraries are implementing WordPress as a CMS, from simple "out-of-the-box" websites to large sites with many custom features. Emphasizing a library-specific perspective, the authors analyze the software's strengths and weaknesses, spotlighting its advantages over other existing web publishing platforms as well as discussing the limitations libraries have encountered. This useful book shows how scores of libraries have used WordPress to create library websites that are both user friendly and easy to maintain.
WordPress is free software that allows you to build a website with no coding experience required-- but you supply the work that makes the site great. Goodman introduces you to building a website that will achieve your library's goals and objectives.
As the global information economy grows, librarians who are able to retool and transfer their skills are finding themselves increasingly in demand. Here, Rachel Singer Gordon explains the dynamics of the shifting market for information-based work, reveals a range of nontraditional employment opportunities for librarians, and encourages info pros to utilize their skills in new and exciting ways. Mixing practical advice with real-life stories of librarians working in various fields, Gordon provides a wealth of useful ideas and resources for info pros rethinking their career paths. Whether youre a recent library school grad facing a tight job market, a working librarian seeking improved work/life balance, or an info pro with an entrepreneurial streak, Whats the Alternative? will help you explore your options and maximize your career potential.
Web scale discovery services are a tool with major potential to transform the nature of library systems. These services are capable of searching quickly and seamlessly across a vast range of local and remote content and providing relevancy-ranked results in the type of intuitive interface that today s information seekers expect. This report describes in detail the content, interface, and functionality of web scale discovery services developed by four major library vendors: OCLC, Serials Solutions, Ebsco, and Ex Libris. Each of these services is evolving rapidly, indicative of their open framework design and an ongoing expansion of indexed content as additional publisher and aggregator agreements are brokered. Although many similarities among the services are apparent, this report also outlines some observed differences, though these differences are becoming hazy as each vendor adds new functions, features, and content. To help individual libraries evaluate which service will best meet the needs of the library and its community, this report provides detailed evaluation questions and concludes with a section providing additional background information on each service.
In this issue of Library Technology Reports, Cody Hanson provides a foundation for moving your library into the mobile world. He provides a data-based, comprehensive explanation of why now is the time to get mobile, and gives you the information you need to get started, including what mobile devices are on the market, strategies for launching and implementing a mobile presence, and the problems librarians are most likely to encounter in their endeavor.