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The Comparative Guide to WordPress in Libraries: A LITA Guide
Amanda L. Goodman
Item Number: 978-1-55570-968-6
Publisher: ALA TechSource
Price: $65.00
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240 pages
6" x 9"
ISBN-13: 978-1-55570-968-6
Year Published: 2014
AP Categories: A, C, I, X

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More than just an easy-to-use blogging platform, WordPress is in fact a flexible, open source content management system. Without spending a dime or writing a line of code, it’s possible to build the library website of your dreams. But it’s important to understand the basic principles of WordPress so you can plan wisely. In this LITA guide, User Experience (UX) librarian and seasoned WordPress instructor Goodman leads you step-by-step through the basic planning process for a library website that meets your users’ needs and fits your available resources for maintaining it. Written with the questions of library administrators and technology staff in mind, this guide shows you
  • How to make an informed decision about whether WordPress is the right platform for your library
  • Options for hosted and self-hosted platforms
  • Nearly two dozen WordPress sites, drawn from a wide range of different libraries and organizations
  • How to choose the right theme for your library's content
  • Succinct explanations of every element in the Administrative Dashboard with advice on library applications
  • Quick tips on user experience, information architecture, and analytics
  • Effective ways to use images, audio, and video
Offering a solid foundation in WordPress, this guide will help you design and launch a library website that effectively serves your library’s users.
Table of Contents


Part 1: Understanding WordPress

1 An Introduction to WordPress 
2 Flavors of WordPress 
3 The Competition 

Part 2: The Basics of Developing a WordPress Website

4 Website Planning 
5 Using WordPress 
6 Themes 
7 An Introduction to Plugins and Media 
8 Administrative Tools 

Part 3: Library Implementations of WordPress

9 Academic Libraries 
10 Library Associations 
11 Digital Libraries /Archives 
12 Government and Law 
13 Public Libraries 
14 School Library Media Centers 
15 Special Libraries and Allies 


A The Survey 
B Resources for WordPress 
C Plugins 

About the Author

Amanda Goodman
is the User Experience Librarian at Darien Library, where her projects have included redesigning the library’s website, creating marketing materials, and co-managing adult technology education classes. As an MLIS student, she redesigned the Library and Information Studies’ website at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro using WordPress. It became a model for other UNCG departments’ websites. She blogs about her work at A Ghost of Daisies.

"A concise primer ... This book is an excellent introduction to all things WordPress and libraries."

"The author does an excellent job of presenting a comprehensive and simple to understand guide … an in-depth look into how libraries are using WordPress, complete with profiles of actual libraries and outlines of how they utilize the platform according to their specific needs."

"Timely ... this guide will be useful right now to librarians who are planning or who want to begin thinking about their online presence."
— Reference Reviews

”There is much to like about this book from any librarian’s perspective. This work is useful for public, school, and academic librarians."
— Catholic Library World

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