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Asynchronous eCourse beginning February 3, 2014 and continuing for 6 weeks
An ALA Editions eCourse facilitated by Polly-Alida Farrington and Amanda L. Goodman
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Upon purchase you will receive a registration PDF in the form of a digital download. This PDF contains a link to our Registration page and a password. You must download this PDF and follow the instructions in order to complete the registration. The download link can be found on the final confirmation screen after you complete your purchase, and may also be accessed from your Account History. Confirmation with login instructions, reminders, and alerts will go to the email address used in the registration.
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Estimated Hours of Learning: 30
Certificate of Completion available upon request
- Ability to use WordPress to build and manage your library website
- Understanding how WordPress organizes content types
- Skills to effectively apply your WordPress knowledge to library content
- Ability to use navigation and other features to create a user-friendly website structure
WordPress is an open-source content management system that helps you create, develop, and maintain a website. Its intuitive interface means that there’s no need to learn complex programming languages--and because it’s free, you can do away with purchasing expensive web development software.
Skilled web developers Polly-Alida Farrington and Amanda Goodman will guide you in applying WordPress tools and functionality to library content. You will learn the nuts and bolts of building a library website that is both user friendly and easy to maintain.
WordPress Administration Dashboard
- What is a Content Management System
- Why WordPress?
- Installing WordPress
- Understanding WordPress files and directory structure
- WordPress community & help resources
Adding content and selecting a theme
- Working with the WordPress admin dashboard
- Recommended settings
- Security issues
Custom menus, navigation options, and widgets
- Types of content: posts, pages, media, links
- Categories and Information architecture considerations
- Adding and editing content
- Media uploader
- Using themes to change the look and feel of your site
Adding functionality with plugins
- Using the custom menus features
- Using widgets for navigation and links
- More widgety goodness …
- Adding content from third party sites
Engaging with Customers
- Installing plugins
- Basic ‘must-have’ plugins
- Library-related plugins
Digging deeper into themes and customization
- Comments and discussion options
- Building forms
- Editing php files
- Editing CSS
- Child themes
- Page layouts
How this eCourse Works
The eCourse begins on February 3, 2014. Your participation will require approximately five hours a week, at times that fit your schedule. There are no live sessions. All activities take place on the website, and you will be expected to
Instructors Polly-Alida Farrington and Amanda Goodman will monitor discussion boards regularly during the six-week period, lead group discussions, and will also answer individual questions. All interaction will take place on the eCourse site, which will be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It's recommended that students log into the site on February 3 or within a few days for an overview of the content and to begin the first lesson.
- Read, listen to or view online content
- Post to online discussion boards
- Complete weekly assignments or activities
Participants will need regular access to a computer with an internet connection for online message boards participation, viewing online video, listening to streaming audio (mp3 files), and downloading and viewing PDFs and PowerPoint files. ALA Editions eCourses are fully compatible with Windows and MacOs.
About the Instructors
Polly-Alida Farrington, as consultant and the owner of PA Farrington Associates, has more than 15 years’ experience providing technology-related training, web project development, and consulting services to libraries, library systems, and schools. A former academic librarian, she has 17 years' experience in reference, government documents, interlibrary loan, and technology. She is the co-author, with Kyle Jones, of Library Technology Reports, April 2011 (47:3), Using WordPress as a Library Content Management System. Her website is pafa.net.
Amanda L. 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.