Using WordPress as a Library Content Management System

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Using WordPress, you can give patrons easy access to your library's digital content. The software is free, and, with good planning, you don't need expensive training or extensive technological expertise to maintain your website.

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.

This issue covers:

  • Setting up a local development environment, choosing your package, installing WordPress, and transferring files
  • How to evaluate potential plugins and select the best for your needs
  • How to test themes across different types of content
  • How to streamline administration with plugins like WP Maintenance Mode, Theme Visibility Manager, Role Scoper and others
  • Comparative descriptions of four different plugins for publicizing your events and programs
  • Managing user accounts to get staff involved in creating content
  • How you can make it easy for patrons to share your content on Facebook, Twitter, and other social sites
  • First-hand accounts by academic, public, and school librarians of using WordPress to create dynamic subject guides, deliver elearning, and creating digital archives
  • 10 ways WordPress can improve website user experience

Kyle M. L. Jones

Kyle M. L. Jones is a PhD student at the University of Wisconsin–Madison in the School of Library and Information Studies, where his research interests are focused on e-learning informatics, traditional and non-traditional online learning environments, and digital library technologies.

Polly-Alida Farrington

Polly-Alida Farrington is a former academic librarian with 17 years' experience in reference, government documents, ILL, and technology. Since 1996, as principal of PA Farrington Associates, she has offered technology-related training, web project development, and consulting services to libraries, library systems, and schools.

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