Monday, March 30, 2009

Mobile Applications

Thursday April 2nd, 2009, 2:00 - 3:00 pm, Central Time

At this webinar we'll be talking about libraries and mobile, why it's important, why OCLC decided to explore a mobile option. Cindy will touch on some other mobile efforts by other libraries, too. It seems fitting for OCLC's role to figure out a solution that benefits all libraries by putting online. Cindy will talk about how the pilot has gone, what they've learned--going mobile is ALOT more than just getting the information onto a small screen!--and where they're going next.

Information on Worldcat Mobile can be found at:

Cindy Cunningham, Director of Partner Programs for OCLC since January 2007, works with non-library companies and entities to develop partnerships that benefit the OCLC cooperative. Before that she worked for,, and at the University of Washington Libraries, Kitsap Regional Library and at the Library of Congress. She lives in Seattle, WA.

Monday, March 23, 2009

WordPress as a CMS

Thursday March 26th, 2009, 2:00 - 3:00 pm, Central Time

Download the slides as a PDF here

Karen A. Coombs serves as the Head of Web Services at the University of Houston Libraries. Her duties include development and maintenance of the libraries’ web site and virtual presence for 35,000 plus students, faculty and staff. She has presented at many national conferences including ALA Annual, LITA Forum, and Internet Librarian; she has written articles for Computers in Libraries, Library Journal, Library Hi Tech, and Journal of Academic Librarianship. With Jason Griffey , she is the co-author of the book Library Blogging. She is past-chair of the LITA Special Interest Group for Blogs, Wikis and interactive media, a member of the LITA Top Technology Trends panel, and the author of the Library Web Chic weblog.

Do you have a small library or association website that needs to be managed and most of your content contributors know little or no HTML? Think a full fledged content management system like Joomla or Drupal is too much to take on? Then Wordpress as a CMS might be for you.

Wordpress is on open source blogging tool, used by libraries, associations and other organizations to run their blogs. However, it also includes functionality such as Pages, Links, and Media Management, which make it capable of supporting small to mid-sized websites. By adding plugins, Wordpress can be extended to support the content on most library websites:
  • News
  • Events
  • Database Lists
  • Book Reviews
Unlike many CMSs, Wordpress has a low learning curve, which enables library staff to easily contribute and maintain contente. Additionally, extending its functionality via plugins is simple. Come to this session and learn the tools, tips and tricks to creating a library website using Wordpress.

Relevant Resources:

Libraries Using Wordpress as a CMS

Monday, March 16, 2009

BitNami Sandboxes with Mark Beatty

Thursday March 19th, 2009, 2:00 - 3:00 pm, Central Time

So you want to try out an open source system like Drupal or WordPress, but don't know where to start and you're worried both about your level of technical knowledge as well as what might happen to anything else running on your network and PC? BitNami Stacks to the rescue!
What is a BitNami Stack?

A BitNami Stack is an easy to install package of software that includes everything you need to run the primary application. BitNami Stacks are completely self-contained and they won't interfere with any other software installed on your system, so everything you're already running will continue to work normally. BitNami stacks are easy to install, multiplatform, and open source. BitNami makes installing wikis, blogs, CRM systems a simple and enjoyable process. Popular stacks include: Drupal, Joomla, MediaWiki, WordPress, Coppermine, and Moodle as well as many others.

Mark Beatty knows next to nothing about Linux or PHP or even MySQL and still managed to create useful sandboxes for WiLS to try out Drupal and WordPress. If he can do, you can bet you can too. When Mark is not pretending to know what he's doing with open source solutions he's busy training librarians on how to do new things and wrangling the virtual reference consortium, AskAway. Some how or other enough folks voted for him to be a recent President of LITA, go figure.

Register now for this sure to be lively and interesting session. Go to:

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

The Social OPAC with John Blyberg

Thursday March 12th, 2009, 2:00 - 3:00 pm, Central Time

John Blyberg is the Assistant Director for Innovation and User Experience at theDarien Library in Connecticut. He was formerly the System Administrator and Lead Developer for the Ann Arbor District Library (AADL) in Michigan. John was named a Library Journal “Mover and Shaker,” took first prize in Talis’ “Mashing-up the Library” competition, and speaks nationally and internationally about libraries, user experience, innovation, and technology. He has written for Library Journal, American Libraries, and several other trade journals and has contributed chapters to several published books. He also blogs at:

SOPAC (Social Online Public Access Catalog) is a next-generation catalog system as a Drupal module that provides true integration of your library catalog system with the power of the Drupal content management system while allowing users to tag, rate, and review your holdings. User input is then incorporated into the discovery index so that SOPAC becomes a truly community-driven catalog system. Other features include:

• Faceted browsing
• Ajax-empowered interface with native jQuery support
• 100% customizable interface via the Drupal template system
• Ability to remove search limiters
• Saved searches
• Integrated renewals, holds placement, and fine payment
• Ability to customize the user experience via the administrative control panel
• Ability to create custom functionality via a Drupal sub-module

Register now for this sure to be lively and interesting session. Go to: