Title: Learning from Libraries that Use WordPress: Content-Management System Best Practices and Case Studies
Authors: Kyle M. L. Jones and Polly-Alida Farrington
Softcover: 978-0-8389-1162-4 $65
Imprint: Chicago: ALA Editions, 2013
“With its intuitive interface and open-source development method, the WordPress web platform has emerged as a uniquely flexible content management system (CMS) with many library-related applications. In this book Jones and Farrington, two web designer/librarians, explore 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
- Offer a brief history of WordPress, reviewing its genesis and sketching in some possible future directions
- 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
- Present a variety of case studies, offering first-hand examples which detail why WordPress was selected, methods of implementation and degree of customization, feedback from users, and reflections on usability
- Discuss essential plug-ins, themes, and other specialized applications for library sites
This useful book shows how scores of libraries have used WordPress to create library websites that are both user-friendly and easy to maintain.”
Tom is originally from Brooklyn N.Y but has spent his entire professional career in South Carolina, most recently as Head of Reference Services at the College of Charleston. As part of the Against the Grain and Charleston Conference team, he serves as the associate editor of the print ATG as well as the co-editor of the webpage. Tom’s conference duties include coordinating the Penthouse Suite interviews as well as the conference poster sessions.
He received his MLS from the University of Buffalo, SUNY and a second master’s in public administration from the College of Charleston and the Univ. of South Carolina. His wife Carol and he live in downtown Charleston and she is an artist and a tour guide offering historic walking tours of the city.