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ALA 2010

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Paul Boger

on 5 May 2010

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Transcript of ALA 2010

WordPress as a Subject Guide Who We Are
Small (Stafford branch) library of UMW
1000 non-traditional students (mostly graduate)
Older, commuters, active careers
Fast, easy access to information
Varied library/information literacy

Subject Guide 1.0 Why WordPress?
Free, open source
Already in use at UMW
Multifunctional - plug-ins, widgets
Improve communication, info. literacy
Pull together existing, but lost, 2.0 projects Cons
Display oddities - IE and Firefox
Technical Support - limited
Learn WordPress
No Librarian Support - workload, training
Time Demands - maintain and create content

Librarians driving the bandwagon
Driven by perception of student need
Success? TBD
"The Library Brand is Books" Boring
Outdated - in use since 2000
Intimidation, confusion Earn a new relevance among today's students
Responsive to technology outside of the library
Bandwagon or Innovative? Marketing
Experiment - some things fail
Economic Problems Budget Cuts! Pros:
Edit in text/html
Embed video
Embed Presentation
Embed federated database search
Widgets & Plug-ins
Design Templates
Google Analytics
Help -WordPress community forums
Cost - Free Issues:
Open Source Vs. Proprietary
Free - with Strings Attached http://businesscgpslibrary.umwblogs.org Perceptions of Libraries and Information Resources, OCLC, 2005
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