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Faculty Academy 2010

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Paul Boger

on 12 May 2010

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Transcript of Faculty Academy 2010

WordPress for libraries
Problem:
Why can't students find what they need on Libraries' website?
Library website difficult to navigate
Site too big to redesign without proper planning
Why WordPress?
Free
Already in use at UMW
Multifunctional - plug-ins, widgets
Improve communication, library literacy
Pull together existing, but lost, 2.0 projects
Help - DTLT, WP forums & blogs
Weaknesses:
Sustainability
On the job technology training
Time demands - maintain and create content
Library support - workload, training
Advanced technical support
Templates - inflexible, CSS
Outcome
Success? TBD
ROI - should we try such projects? Yes
"The Library Brand is Books"
Subject Guides 1.0
Starting point for research
Outdated - in use since 2000
Boring
Intimidation, confusion
What's Been Learned:
Have a technology plan
Have support
Build a new relevance among today's students
Responsive to technology outside of the library
Bandwagon or Innovative?
Risk tolerant - take chances
Economic Problems
Budget Cuts!
Strengths:
Embed videos
Embed presentations
Edit in text/html
Widgets & Plug-ins
Many templates
Free
Greater Issues:
Open Source Vs. Proprietary
http://businesscgpslibrary.umwblogs.org/
Free - support needed
Free - becomes pay service
Free - becomes discontinued
Fall 2008
Where are our students?
Homepage - first point of contact
Subject Guides - second point of contact
College Students' Perception of Libraries and Information Resources (2005)
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