Don’t Miss: Using WordPress as a Library Content Management System

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I am thoroughly enjoying this issue of  Library Technology Reports by Kyle M. L. Jones and Polly Alida-Farrington. Read the first chapter here to get a taste of the useful, practical and engaging work. Kenley Neufeld and I have an interview in the issue concerning WordPress as an LMS for course management. There’s also an extended version here and a TechSource post about the early stages of the project here.

The guest sections include an excellent article on utilizing WP to enhance the user experience by Aaron Schmidt and Amanda Etches-Johnson. 

 

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4 thoughts on “Don’t Miss: Using WordPress as a Library Content Management System”

  1. Nice. I think any movements to increase usage of WordPress in libraries is good from both a user experience perspective and a cost perspective. It would be interesting, however, to see a blog post or article about use cases that are NOT ideally suited for WordPress, if there are any in the library context. I’ve thought about writing blog posts addressing this issue from other perspectives, but I would be curious to know if you think there are any common library uses that would NOT be well served with WordPress…

  2. Hello Will-

    The most obvious example to me is the library who wants extensive control over other automated information systems (link resolvers, OPACs, etc.) directly within the CMS. WordPress simply doesn’t handle this complexity. There will be individuals who will also say that WordPress doesn’t handle content types: This isn’t true. They handle custom content types, taxonomies and metaboxes, but with a bit more reliance on some programming than, say, Drupal may. For a majority of libraries, especially public libraries, WordPress handles most of their content management needs.

    Thanks,
    ~Kyle~

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