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Content Management in Public Libraries

Aubria Keleman, Teen Services and Web Coordinator, Whatcom County Library System, and Tao Gao, Executive Director and Leaad Programmer, Live2Create talking about Rumba with Joomla in the Implementing CMS track. CMS is exciting because webmaster doesn’t need to do everything. Pre-redesign stuff you should do: collect stats, review your brand, collect photos, run focus groups and set explicit goals in priority order. This could be done two years out.  Theirs was egalatarian effort, involved staff as much as possible. For project management, they set up a wiki using PBWiki. They had to rewrite their content and the wiki was really useful for keeping everybody on the same page. Now she’s showing screen shot of home page before makeover. It was very confusing. And now it’s the new website where people can find things! Navigation is much more obvious. Showing Joomla calendar, internal blogs, kids page. Users are spending more time on the library’s page. The new site is W3C compiant, very flexible, and the bottleneck has ended. Want to see increase in use of databases.

There are still issues with assigning authors to particular content, calendar (takes too much staff time) , and migration.

Tao Gao talking about Joomla. Design process uses wireframes, graphic mockups, and template development. Uses Adobe products and FileZilla. There are some security issues but they’re not serious. Look at Joomla in Libraries blog.


Marydee Ojala

Editor, ONLINE: Exploring Technology & Resources for Information Professionals

Mobile Usability

(L-R) Michael Sauers, Krista Burns, Jim Hahn

(L-R) Michael Sauers, Krista Burns, Jim Hahn

Things you may not know that you can do with your mobile device

Many of  these can be done with a simple mobile phone, a sophisticated web browing phone is not required.  (Make sure you have an unlimited data plan or you will get a huge bill!)

  • Send a text message to Google (phone 46645 which is GOOGL) and get an answer back.   Good for finding local restaurants, etc.
Examples of Google text message queries

Examples of Google text message queries

  • Send a text message to an e-mail address.  (Good for sending a reference question to libraries)
  • Text Amazon to search for books, compare prices with those of a bookstore, and buy them.
  • Use LibraryThing Mobile to check if you already own a book.
  • Read a Wikipedia article using their special mobile interface.
  • Use eBuddy Lite Messanger to get a Web interface to search engines.
  • Install Google Maps for Mobiles to get directions, etc.  (If you have a GPS enabled phone, you don’t need to tell it where you are.)  You can even get traffic and street views (don’t use while driving!).
  • Photograph barcodes and use them on scanners, library checkouts, etc.

Encyclopodia has developed Sourceforge software for loading Wikipedia on iPods.  How would university students use such a service?  Jim Hahn from the University of Illinois did a research project that surveyed students who used such iPods.  Resuts were:

  • Students used the devices mainly for recreational questions.
  • Average use of the iPod was once or  twice a month, with heaviest usage in the first month of the term.
  • One student used the iPod to do research for a paper.
  • Power was drained quickly, and when it ran low, the date and time were automatically reset.

Mobile device services are rapidly advancing;  we can expect to see many similar studies in the future.

Don Hawkins
Columnist, Information  Today and CIL 2009 Blog Coordinator


On Monday Don Hawkins provided great coverage of a session called, Who Put the Blawg in My Collection? He wrote:

Their Legal Blawgs collection is the first one of this type at the Library of Congress.  It is scheduled to become publicly available later this week.

It is live, and here’s the link. By the way, Donna Scheeder (new acting Law Librarian of Congress, long time CIL advisor, and moderator of Monday’s program), thanks for introducing this morning’s keynote!

Jane Dysart, Conference Program Chair