Open Source Systems Power Library Websites
Open Source Content Management Systems Power Library Websites
Drupal, Joomla and Wordpress are free, open source CMS systems that have been widely adopted as platforms for library websites. Compare features of the ten most widely used in Content Management System Software Review. Then check out the newcomer Omeka.
Drupal (http://drupal.org/) is a powerful database-driven CMS with a large community of users to provide support. A Beginner’s Guide to Drupal covers background and reasons to use the program before launching into the Drupal Primer.
Library sites using Drupal:
Joomla (http://www.joomla.org/) is the CMS of choice for many library websites. The name is derived from a Swahili word meaning “all together” or “as a whole.”
Library sites using Joomla:
Wordpress (http://wordpress.org/), the popular blogging platform, is another free CMS that works well for library websites.
Wordpress For Libraries is a collection of resources from an Internet Librarian workshop. Find links to lots of examples of current sites and to this SeeHowTwo set of just-in-time Wordpress video tutorials. Or follow the blog posts from one Australian librarian as she builds The Grove Library website step by step.
Library sites using Wordpress:
- Berlin Peck Memorial Library (CT) is an example from a small library.
- Park County Library System (WY) is a very small library
- Stillwater (NY) Free Library uses a magazine style theme.
Omeka (http://omeka.org/) is a digital collection management tool designed with libraries, museums and “non-IT specialists” in mind. The free open-source publishing platform facilitates attractive design and user interaction through Web 2.0 technologies. Watch the demo video for more information and play in the sandbox to see if it’s right for your library.
Sites using Omeka:
- Voices For the Lake has plug-ins for contribution, geolocation and social bookmarking
- Merchant’s House Museum combines Omeka and WordPress.
- Franco American Library (University of Maine) has plug-ins for geolocation and social bookmarking.
Other Web Tools For Your Online Presence
Tumblr (http://www.tumblr.com/) has been described as a cross between Twitter and blogging. It aggregates text, photos, quotes, links, music, and videos that you post from your browser, phone, desktop, email, etc. to create a tumblelog. Tumblr uses “tag channels” (like Twitter’s hashtags) to collate posts on a topic, such as #public libraries. And there are dozens of third-party apps available.
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