From Plone to Plinkit to Public Libraries*
Plinkit (Public Library INterface KIT) provides both content and functionality that are exciting and useful to library patrons and staff alike. This talk will cover how Plone, a popular open source content management system, is being used by numerous states as a web-hosting solution for small and medium-sized libraries as part of the larger Plinkit Collaborative.
Throughout the U.S., small and rural public libraries are struggling to stay open and do not have the capacity to develop engaging websites that can meet the information needs of their patrons. In the age of electronic journals, online learning resources, research databases, and more, it is imperative that public libraries provide access to these and other valuable information resources through a well-designed, full-featured website.
Plinkit addresses this issue by providing a pre-built, easy-to-maintain, public library website based on Plone, an open source content management system. This session will cover the history of the Plinkit project, why it’s needed, the features and functionality that Plone plus specialized content can bring to a library website, and information on the multi-state cooperative, the Plinkit Collaborative.
Oregon State Library
Darci Hanning has a BSEE from Washington State University (Pullman) and received her MLIS from the University of Washington, Information School. She brings over 20 years of software and web application development experience to her position as the Technology Development Consultant at the Oregon State Library. For the past 3 1/2 years she has been using Plone, an open source software content management system, to create and deploy dynamic, easy-to-maintain websites for small libraries in Oregon. Since Spring 2006, she has been providing technical leadership for the Plinkit Collaborative, a multi-state cooperative to deploy Plinkit throughout the United States.
Ms. Hanning has presented on both Plone and Plinkit at national and international conferences, recently served as President of the Plone Foundation Board, is a contributing author to “Practical Plone 3: A Beginner’s Guide to Building Powerful Websites”, and was selected as a “2008 Mover and Shaker” by Library Journal.