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Sonya Schryer Norris Library of Michigan. Plinkit Provides Web Sites That Are Free for Michigan Libraries. Paid for by the Library of Michigan via LSTA Dollars. Highlights. Free Web site and hosting – no on-going costs! Training and support Advanced features

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sonya schryer norris library of michigan
Sonya Schryer Norris

Library of Michigan

Library of Michigan

plinkit provides web sites that are free for michigan libraries

Plinkit Provides Web Sites That Are Free for Michigan Libraries

Paid for by the Library of Michigan

via LSTA Dollars

Library of Michigan

highlights
Highlights
  • Free Web site and hosting – no on-going costs!
  • Training and support
  • Advanced features
  • Professional, customized look for each library

Library of Michigan

where did plinkit come from
Where Did Plinkit Come From?
  • Initially, it was a 2003 LSTA grant in Oregon to specialize Web site development software for libraries
  • Designed for small and rural libraries
  • In 2006 it opened up to other states

Library of Michigan

why would you participate
Why Would You Participate?
  • Does your library need a Web site but you don't have the time or resources to build one from scratch?
  • Or perhaps you don’t have a staff member with expertise in HTML?
  • Then Plinkit is for you!

Library of Michigan

already have a site
Already Have a Site?
  • Does your library have a Web site but it's difficult to maintain?
  • Do you have to pay someone to maintain or host it?
  • Do you want a more professional look?
  • Do you think your Web site could be doing more for you and your patrons?
  • Then Plinkit is for you!

Library of Michigan

what s in it for your community
What’s in it for your community?
  • A 21st century library presence
  • The ability to include links to community organizations such as Rotary and the Lions Club
  • The ability to search your catalog from home (where applicable)
  • The ability to access hours/location and other basic information about your library 24/7

Library of Michigan

consider plinkit

Consider Plinkit

A One-Stop Solution in All of These Areas – We Even Provide Free Training and On-Going Support!

Library of Michigan

who participates
Oregon

Colorado

Illinois

Texas

Michigan

Library of Virginia

NEBASE (Nebraska)

PALINET (for DE, MD, NJ, PA & WV)

Who Participates?

Plinkit is a nation-wide collaborative with many hundreds of sites

Library of Michigan

why did the library of michigan choose plinkit
Why Did the Library of Michigan Choose Plinkit?
  • Plinkit is optimized for libraries
  • Plinkit is backed-up by a nation-wide collaborative of library agencies
  • Plinkit is customizable in Michigan
  • Plinkit has what we need!

Library of Michigan

plinkit is easy to use
Plinkit Is Easy to Use
  • Plinkit refers to the the software that powers the Web sites.
  • It’s called a Content Management System

Library of Michigan

what s a content management system cms

What’s a Content Management System (CMS)?

It’s the Easy Way to Create a Web Site and Most Professional Sites Are Powered by Them

Library of Michigan

a content management system
A Content Management System…
  • Allows you to edit content with controls similar to Microsoft Word – you don’t need to know HTML!
  • Sets the look of the pages so they are consistent
  • Gives the site a tailored, professional appearance
  • Provides advanced features

Library of Michigan

it s about how it works
It’s About How It Works
  • A CMS controls the back-end of a Web site: how it works.
  • Web sites built on the same content management system can look very different

Library of Michigan

who controls content on the site
Who Controls Content on the Site?
  • YOU do
  • There will be a template and some state-wide information and features such as the MeL logo and some MeL databases but you control the content.

Library of Michigan

features
Features

Library of Michigan

homepage
Homepage

Library of Michigan

kids and teens
Kids and Teens

Library of Michigan

kids and teens logged in
Kids and Teens: Logged In

Library of Michigan

e shelf and research
E-shelf and Research

Library of Michigan

digital exhibits
Digital Exhibits

Library of Michigan

news and events
News and Events

Library of Michigan

calendar
Calendar

Library of Michigan

about us
About Us

Library of Michigan

mel databases and other local e resources
MeL Databases and Other Local E-Resources
  • Some of the MeL databases will automatically appear on your E-resources site with a link to MeL.
  • Enjoy space for a digital collections. You could use this for photographs of your library and library events.

Library of Michigan

how will my site look
How Will My Site Look?
  • To start, pick from among 16 different color schemes
  • Then work with a professional graphic designer hired and paid for by the Library of Michigan for a customized, coordinating banner to distinguish your site

Library of Michigan

plinkit example 1
Plinkit Example 1

Library of Michigan

plinkit example 2
Plinkit Example 2

Library of Michigan

plinkit example 3
Plinkit Example 3

Library of Michigan

plinkit example 4
Plinkit Example 4

Library of Michigan

plinkit example 5
Plinkit Example 5

Library of Michigan

what else can plinkit provide
What Else Can Plinkit Provide?
  • Plinkit has support materials like press releases and other marketing supplies
  • Plinkit will have state-wide participation and a community of Michigan libraries to share the joy with
  • Plinkit will have the resources of a nation-wide consortium backing up our sites

Library of Michigan

where are we in michigan with this

Where Are We in Michigan with This?

I’m glad you asked…

Library of Michigan

call for advisory committee
Call for Advisory Committee
  • The Advisory Committee will be a standing body with rolling terms of member participation
  • We’re looking for energetic library staff who are keyed into their staff and community needs
  • Web site administration skills are NOT required
  • See Michlib-l for the call

Library of Michigan

call for pilot libraries
Call for Pilot Libraries
  • The Library of Michigan will be looking for five small and/or rural libraries to participate as pilots. What a great time to get involved!
  • Please contact Sonya Schryer Norris at norriss2@michigan.gov or 517-373-4457 if you would like to volunteer to be a pilot site
  • See the call on Michlib-l this summer

Library of Michigan

how can i become a plinkit library
How Can I Become a Plinkit Library?
  • After the pilot phase – approximately Spring of 2010 – libraries will be added on a rolling basis. There will be a place on the Michigan Plinkit Web site to sign up for a Plinkit site.

Library of Michigan

questions want to become a plinkit library

Questions?Want to Become a Plinkit Library?

Contact Sonya Schryer Norris

Norriss2@michigan.gov

517-373-4457

Library of Michigan