ACRL/NY and METRO Catablogging program, May 10, 2012

Colleagues, as chair of the ACRL/NY Special Collections and Archives Discussion Group it is my pleasure to invite you the upcoming catablogging program held in cooperation with the METRO New York Library Council. Our featured speaker is Chela Scott Weber, the Associate Head for Archival Collections at the Tamiment Library & Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives at NYU.

What is catablogging?

Many institutions now have blogs to promote their programming, talk about their collections, and generally engage their public. Some librarians and archivists have gone a step beyond the basic blog, and have leveraged the structure inherent in blogging Content Management Systems (CMS) to create searchable, browseable online presentations of their collections, dubbed “catablogs”. In this class, we will use Emma, the catablog of archives and special collections at the Brooklyn Historical Society, as a case study to illustrate how an institution used the WordPress blogging CMS to create a simple and low-cost way to present their collections online. The workshop will cover basic tools such as themes and plug-ins, and the large body of knowledge shared by the WordPress community, that can be helpful in creating your own implementation. It will also discuss how WordPress can deal with both structured and unstructured data, making it a useful tool for a variety of organizations with a range of collections information.

By the end of this program you will have:

  •  an understanding of the key functionality of the WordPress content management system, and how it can be used to present collections online beyond basic blogging.
  •   an awareness of the WordPress plug-ins built specifically for the library and archives community.
  •   a  knowledge of other WordPress tools and how they may be implemented.

METRO is located in Manhattan at 57 E. 11th Street, 4th Floor. (More here: http://metro.org/. The program will be held at METRO on Thursday, 10 May from 10:00 am -12:00 pm. Registration is $10. Register here: http://metro.org/events/178/.

Respectfully,
Professor Keith Muchowski
New York City College of Technology (CUNY)
Ursula C. Schwerin Library
300 Jay Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
kmuchowski@citytech.cuny.edu

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