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with Jeff Wisniewski and Cheryl Stenstrom

Content Management System Case Studies

Jeff Wisniewski, Web Services Librarian for the University Library System at the University of Pittsburgh
Cheryl Stenstrom, Library Consultant at the British Columbia Public Library Services Branch

Wisniewski and Stenstrom describe two different CMS solutions that are popular with libraries. Explore the strengths and features of each solution. Wisniewski describes how Dreamweaver and Contribute were selected and used to maintain University of Pittsburgh's library Web site and staff intranet. Stenstrom describes Mambo, a popular open source CMS system that has won several awards, including "Best of the Show" at LinuxWorld Expo. She shows how Mambo is being used as a publishing tool and how other plug-ins are helping to foster collaboration and information sharing among public librarians in the province of British Columbia. Find out how easy Mambo is to configure, the range of modules available, and how the tool has been received by content providers and the community.

2:30 PM Atlantic
Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2006
This course is the companion to Choosing the Right Content Managment System, but participation in Part 1 was NOT necessary.

The Benefits

Find out how easy it is to configure and set up a CMS and how each one was received by authors and users. Zero in on key features and functions that matter to your library and start building your CMS requirements list.

Who Should Participate?

This session will be of particular interest to those needing to see how a CMS system works in real settings and for those wanting to speed up decision making on the product that will work best.

Key Topics You Will Explore

* What is MAMBO and how easy is it to set up?
* Do authors need to know HTML to add content with a CMS?
* What CMS features do Dreamweaver and Contribute offer?
* Can either CMS solution let you lock down the design or templates so authors cannot change the design but only modify the content area?
* How simple is it to add and remove authors?
* Can the publishing workflow require that content added by authors be approved?

Method of Instruction
Audio conference with Web-based visuals and supported by handout.


Member: $58.00 + GST
Non-Member: $74.00 + GST

What is a WEBCAST?

This is an expanded version of our popular audio conferences. You will need a computer and the ability to get on the internet... and a telephone. That is it. No special hardware; no special software. You will be given an address on the Web at which you will sign in with a password that will be given to you in your registration confirmation. You will be able to see the presenter's desktop and see what he or she is doing as you watch. Like all audio conferences, there is no limit on the number of people that might be around the phone at each location. The limitation will be in how many people can comfortably see the computer. If you have a data projector, there is probably no limit.

Jeff Wisniewski has his MLS from the University of Pittsburgh School of Inform-ation Sciences. He is the Web Services Librarian for the University of Pittsburgh Library System where he maintains the public Web site and staff intranet, coordinates technical support for the University-wide ETD program, and is project manager for new technology initiatives. He has served as Head Librarian for the Semester at Sea academic program, a four-month program taking students to twelve different countries around the world. He served as consulting librarian for the library at Peking University in Beijing. He has been a Visiting Lecturer in the School of Information Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh, has taught numerous workshops covering such topics as Web site evaluation, JavaScript, Intranet design, the PHP scripting language, and Cascading Style Sheets, and is a frequent presenter at Web and Internet conferences.

Cheryl Stenstrom is a Library Consultant at the British Columbia Public Library Services Branch. She provides advice and support to the libraries in BC on technology issues, such as Web site maintenance and reference database training. Since 2004, she has been developing an extranet for BC library staff and trustees using Mambo software. While her previous positions include Systems Librarian at a large urban public library and a rural regional library, she doesn't consider herself a techie. Since receiving here MLIS in 1997, she's also been a talking book producer and reference librarian.

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