Presented May 10, 2012 at the Metropolitan New York Library Council

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.

Speaker: Chela Scott Weber is the Associate Head for Archival Collections at the Tamiment Library & Robert f. Wagner Labor Archives at NYU. Prior to coming to the Tamiment, she was the Director of Library & Archives at the Brooklyn Historical Society, where she implemented Emma, their WordPress based catablog of archives and special collections. She holds a Master of Library and Information Science and Certificate of Archival Administration from Wayne State University in beautiful Detroit, MI.

This event was co-sponsored/hosted with ACRL/NY Special Collections and Archives Discussion Group.

Videography by Jim Chan
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