Maybe it's the heat, but this Summer has brought with it a couple of wrinkles in the METRO professional development calendar. Now that we've fixed these problems, you can take advantage of two events that you thought you already missed. Registration has been re-opened for the following workshop and webinar, and we invite you to take advantage of this second-chance to participate.
WordPress for Library Web Design
July 29, 2010, 10am-1pm
Location: METRO Training Center
More and more libraries are looking for a way to make dynamic, easy-to-edit websites. Many of these libraries turn to powerful content management systems and then find that they have taken on more than they can handle. WordPress has gotten a reputation as a blogging platform, but many are using it for their entire websites – including libraries. This workshop will guide librarians through the basics of using WordPress as a content management system for an entire library website and give attendees hands-on experience that they can take back to their libraries.Register ($40 for METRO and myMETRO members; $75 for non-members)online here: http://bit.ly/dso7FM
Webinar: Expanding the Digital Library Program Within the Institution: Turning Curators Into Web Publishers
August 3, 2010, 1pm-2pm
While Columbia University Libraries continue to digitize and publish parts of their collections, the organization has begun to recognize specific new needs in the digitization program. They have implemented a strategy that better supports online exhibitions (as a complement to physical ones) and helps expose smaller, highlighted portions of collections as well. Using a framework that uses Fedora as the digital asset management system and Omeka as the primary publishing tool, the organization has put a collection-oriented Web publishing tool directly in the hands of curatorial staff with no increase in staffing. At the same time, guidelines have been developed to help ensure that digital content created for these projects adheres to best practices for digitization and metadata creation and can be made available for reuse and repurposing. This presentation, originally featured at the Coalition for Networked Information meeting in April 2010, will address these needs, implementation, and “lessons learned.”Register for this webinar ($15 for METRO and myMETRO members, $30 for non-members) here: http://bit.ly/baJ4H9