For immediate release | January 27, 2016

Using WordPress to Build Library Websites, eCourse

CHICAGO — ALA Publishing announces a new iteration of its popular eCourse, Using WordPress to Build Library Websites. Amanda L. Goodman will serve as the instructor for this six-week facilitated eCourse starting on March 7, 2016.

WordPress is an open-source content management system that helps you create, develop, and maintain a website. Its intuitive interface means that there’s no need to learn complex programming languages--and because it’s free, you can do away with purchasing expensive web development software.

Skilled web developer Amanda Goodman will guide you in applying WordPress tools and functionality to library content. You will learn the nuts and bolts of building a library website that is both user friendly and easy to maintain.

Learning outcomes:

  • Ability to use WordPress to build and manage your library website
  • Understanding how WordPress organizes content types
  • Skills to effectively apply your WordPress knowledge to library content
  • Ability to use navigation and other features to create a user-friendly website structure

About the Instructor

Amanda L. Goodman is the User Experience Librarian at Darien Library, where her projects have included redesigning the library’s website, creating marketing materials, and co-managing adult technology education classes. As an MLIS student, she redesigned the Library and Information Studies’ website at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro using WordPress. It became a model for other UNCG departments’ websites. She blogs about her work at A Ghost of Daisies.

Registration for this facilitated eCourse, which begins on March 7, 2016, can be purchased at the ALA Store. Participants in this course will need regular access to a computer with an internet connection for online message board participation, viewing online video, listening to streaming audio (MP3 files), and downloading and viewing PDF and PowerPoint files.

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