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KLOW in Computers in Libraries

We’re excited to report that KLOW was featured in an article in Computers in Libraries this month.

Read it!

Our own Sharon Moreland wrote the article, and it’s very exciting for us to be featured in a national library magazine!

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Jessamyn West highlighted our project on her blog at

Aw, shucks. *blush*

As to who in Kansas are the brains behind the project, it was started by Brenda Hough and Liz Rea at the Northeast Kansas Library System in 2006. Liz is still on the project (*wave*) but Brenda has moved on, her place being very capably filled by Sharon Moreland, NEKLS Technology Consultant. It is funded by NEKLS and the State Library of Kansas.

Thanks for the nod!

Introduction to KLOW

What’s new in Library Web site development?

What is WordPress?

  • Blogging application
    • traditionally, blogs are frequently updated, personal websites featuring diary-type commentary and links to articles on other Web sites.
      • main content area has articles listed chronologically, newest on top
      • articles are organized into categories
      • older articles contained in an archive
      • people can leave comments about the articles
      • links to other related sites are listed (called a “blogroll”)
      • “feeds” like RSS, Atom or RDF files are available
  • Open source
    • freely distributed, collaboratively developed and modified software code
    • collaboratively written support materials –

Exploration of WordPress

  • What the world sees…
    • Header
    • Post
      • Title
      • Categories
      • Comments
      • Images
    • Sidebar(s)
    • Pages
    • Archives
    • Categories
    • Links (Blogroll)
    • Meta
  • Behind the Scenes…
    • Dashboard
      • Settings
        • Update/Edit header and “General Settings”
        • Site Administration
      • Plugins
      • Users
    • Write
      • Write Post
      • Write Page
      • Write Link
    • Manage
      • Edit/Delete posts
      • Edit/Delete pages
      • Edit/Delete links
      • Add/Edit categories – index/group posts by topic
      • Add/Edit tags
      • Add/Edit link categories
      • Edit/Delete media library (images)
    • Design
      • Themes
      • Widgets
      • Install a Theme
      • Header/Theme customization
    • Comments
      • Moderate comments and Spam
    • HELP

Thinking About Content

  • What is the purpose of your site?
    • Promote news and events
    • Provide information about Library operations (hours, contacts)
    • Provide hard-to-find information
    • Provide access to local information
    • Local history
  • How simple or complicated do you want the site to be?
  • Who will add and update content?
  • Who will check for dead links?
  • What information do you NEED and WHERE do you want to put it?
    Home page (sidebar widgets) :: Pages :: Posts organized by Category

    • Widgets – Hours :: Catalog :: Images via Flickr :: Search boxes :: Audiobooks, Music and More
    • Pages – About :: Policies :: Feature Page :: Board Information :: Teens :: Kids :: Readers

Tips and Tricks

  • ColorSchemer – For Themes that allow color customization
  • Buttons – Use a photo editor to generate a hyperlinked ‘button’
  • Simple How To guide for tasks like adding and editing images and making hyperlinked image buttons for a Text widget.

Using the Event Calendar

You know you want to add events to your calendar, it’s easy as pie with the now built-in Event Calendar plugin. Let’s take a look at how it works!

The very first time you use it, you will need to set up the category you want to put your event posts in, and set a few settings depending on your preference.

Create the event category:

  1. Log into the administration console of your website (the Dashboard)
  2. Click “Manage”
  3. Click “Categories”
  4. Click “Add New”
  5. Enter the name of the category (Events, Library Events, Fun Events, whatever you like), don’t worry about the other fields.
  6. Click “Add Category”

The rest of the instructions after the jump!

Picking WordPress Themes for KLOW

Finding the right visual look for your website can be a challenge. Fortunately, there are many sites that host WordPress themes that are compatible with our system here. A few key words to look for when you are looking at a theme:

  • Widget ready – so you can drag and drop your widgets!
  • WordPress 2.0+ compatible (we’re using WordPress 2.0/2.1)
  • Available in a .zip file
  • Look for themes that aren’t too thematic or artistic. Sometimes it’s quite challenging to modify a theme to your specifications when it is very graphic intensive.
  • Stick to familiar layouts, 2, 3 and 4 column layouts all seem to work very well with not too much fuss.

Some sites to consider when looking at themess: – features themes that are widget ready – he tries to do a theme a day, and some are very good. – lets you search on particular criteria, such as color, widget ready, prominent colors, etc.

Have Fun!