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Content Management Systems for Dummies (or busy smarties looking for fast, simple solutions)

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011 (register by March 4th!)
8:30am – 12:00 speaker talks and panel discussion
12:00 – 4:00pm optional lunch and workshop (space limited)

Simmons College, 300 The Fenway, Boston, MA

Co-Sponsored by the Simmons Student Chapter of ASIS&T

As librarians and information professionals, we often find ourselves responsible for creating or organizing online content, but without the tools, budget or technical skills to make it an efficient or sustainable process.

Setting up a new web site.  Organizing e-content.  Training non-techie staff to edit HTML.  Enforcing style guidelines.  Maintaining some semblance of control over our web sites.

Having a content management system (CMS) would make our lives easier, but we’re so busy we don’t have time to do the research, nor the money to hire a developer to set one up.  What’s a busy librarian/information professional to do?  This program will introduce you to a handful of CMS systems (some free!) that can be used for simple or complex projects, depending on your needs.

In the morning, there will be expert speakers and a panel discussion comparing and contrasting different CMSs (WordPress, Expression Engine, Drupal, and Springshare’s LibGuides/CampusGuides), with presentations of actual projects to give you a sense of what CMSs can do.

In the afternoon, NEASIS&T will offer an optional hands-on workshop for attendees who wish to get their feet wet using WordPress.

A continental breakfast is included for everyone and a tote lunch will be provided to those staying for the afternoon workshop.

Register in advance by Friday, March 4


Part 1

  • Theresa Maturevich (Head of Reference, Bedford Free Public Library) speaks about WordPress
  • Michael Witwicki (Principal, Booyant) speaks about ExpressionEngine

Part 2

  • Steve Sanzo (Director of Marketing and Business Development, Isovera) speaks about Drupal
  • Anna Burke (Manager of Community & Training, Springshare) and Talia Resendes (Community Specialist & Trainer, Springshare) speak about LibGuides