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WordPress Training

WordPress 4.0 Updates

  • Media Management – can easily manage pictures, etc
  • Embedding Content – YouTube videos.  If you put the YouTube link in a post on it’s own line WP will automatically embed it for you.
  • Live Widget and Appearance Previews – can preview them beforehand without having to make them live first.

WordPress Resources

  • WP4LIB –
  • WordPress Codex (WP, Lessons, esp) –
  • Learning from Libraries that Use WordPress (print book)

Good sites from KLOW:

Make a static front page with your contact info, etc.

Pages vs Posts


  • What to use them for
  • How to organize them
    • and set them up as menu items

Post Best Practices

If not posting often change the main page to be a static page and make blog posts be a menu item.  If libraries can’t post more than once a month, make main page static.  Whatever you do… make it regular. Make a regular schedule.


The worst thing you can do with WordPress security wise is to not update!  So update regularly…

Old themes and plugins are also an issue.  Take a quick glance at updates and the number of themes and plugins are in there.  Get rid of themes and plugins that you aren’t using.

Most compromised passwords are actually words.  Real words are bad passwords.


  • Akismet – spam fighter plug-in.  Can use the personal version of akismet.
  • cforms (Ninja Forms?)
  • Events Manager
  • WordPress Editorial Calendar (cron issues…)  Great way to manage posts and schedule post.
  • Google Analyticator
  • Jetpack – has some issues sometimes.

Disquis has a WordPress plugin

Picking Plugins:

  • Compatible with current version, look at ratings, number of downloads, date last updated
  • Clean up plugins regularly.


Theme keywords to work for:

  • Responsive
  • bootstrap css (cascading style sheets) Bootstrap is a framework for css
  • widgets, menus, sliders.  Sliders are very popular
  • theme options – look for widgets and custom menus
  • Flat theme

Training on WordPress

WordPress Overview

Settings and Users

  • Setup a main user for the library, give admin rights
  • delete or rename admin user
  • permalinks?
  • comment settings
    • Blacklist comment with more than 2 links
    • turn off comments on pages

Post and Pages

  • Post publish page
  • Screen options
  • Categories
  • Tags
  • Editing pages/posts

Widgets and Sidebars

  • Sidebars and how they work with themes
  • Customizing sidebars with widgets
  • Finding and editing widgets
  • Widgets and plugins



Plugins and Themes

  • Finding plugins
  • Finding themes
  • Installing and activiating plugins and themes
  • Configuring plugins
  • Customizing themes

First Steps

  • Alter settings
  • Choose a theme
  • Add content (page, post, external content, widgets, etc)
  • Find and install plugins – good example of static page

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Maker Spaces: Small Space, Low Budget, High Quality #arsl2014


  • Look at maker spaces
  • funding
  • finding room
  • policy issues
  • marketing
  • space, programs, and collection
  • resources

Iowa Library Services, Jet Kofoot, Library Consultant, North Central District.

Used to be a nurse… became a librarian

Mostly rural libraries…

Maker Spaces:  Making means making learning through trial and error…  making means giving access to communities to grow and create something better.  (YALSA)

Making is something we have done since time began.  Made fire…  made homes/shelters… find and make food.

Beginning to become places where people create their own knowledge.  We’re living in the knowledge age.  Building knowledge, creating things.  Not surprising that we’re involved in this movement.

Maker spaces extension of what we’re already doing.  Making can take a lot of forms.

Quilt program:  library provides material.  Bring their own machines…  volunteer helps teach how to quilt if needed.  The library provides the space.

One library provides the machines and teens create denim quilts and purses, etc.

Not all about technology, although that’s what seems to get the most attention.  Helps people create cognitive connections.  Helps everyone learn in special ways, especially children.

Maker boxes,

Idaho maker program:  Checked out boxes,

Most likely there are people in your community who have skills that could help teach something.  (Ukranian eggs, quilting, stained glass, painting, etc)  Want to make sure volunteers aren’t trying to sell things and that they understand what “volunteer means”.


  • Create safe environment
  • Proper ventilation
  • Release forms – Some states require criminal background checks.

Jigsaw puzzles, cake pans, some checkout power tools (liability), pulling taffy, recording studio, darkroom,

“What women autoknow” session

***Making Mondays : every Monday after school. fabrigami, 3d printer, duct tape wallets, feltie zombies.  Rotate out every Monday.


How are we gonna get the money?

Many small inexpensive projects.  Can get money donated, time donated, supplies donated.  Find an advocate

Think about purchasing used items.  Make purchases in small quantities.

Can get ends and mattes from paper companies/printers


Traveling Maker Space

Finding Room:

  • Could just be a table
  • Could create kits
  • Park next to library…  Take things outside
  • Bulletin Board Spaces open to kids to decorate
  • Rolling carts


  • Cross marketing:  put things from different departments together.
  • Use social media to let ppl know what’s going on
  • Use community calendar, cable access calendar
  • Word of mouth
  • Host a theme night
  • Pair library materials with maker spaces/projects
  • Pair databases
  • Impulse items at circ desk
  • Facebook word of mouth (not necessarily from the library)


  • How much hands-on from staff
  • Fees?  How handled?
  • Damages
  • Safety, release forms, proper equipment
  • Rules – expectations?
  • User agreements



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Strengthening Your Tech Core #arsl2014

September 5, 2014

Maribeth Shafer,


Created a Google Site with a compilation of online tutorials.  

Super secret way to fix a problem techies haven’t seen before:  They Google it!  

There are 8 steps and it takes 14 weeks.  Broke it down can into weeks with competencies.  Can use it as a course or can go in and find certain tutorials.  

Have people go through mousercise tutorial and then use solitaire.  Don’t need to go through everything if you don’t need to know it.  


  • Hardware
  • email/calendar
  • Internet
  • Operating Systems
  • Programs and Apps
  • Web Tools
  • Mobile Devices
  • Security and Maintenance
  • The Basics – great learning resources.  Comes with interactive tutorials, videos, etc.  LOTS of tutorials, iPads, Office, etc – Self-paced courses, webinar archives.  All types of courses, not just tech classes

YouTube Marvelous Mari – some of her library instructional videos can be found on here






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Digital Literacy for Everyone: Going from Tech Averse to Tech Savvy #arsl2014

September 5, 2014


Crystal Schimpf and Kieran Hixon – Kixal 

Training Consultants like to talk about Digital Literacy


Kieran – from a small town in Florence, CO.  Used to work at library there.  Had a flood of people coming into library to fill out applications for Dollar General store and realized they didn’t have enough computers for the influx of people coming in to fill out apps.  Also realized they didn’t have skills to fill out online app.  Tried to partner with Dollar Store Manager.  Realized he failed his library/community by doing all of the tech stuff himself and not sharing knowledge.  Understands now that it’s important to teach digital literacy and how much not teaching them hurts our community and neighbors.  It’s the patrons, the staff, and the whole community.  Some of the challenges he faced, similar to ours.

What is your biggest challenge when it comes to helping your staff and patrons learn new technology?  (asked audience)

  • Getting staff up to speed to helping others with technology
  • Motivation
  • Recognizing there is something they don’t know
  • Vocabulary… terms.  Starting at lowest level of knowledge – time consuming
  • Language barriers, anxiety and not being to learn things fast enough

5 Common Challenges

  • Time for learning – hard to find time in the day to keep up with technology
  • Fear of new technology
  • Reluctance to learn  – stubbornness
  • Feeling overwhelmed – number of devices, always changing
  • Lack of training resources –

Come up with solutions to make it easier and meet those challenges


  • Learn as community – can learn more and faster when we work together
  • Make it Fun – how can we motivate people?

Parts of the process

  • Identify proficiencies needed
  • Set goals
  • Identify resources
  • Create a system – you can make it a process… a thing that always happens


  • Social Networking:  Familiar with social networking tools, understand privacy issues, edit options and settings, upload content such as photos and videos
  • Don’t have to know in depth, just have to know in general.  Have to know general concepts, not everything about it.  Help break it down.  Would never tell a patron you won’t help them find a book…should be the same with technology.

Goal Setting

  • Goal isn’t so overwhelming, when broken down into parts.  Set a goal.  Break it up into little chunks.  Each part can be a goal. Not scary or overwhelming.  Accomplishing things makes you feel better…  Make a list so you can cross it off.  Being done with something makes us feel good about accomplishing the next bunch of stuff.


  • Digital Learn – 3 parts.  You can learn things from it.  eModules.  Little modules that go through basic and some advanced stuff.  Already set out for you.  Also a teaching section for this. Community Section.
  • Onguard Online – What is safe?  How to avoid scams
  • – can remote into computers or screencasting, screen sharing.
  • Storybird – Powerful tool to take an adult that can type and a kid that has a story to work together on creating a story.  Social… fun… Can share stories.

Create a System:

  • If you make it a system or habit it will become easier.  Will be easier to find time for it.
  • Activity Card Example
    • I will learn this skill
    • I will learn this by…
    • I will use these learning resources
    • I will share what I learned by…
      • don’t have to share with a big group
      • Sharing is sometimes the more important part.
      • Don’t have to be an expert to teach a class to the public.
      • When you teach someone else something… you learn it better.

How can we make learning/new technology more fun

  • Tech Petting Zoo
  • Tech Tuesday & Walk in Wednesday – bring in devices and ask questions
  • Scavenger Hunt – have to find the answer somewhere on the internet
  • Give staff badges/stickers when they help patron answer a certain type of question
  • Give people time off or helping patrons
  • iPhone support group (expert support group)
  • Virtual trip through Google Earth
  • Chocolate
  • Tie it to personal interest
  • Giveaways/Reward

What comes next??

  • Share these ideas
  • Try something new – could even do this yourself if the whole org doesn’t.
  • Develop a process – maybe just start one part
  • Make learning fun

Make a pledge…

  • What will you do at your library?  What struck you as something you should do right now at your library?  Big or small?






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What We Talk About When We Talk About Apps #arsl2014

Jeffrey Stoffer and Bacon (puppet).  Library Apps Tumblr 

YouTube Page

September 5, 2014

11:00 am

*I’ll go back in and add links to the apps

7.5 (therapy dog .5) staff members.  Started with 4 staff.  

App addict

iPad dropped on his lap and they said, “Fill it!”

imls grant..  iPad parties.  Filled it with tons of apps.  Became obsessed with apps.  Bought his own iPad.  

Seems like an app is perfect, but is missing something or is too expensive.  WAIT!  There may be something else that comes along soon that is perfect AND free.  

Tumblr…  150 apps… 200 apps by end of year. Made sure all apps are available that he’s going to show.  

App Issues: (what he wants ppl to know)

  • Size – some are cool… but HUGE.  Most libraries have the smaller iPads or tablets.  
  • Ad’s a go-go – make him crazy.  Try to buy some without ads.  (turn off wifi if possible.  will help get rid of ads.)
  • in-app purchases (candycrush they’re awful… but chapters or book addons may be great because you own those chapters)
  • App’s disappearing from the app store 

App Hoarding:

Spends less than $100 a year on apps… really tries to get free ones.…

keywords on tumblr

Social Networking

  • Have social networking iPad.  Entire month’s worth of networking at one time
  • HootSuite – Facebook, Twitter all in one place. Can pre-write content and schedule to post.  


  • Futuele
  • Fingertip Maestro – in app purchases for add-ons
  • Traktor DJ – play music at an event.  Or want to play music for kids.  Made mixes for C is for Cookie, etc Chitty Chitty Bang, bang
  • Educreations Interactive Whiteboard – can record on whiteboard and unlimited space.  Has pictures you can use and you can draw on it.    C for Cow…  C for Cat…  Letter of the day.  Cool Cat
    • Can archive creationsEducrations: his profile 453293 – his number
  • What Says?  Identification Fun.  What does the fox say?  
  • Tiny Tap – can use other ppl’s games or make your own games
  • Endless Alphabet
  • Dr. Seuss 1  – Picture Book Collection.  Can touch the words and things.  

Reading Programs:

  • Comixology
  • Raz-Kids – reading A-Z subscription based.  Short readers go from preschool – 5th grade.  Can read to yourself, listen to yourself read it….  Level goes up as they read.  Use it to read to Buddy their therapy reading dog. 
  • 3:15 – Patrick Carman’s Tales from the Crypt type of story.  Reading in the dark program.  Has scary video ending at end.  All take turns reading at their own level.  No one can see them while they’re reading in the dark and know where they are.  Turn off all their sound…  
  • Madefire – Moving comic books with sound.   Get first for free and then buy more
  • Horrible Hauntings – apps free you pay for the accompanying book.  They bought 10 books for a program.   
  • Rory’s Store Cubes – create stories with picture cubes.  can get real ones, too.  
  • Puppet Pals HD Director’s Pass – get pre-made cartooney stuff with director’s pass.  Can make videos with pictures 
  • Paper – drawing app.  Feels really fluid.  Some of the other apps likes this are clunky feeling.  
  • Animator – create flipbooks


  • Om Nom Candy Flick – Augmented reality with play.   Print out picture and when the iPad sees it will show up in the play
  • Toca Hair Salon 2 – can create haircuts
  •  can research about apps and rate them.  Is it fun?  Does it work?  
  • Badland – game.  Stay alive as long as possible

Problem Solving

  • Bad Piggies HD – build mechanical contraption to help pigs get through obstacle course.  easy to get into ads unfortunately. But worh it…
  • Scribblenauts – good for writing and learning vocabulary.  Great on the computer, too.  Solve problems by creating things.  Can create anything you want.  (flying plaid robot, scary unicorn, flying green beaver)

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Tablet Slinging Librarians

September 4, 2014

3:00 pm

Leah Kulikrowski

Used to work at Wamego Public Library in Wamego, Kansas.  Serves about 5000 people.

Library purchased equipment over three years.  Did all of it through grant, memorial, and donation money.

How to use tablets differently in the library.

How does the audience use tablets?:  Checkout to patrons, children’s programming, tech classes (training), volunteer staff uses them in staff (cataloging, inventory, etc), mp3 portion for storytimes

How Wamego uses them:
Credit Card Transactions, roving reference and mobile checkout, lookup catalog station, inventory, storytime, program registrations.

Credit card transactions:

  • Square reader
  •  Send square reader free.  Plug into tablet and it takes credit card transaction.  Need a tablet and a square reader (and a policy).
  • Charges 2.75% per swipe.  Transactions have to be at least a dollar.
  • Patrons giving more money and paying off more fines because they take credit/debit cards
  • Can setup categories. They setup class fees, donations, new card, lost & paid…
  • Can ask if they want the receipt emailed, sent via text, or no receipt.

Roving Reference:

  • Tablet toolbelt so they can wear the tablet.    Help patrons find a book and then ask more questions.  Much more likely to ask follow-up questions.
  • Patrons more likely to ask questions about tech question if they have a tablet in their hand and see them using it.  More signups for tech training as well.
  • Startup: Tablet and carrying case. Tried aprons first.  1.  Not comfortable to sit in.  2.  Male staff members not thrilled about wearing apron.
  • HipNotions Tool Betls LLC through etsy.  Easy to keep everything in one place.
  • suggests case with handstrap

Mobile Checkouts:

  • Tablet
  • Blutetooth Barcode Scanner
  • Carrying Case
  • Need to have ILS system that will work on tablet.  (works with koha and AG).  ILS systems moving towards this trend.
  • Patrons think it’s pretty cool
  • Really convenient.  Can pay fines, etc.
  • Bluetooth Barcode Scanner (keep it attached to toolbelt because it’s pretty expensive.  About $300).
  • Can checkout books at other venues fairs, etc (need wifi).
  • How do patrons identify staff with tablet?  (usually staff wearing toolbelt.. )

Lookup tablet:

Tablet mounted to wall. Tried it in children’s room first.

Want to get at least a 10 inch tablet.  Smaller tablets are too small.

Kids love tablet.  Tried it without parental controls. (Kids were taking pictures, bringing up YouTube videos, etc).  Ended up locking it down more.  Bought Kidsplace app. Put in whitelist. Put in amazon, lib website, and ILS.

Can use voice to search for books!!!!  (click in search bar, click on voice, talk.. )

Need to have near outlet to charge.  Had to pay to put outlet in.  Charge it at night.

Music for storytime:

  • Tablet
  • Bluetooth Speaker (got a Bose speaker donated.  Can find cheaper versions)
  • Great for use in the park, going to school
  • Great to not use cd’s.  You can just but the one song you’re looking for.  Can make a playlist for storytime.
  • Can also use pandora or other streaming music service

Storytime Apps:

  • Tablet
  • Chromecast
  • TV
  • Cast app onto tv during storytime
  • Use app that plays sounds and they have to guess what the sound is (firetruck sound, etc) (Touch and Learn App)
  • Peter Rabbit Popup Book App


  • Tablet
  • Bluetooth Scanner
  • Not tied to the tablet or scanner
  • Took twenty five minutes to inventory audiobook section.  (Inventory doesn’t have to be a huge project)

Program Registrations:

Google Drive and Google Forms (Summer Reading Registration)

Summer Reading in Park (Signed up ppl in the park quickly)

Leah’s Blog:  Sunflowerstorytime 

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