Plinkit: Web Sites Designed for
Small and Rural Libraries
Sonya Schryer Norris
Library of Michigan
Free Web site and hosting
Training and support
Professional, customized look
Where Did Plinkit Come From?
2003 LSTA grant in Oregon to specialize
Web site development software for libraries
Designed for small and rural libraries
But LSTA prefers to provide seed money…
In 2006 it opened up to other states, now 22 in
Why Would You Participate?
Does your library need a Web site but you
don't have the time or resources to build one
Or perhaps you don’t have a staff member
with expertise in HTML?
Then Plinkit is for you!
Already Have a Site?
Does your library have a Web site but it's
difficult to maintain?
Do you have to pay someone to maintain or
Do you want a more professional look?
Do you think your Web site could be doing
more for you and your patrons?
Then Plinkit is for you!
What’s In It for Your
century library presence
The ability to search your catalog from
home (where applicable)
The ability to access hours/location and
other basic information about your library
Plinkit Has All of This
Stop Solution in
All of These Areas
Why Did the Library of Michigan
Plinkit is optimized for libraries
Plinkit is backed by a nation
collaborative of library agencies
Plinkit is customizable in Michigan
Plinkit Is Easy to Use
Plinkit refers to the software that powers the
It’s called a Content Management System
Content Management System?
It’s the Easy Way to Create a Web
Site and Most Professional Sites Are
Powered by Them and Guess Who
Yes that’s right, the
FBI and the CIA
A Content Management System…
Allows you to edit content with controls similar to
you don’t need to know HTML
and you don’t need special software.
Sets the look of the pages so they are consistent
Gives the site a tailored, professional appearance
Provides advanced features
It’s About How It Works
A CMS controls the back
end of a Web site:
how it works.
Web sites built on the same content
management system can look very different
Content on the Site?
There will be a template and state
information and features such as the MeL
logo and selected MeL databases but you
control the content.
How Will My Site Look?
To start, pick from among 16 different color
Next, choose from among a selection of
designs for your banner
Coming in the next years will be completely
new “looks and feels” for Plinkit sites.
Let’s Take a Look at the Color
Schemes Currently Available
What Else Can Plinkit
Provide to My Library?
Plinkit will have support materials like
press releases and other marketing supplies
Plinkit will have state
and a community of Michigan libraries to
share the joy with
Plinkit will have the resources of a nation
wide consortium backing up our sites
Where Are We in
Michigan with This?
I’m glad you asked!
What Did the Advisory
The Advisory Committee met for two full
days of training, Web site work and
consideration of policies and procedures.
The result of their work on policies and
procedures was approved by State Librarian
let’s view it at
What Do I Need to Supply to the
Library of Michigan?
In order to set up your site we’ll need
information such as:
Selecting a color scheme
Selecting a banner
Making decisions about which staff members
have access to your site
Choosing a URL
Do you have staff that will be dedicated to
the Web site development process? The
entire process could require as much as 30
hours over a 3
month period. Changes to
site after development are on
Staff Travel for Training: Training consists
one three hour training. Can you dedicate 1
2 staff members for this training? Training
locations will be held throughout the state.
Ongoing Web Site Development: Will you
dedicate staff to maintain the Web site once
it is up and running?
Do you have a staff member willing to
serve on the Michigan Plinkit Advisory
Committee for one year?
This is NOT a screen question, we are simply
trying to find people who would like to serve
on the advisory committee.
Contact Sonya Schryer Norris
Follow this project at www.michlibrary.org