Content and Workflow Management for Library Websites: Case Studies

Content and Workflow Management for Library Websites: Case Studies

Holly Yu (California State University, Los Angeles, USA)
Release Date: December, 2004|Copyright: © 2005 |Pages: 282
ISBN13: 9781591405337|ISBN10: 1591405335|EISBN13: 9781591405351|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-533-7


Using database-driven web pages or web content management (WCM) systems to manage increasingly diverse web content and to streamline workflows is a commonly practiced solution recognized in libraries to-day. However, limited library web content management models and funding constraints prevent many libraries from purchasing commercially available WCM systems. And, the lack of much needed technical expertise in building in-house WCM systems presents a great challenge for libraries of all types. Content and Workflow Management for Library Websites: Case Studies provides practical and applicable web content management solutions through case studies. It contains successful database-to-web applications as employed in a variety of academic libraries. The applications vary in scope and cover a range of practical how-to-do-it examples from database-driven web development, locally created web content management systems, systems for distributing content management responsibilities, dynamic content delivery, to open source tools, such as MySQL and PHP to manage the content. Issues and challenges associated with the development process are discussed. Authors will also discuss detours, sand traps, and missteps necessary to a real learning process.

Reviews and Testimonials

This book features many supporting tools...such as questions and answers, lessons learned, and a list of additional sources. The entire collection of articles is impressive and leads to a comprehensive understanding of the web [content] management. We hope to see more books along these lines.

– Daisy Jacobs, University of Pretoria, South Africa, in Journal of Digital Information Management, Volume 3, Number 1

The complexity of Web systems in libraries demands a structured system beyond what can be achieved with static HTML pages. [content] and Workflow Systems for Library Websites will help librarians implement systems to bring order to their rapidly-changing environment. Holly Yu and her colleagues demystify [content] management systems and put them into a context that will be familiar to librarians. Case studies illustrate technologies found in a variety of library environments. Libraries with varying technology tools at their disposal will appreciate the approach adopted by [content] and Workflow Systems for Library Websites. Whether one manages a site that is simple or highly complex, this book will inspire librarians to bring structure and order to their creations."

– John Duke, Virginia Commonwealth University Libraries, USA

There isn't a weak chapter in here, which is very unusual for a collection of this nature, and that must be due to the work of Holly Yu. I can recommend this book to anyone interested in web [content] management for libraries.

– Philip Calvert, Victoria University of Wellington (New Zealand), in Electronic Library 23(5)

"Overall, [[content] and Workflow Management for Library Web Sites: Case Studies] covers a wide range of customized approaches to creating WCM systems for libraries, and would benefit those charged with library we site development or anyone who is interested in moving toward a web [content] management model. It is highly recommended for academic library professional collections."

– Sherri Vokey, University of Nevada - Las Vegas, USA, in Public Services Quarterly, Volume 2, Number 1

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Author(s)/Editor(s) Biography

Holly Yu, MLIS, is Web Administrator and reference librarian at the University Library, California State University, Los Angeles. She coordinates the development and maintenance of the Library’s web site, and is heavily involved in designing and testing web interfaces for the library. She also provides curricular support, library instruction and reference services to students and faculty. She is the author of “Web Accessibility and the Law: Recommendations for Implementation” (Library Hi Tech, vol 20 no.4). She has presented at American Library Association conferences and regional conferences, as well as the Internet Librarians’ conference on the topics of web site usability and library web development. She is active in the Library Information & Technology Association (LITA) and the American Library Association (ALA).