July 26, 2007

Plinkit? What is that??

Flippantly, it's the project I walked in the door as the Project Coordinator (with no clue) that was expected to do a state-wide roll-out of 100+ libraries by the end of the year. So, within 2 weeks of being at my new job, I was off for a week attending Plone administrator bootcamp.

(Really, Plinkit (Public Library Interface Kit) is a Content Management System offered to empower small rural libraries in creating intuitive, dynamic websites with little effort and no technical expertise.)

Some much simplified background --

Oregon created a product that allowed libraries to choose from a variety of templates placed on top of PLONE - an open source CMS. Oregon, Colorado, Texas, and Illinois have come together in a collaborative to distribute the product to public libraries throughout those states.

In our state, we have the State Library which grant funds the Library Regional Systems. So, the first order of business was to train all of the technical contacts at the Systems offices, which was conducted in late April. Those technical contacts have been in charge of getting the libraries in their region up on Plinkit. To date, we have 7 or 8 live sites.