Content Management Systems

What do websites such as: Drupal, WordPress, and Joomla  have in common?

They are Content Management Systems (CMSs), and they are becoming an excellent alternative for businesses and organizations to build complex websites without the hassle of learning to code.

Web surfers, such as myself, may have come across the phrase Content Management System (CMS); but what exactly is a Content Management System? A Content Management System is a program that enables users to add content to their websites quickly with little fuss (see article entitled An Introduction to Website Building Software). Users can create their own blogs or webpages and add all sorts of custom designs, widgets, and applications. CMS programs, such as, WordPress give users freedom to design their website or blog to their liking; and, depending on the user, they can employ coding skills to add more originality to their webpage. According to a survey taken by W3Techs, about 23.1% of all websites use WordPress, followed by Joomla (3.0%), and Drupal (1.9%).

For in-depth information on content management systems click here to view a video tutorial and lesson.

So, what does this information have to do with libraries? It turns out many libraries across the United States are using CMS programs to create websites with a variety of features. In this day and age,  libraries are expected to create websites that give their patrons access to e-books, research databases, music downloads, audiobooks, online classes, and webinars. According to Library Success, the advantages to using CMSs to build a library website include: separation of content logic and data; more than one user can access and edit a CMS created website, easier or automatic integration of Web 2.0 tools, and cool add-ons to enhance the functionality of the website.

The links below will show you the number of libraries using content management systems:

Bringing My Blog Back to Life

Wow, it’s been a long time since I’ve made any new entries, my statistics have completely flat-lined.


I apologize for my silence, things have been a bit crazy and I was suffering from a critical case of Writer’s Block.


 I’m going to work on a new post sometime this week, in the mean time I must ask you guys, “what should my next post be on?

Let me know 🙂

Welcome to My Blog


If you’re here you either have an interest in libraries or you just stumbled upon my blog by accident, either way I’m glad your here.

So what is this blog about? Well it’s about many things, but the focus is going to be on libraries and anything else library and information science (LIS) related and how the LIS field can make an impact U.S. communities.

Now you guys may be wondering, “why libraries, haven’t they become obsolete in the digital age?” My answer to that is yes and no. Libraries are evolving, people can’t just look at libraries as merely repositories for books, because that concept is becoming obsolete, however, librarians and information professionals are increasingly becoming active in their community, and as a result libraries are becoming more like community centers. For example, there are some libraries that are already offering patrons access to maker spaces and 3D printers. Therefore, people should start looking at libraries as places of learning and community development, and not just repositories for various materials.

I’m not going to look at the issues surrounding libraries with a rosy lens, I understand that state governments have slashed funding for libraries (and other government programs) in the past, and that there aren’t as many jobs for library science graduates as there were ten to twenty years ago. My goal is to look at the current issues and analyze them, perhaps there may be a silver lining. In addition to libraries I want to look at issues surrounding information technology (i.e. privacy, keeping the Internet open, Internet safety, expanding broadband, etc.). Perhaps there is a way for librarians and information professionals to contribute to the betterment of technology access beyond just showing someone how to get on the Internet.

Comments, corrections, and ideas are welcome, however, I will not tolerate any hateful messages or any acts of Internet trolling. Everyone has a right to voice their opinions, but please be respectful.