Annotated Bibliography

This annotated bibliography is a list of sources – some general, others more specific – which will help you become more involved in this discussion.


  1. Brazell, A., & Jaquith, M. (2011). WordPress bible. 2nd ed. Indianapolis, IN: Wiley.


This is the best tutorial to learn about WordPress. It includes all of the knowledge about utilizing WordPress such as exploring the principles of blogging, marketing, and social media interaction, etc.


  1. Jones, K. M. L, & Farrington, P. (2013). Learning from libraries that use WordPress: content-management system best practices and case studies. Chicago: American Library Association.


This book is like a broader version of their Technology Report on WordPress. Jones and Farrington offer an overview to how WordPress works and they also provide some advices for the most efficient method to expand WordPress’ core functionalities through plugins. It’s a book to let Librarian professionals reveal how they used website in their work.


  1. Jones, K. M. L, & Farrington, P. (2011). Using WordPress as a library content management system. Chicago, IL: ALA TechSource.


This is a library technology report that introduces how to provide simple access to the patrons of libraries. It consists all the information that a library would need during the process of using WordPress to build a library content management system.

Online Resources

  1. Farkas, M. (2008). Our new website is a blog: Using wordpress for content management. American Libraries, 39(9), 45.


The article introduces how to use WordPress as a content management website in a web 2.0 era and it mainly tells readers that WordPress allows for the creation and management of blog posts and static pages, and thus can be used by librarians to post both timely and permanent content.


  1. Goksoy, R. (2011). WordPress system for information centers. Bilgi Dunyasi / Information World, 12(2), 421-427.


This article claims that systems such as WordPress allow creation of a blog/internet website by sub-domain method and give required technical support to people by their admin panels. These facilities provide new opportunities such as communicating with users on the web interactively, obtaining statistical data and publicizing the organization, for information centers.


  1. Grattan, L. (2013). Learning from libraries that use wordpress: Content-management system best practices and case studies. Voice of Youth Advocates, 36(2), 94-95.


The article reviews the book “Learning From Libraries That Use WordPress: Content-Management System Best Practices and Case Studies,” Kyle M. L. Jones and Polly-Alida Farrington. It may be able to give me a different point of view of the book.


  1. Jones, K. (2011). WordPress as Library CMS. American Libraries, 42(5/6), 34.


The article discusses the use of the electronic publishing platform WordPress as a tool for content management systems (CMS) in libraries. The authors argue that WordPress allows different library staff members separate design and maintenance tasks and contribute and edit to the site as needed without having to understand the more technical aspects to web site construction.


  1. Lackie, R. , & LeMasney, J. (2007). Blogger,, and their pseudoblog alternatives: A comparison of focus, features, and feel. Journal of Library Administration, 46(3-4), 139-180.


This article compares the focus, features, and feel (presentation, “themeability,” or layout) of Blogger and another major player in the no-cost blogging arena, In addition, this article briefly touches upon some “blogalikes” that perform some specialized pseudoblogging tasks.


  1. Patel, Shiv. (2014, Mar 31). The WordPress Theme Files Execution Hierarchy [Web log comment]. Retrieved from


This is a blog from WordPress that introduces the theme files execution hierarchy of the WordPress. It is an efficient way of learning about the website and a direct lecture for the librarians to be familiar with WordPress in a short time.


  1. Sennema, G. (2007). Using wordpress for our library blogs. Partnership: The Canadian Journal of Library and Information Practice and Research, 2(1).


The author describes the steps the Laurier Library followed in choosing WordPress as the blogging software for its web site.


  1. States News Service. (2012, March 20).What is WordPress and what can it do for your library? Learn all about it in new workshop. States News Service, Retrieved from


This newspaper article introduces the information such as topics and process about a workshop called: “WordPress Basics: What WordPress Can Do for Your Library”, which will be held by ALA TechSource. It might help me to know the advantages of utilizing WordPress as a librarian.


  1. States News Service. (2011, November 9). New ecourse will show you how to build library websites with WordPress. States News Service. Retrieved from


This newspaper article introduces a new e-course that created by ALA on using WordPress to build library websites. It might be helpful to get to know several practical methods of promoting library services with WordPress.

Course Materials

  1. José van Dijck, “Facebook as a tool for producing sociality and connectivity,” Television & New Media 13:2 (2012), pp. 160-176.


This article written by Jose van Dijck uses three storylines of the movie The Social Network (2010) as introduction to three main concepts: public sphere, private sphere and corporate sphere. Based on Jurgen Habermas’s theory of communication, the author discusses three key points on social media. First, the author does not agree that social media platforms inaugurate a new public sphere. Second, the article argues private sphere in social media, which challenges norms for personal communication and privacy laws. Finally, the author analyzes Facebook’s business model to illustrate corporate sphere in social media.


  1. Paul Levinson, “Blogging,” in New New Media (Boston: Allyn & Bacon, 2009), pp. 17-57.


This chapter, written by Paul Levinson, summarizes the different aspects of blogging and how this medium is dramatically different than traditional forms of publishing that have at least some level of interference between the writer and the audience. He gives an overview several features that are unique to blogging, such as the way that readers can actively participate by commenting and discussing the blog in a space that the blogger can read and moderate, and the way that bloggers can edit the content of their blogs after it’s been published.


  1. Lori Kido Lopez, “The radical act of ‘mommy blogging’: Redefining motherhood through the blogosphere,” New Media & Society 11:5 (2009), pp. 729-747.


In her article “The radical act of ‘mommy blogging’: redefining motherhood through the blogosphere”, Lori Kido Lopez tackles the interesting subject of females’ interactions with the blogosphere, particularly focusing on blogs written by women that have their personal lives as the subject, rather than blogs that focus on news, technology, politics or other subjects.


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