Introduction to Information Technologies

This is a Portfolio of coursework completed in LIS 2600
University of Pittsburgh Library and Information School
MLIS program, fall 2012
Dr. Christinger Tomer, Professor
Elwood Yoder

In LIS 2600 Elwood Yoder:

  • Created a Mendeley.com research account, which is a collaborative center for researchers and scientists 
    • uploaded twenty-five scholarly articles on library and archival computing
    • installed and used Mendeley Desktop with an accompanying web-based interface


  • Established a Zotero.com account, which is a bibliographic information management system
    • established a Zotero Standalone research account, linked to a web-based Firefox account
    • loaded twenty-five citations on open source computing for education and libraries


  • Recorded on Jing, a screencasting computer program that is useful for virtual reference services in libraries
    • made a five minute video with audio narrative that compares Mendeley and Zotero
    • uploaded Elwood Yoder's Jing video to Screencast.com for web viewing

  • Used Drupal.org, an open source content management system
    • created a hyperlinked review of open source content management systems in Libraries and Archives in the USA
    • provided examples of archives and libraries that use Drupal

    • Content Management Systems In Libraries And Archives

    • The California State University Library in San Marcos set up a Drupal website for their 20th anniversary celebration. A digital portfolio of the library’s history, the site runs on a content management system that is growing in usage by libraries and archives. The photo essay about the library’s history works quite well, and is established in a free and open source content management system.

      Some content management systems operate within proprietary software installed on your server or host. More popular content management systems for libraries and archives use open source versions, mainly because they are free to use. Joomla, Drupal, and WordPress are three of the most well-known and widely used, though there are many others available.

      The Monmouth County Library in New Jersey recently began powering its library website with Joomla. According to Web Technology Surveys, Joomla is used by 8.8% of all websites that use content management systems, just slightly ahead of Drupal at 7%. WordPress is used by 54.3% of all websites that use content management systems.

      Joomla operates with a three-tiered system and uses plugins, modules, components, and certain templates. Joomla is not for a novice or one who is squeamish about learning and working with open source software. The author experimented with Joomla about three years ago and found the steep learning curve prohibitive to further use. The author’s home church web site, which he helps to oversee, is going to drop the use of Joomla because a series of church secretaries have been unable to learn the relatively complex system.

      Dickinson College Archives and Special Collections, Carlisle, PA, uses Drupal to power its web site. The archival site works very well, with a photo repository, many links and an image archive that is under construction. Dickinson Archives includes documents that can be examined online with substantial and complete metadata.

      While Drupal is relatively easy to learn and use, WordPress appears to be the open source content management of choice for a growing number of libraries. Relatively easy to use, WordPress offers a powerful blog capability that makes it attractive in the Web 2.0 environment where multiple users might contribute to the library’s content management system. According to Jones and Farrington, the advantages of WordPress compared to other content management systems are flexibility, ease of start-up, it allows for web-based administration, staff can share the workload, it’s easy to keep content fresh, communication is boosted by the commenting feature, WordPress is extendable, and it can be updated from one’s mobile device.

      Some libraries and Special Collections prefer to operate with commercially powered content management systems, but increasing numbers are turning to Drupal, Joomla, WordPress, or lesser known packages like Apache, Liferay, or Mambo. The possibilities are endless for librarians and archivists who are willing to initiate, learn, and publish.


  • Made a collection in ePrints, an open source software for archiving research documents
    •  researched fifteen articles on "open access publishing and digital library issues"
    • included these fifteen articles on ePrints.org
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11 Nov 2012 20:56ArticleBy Digitizing, Are We Trading Future Accessibility for Current Availability?Live Archive
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11 Nov 2012 20:50ArticleLibraries in Today's Digital Age: The Copyright ControversyLive Archive
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11 Nov 2012 20:50ArticleDo You Speak Digital?Live Archive
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11 Nov 2012 20:50Book SectionDigital LibrariesLive Archive
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11 Nov 2012 20:49ArticleCollege Students' Misunderstandings about Copyright Laws for Digital Library ResourcesLive Archive
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11 Nov 2012 20:49ArticleRisk Assessment and Copyright in Digital LibrariesLive Archive
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11 Nov 2012 20:49ArticleLibraries, Digital Content, and CopyrightLive Archive
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11 Nov 2012 20:49ArticleDigital Preservation: The Library PerspectiveLive Archive
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11 Nov 2012 20:49ArticleLibrary Space and Digital ChallengesLive Archive
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11 Nov 2012 20:49Book SectionEstablishing the Digital Library: don’t ignore the library standards and don’t forget the training needed.Live Archive
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  • Activated an account on Koha, an open-source integrated library system
    • cataloged fifteen bibliographic book items related to church history books
    • included MARC records for each book from Library of Congress with Z39.50 search
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  Title Author Date Added  

Margaret's print shop : Yoder, Elwood, 10/30/2012 Holds

Through fire & water : Loewen, Harry. 10/30/2012 Holds

We're marching to Zion : Yoder, Elwood E. 10/30/2012 Holds

The Beachy Amish Mennonite Fellowship churches / Yoder, Elmer S. 10/30/2012 Holds

Celebrating God's faithfulness / Yoder, Elmer S. 10/30/2012 Holds

From das Buchenland to the Beech / Yoder, Elmer S. 10/30/2012 Holds

I saw it in The Budget / Yoder, Elmer S. 10/30/2012 Holds

Simon L. & Lydia E. Yoder : Yoder, Elmer S. 10/30/2012 Holds

History of Mennonites in Virginia. Brunk, Harry Anthony. 10/30/2012 Holds

David Heatwole and his descendants / Brunk, Harry Anthony. 10/30/2012 Holds

Mennonites, Amish, and the American Civil War / Lehman, James O. 10/30/2012 Holds

A history of the Amish / Nolt, Steven M., 10/30/2012 Holds

Shenandoah religion : Longenecker, Stephen L., 10/30/2012 Holds

An Introduction to Mennonite history :
10/30/2012 Holds

Peace, faith, nation : Schlabach, Theron F. 10/30/2012 Holds
  • Exhibited on Omeka, a free online open source web publishing system for online digital archives
  • Built a WordPress.org blog 
    • includes a current resume of Elwood Yoder
    • hosts a Jing presentation and an Omeka Collection


  • Learned basics of HTML and CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) to produce this web page which was mounted on a server for public display
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