What is Plinkit?
Plinkit stands for "Public Library Interface Kit." Plinkit is a web-authoring environment for public libraries, including a starter template for a basic public library website. Using Plinkit, a public library can easily create a website to give its patrons web-based access to information about the library and selected online resources. Plinkit allows the library's staff members to maintain the library website quickly and easily, without learning HTML and without purchasing special equipment or software.
When a library’s Plinkit website is first created, it already contains a wealth of useful information and tools for patrons. Library staff can add library-specific information, create new pages, add more resources to existing pages, post news items and create a calendar with event announcements. Built-in tools allow staff to build a searchable list of community organizations and a digital photo album. A private area can hold staff-only information and a staff events calendar.
Plinkit is based on the Plone content managment system.
Who is Plinkit?
Plinkit is a multi-state collaborative project including the state libraries in Colorado, Illinois, Michigan, Oregon, Virginia, and Texas, funded by the participating organizations The point of contact for Texas is the Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC). While the Texas regional library systems existed, they assisted TSLAC with Plinkit support at the regional and local level. NTLP was the point of contact for Plinkit support for the NTRLS area.
Plinkit websites for Texas libraries are hosted on a TSLAC server, with the hardware and software infrastructure maintained by TSLAC. There is no cost to the library for the service, except (optionally) the cost of registering a website domain name, which would be paid to the domain registrar.
With library systems no longer funded as of 8/31/2012, NTLP is still able to provide Plinkit support but must charge fees in order to recover the staff costs for providing the service. We understand that some libraries are unable or unwilling to pay for support. These libraries are welcome to contact TSLAC directly or to use the other Plinkit support resources listed on this page.
Other Plinkit Support Resources
Texas Plinkit resources
- texas.plinkit.org is the Texas project website
- Plinkit User's Manual and other helpful resources.
- Video tutorials
- Texas Plinkit email mailing list for notices about server outages, online training events, and other Plinkit news
- For support in Texas, contact TSLAC Library Technology Consultant Henry Stokes.
From other states
- From Colorado Libraries - training materials (including videos), marketing tools, website content ideas, and PlinkiTips newsletter
- From Michigan Plinkit - recorded webinars, and tips
- From Illinois Plinkit - videos and other training materials,
- From Oregon Plinkit - presentations about Plinkit and Plone
- From Virginia Plinkit - Quick Guide and FAQ
- New materials may have been added; check the Plinkit project sites to see what resources are available.
From the Plinkit Collaborative
- The Plinkit Collaborative website has a blog and news announcements about the national Plinkit project.
NTLP (and former NTRLS) Plinkit Libraries
Baylor County Free Library in Seymour
Bowie Public Library
Boyce Ditto Public Library in Mineral Wells
Burkburnett Public Library
Chico Public Library
Dublin Public Library
East Parker County Library in Aledo
Edwards Public Library in Henrietta
Electra Public Library
Forest Hill Public Library
Gladys Johnson Ritchie Public Library in Jacksboro
Joshua School and Public Library
Justin Community Library
Kennedale Public Library
Krum Public Library
Lake Cities Library in Lake Dallas
Nocona Public Library
North Texas Library Consortium
Pilot Point Community Library
Richland Hills Public Library
Sanger Public Library
Springtown Public Library
The Colony Public Library
Venus Community Library
Allen Memorial Public Library in Hawkins
Bertha Voyer Memorial Public Library in Honey Grove
Whitewright Public Library
Other Texas Libraries using Plinkit