Plinkit, which stands for Public Library Interface Kit, is a multi-state collaborative that uses an uncomplicated template-based web site creation toolkit, is delighted to announce it has added a ninth organization as a member. The Library of Michigan has joined Colorado, Illinois, Oregon and Texas, in addition to recent members such as the Library of Virginia, INCOLSA, PALINET and NEBASE. Plinkit provides libraries with a tool to deliver web resources and services, including features such as catalog and database access points, a calendar of events, RSS feeds, library news, ROI calculators and much more (see

The Plinkit system is built using Plone, an open-source content management system. Pages are created and edited right through the web, using built-in text editors, image galleries and other powerful features that make it easy for library staff to keep their content current. Jim Duncan, the chair of the Plinkit Collaborative Steering Committee says, “Even small libraries with limited funding and staff can maintain a professional looking web site that serves their customers 24/7 with online library resources.” This versatile platform can even deliver videos or slideshows.

Plinkit was a co-recipient of the 2008 ASCLA Leadership and Professional Achievement Award at ALA Conference in Anaheim this year where it was recognized as an innovative, multi-state technology project with significant impact on libraries and communities across a broad section of America. The Plinkit Collaborative is a pioneering initiative as it is the first collaborative technology project of its kind among state library and regional agencies.

According to State Librarian Nancy R. Robertson, Plinkit is right in line with the Library of Michigan’s goal of using Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) dollars to help local libraries statewide deliver the best in library service to Michigan residents.

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