Ploud - Websites for small and rural libraries
Ploud (Public Libraries in the Cloud) is a feature-rich and easy to use library-specific website template used in a variety of states.
Ploud provides an easy-to-learn, easy-to-update website template with four different themes ("looks") that each have between four and a dozen color schemes. It is designed for libraries without specialized technology staff but it is easily expandable for libraries that wish to do more. Most libraries who use Ploud are single buildings but Michigan has several library systems with multiple branches who make good use of Ploud.
There is a minimal cost to the libraries with the remainder of the cost paid for with Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) dollars. LM conducts training around the state roughly once a year.
The technology "heavy lifting" of versioning, programming and product updates is done by the vendor, Enfold Systems.
The LM is currently accepting new applications for Ploud libraries in Michigan. Contact Sonya Schryer Norris at firstname.lastname@example.org or 517-373-4457 for more information.
For additional information, including example sites, see the program website at: http://michlibrary.org.
This project is supported in part by the Library of Michigan with federal funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.