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 and hosting solution. Over 100 libraries in Michigan use Ploud.
- It includes an advanced calendar, event registration software, carousels, the ability to use drag and drop elements to create your own page layouts, Google mapping for your library location, and more.
- There is a minimal price tag for libraries. In 2017 and 2018, the cost to each library was $200. 55% of the total cost each year is paid for with Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) dollars.
- The vendor maintains a searchable, online repository of articles to assist you in operating your site and staffs a year-round help desk reachable online or by phone.
- The Library of Michigan conducts regional, in-person training in the fall of most years.
- Ploud provides an easy-to-learn, easy-to-update website template with four different themes and multiple color schemes. It is designed for libraries without specialized technology staff but is easily expandable. Most libraries who use Ploud are class 1-3 but Michigan has several larger library systems that make good use of Ploud.
- The technology "heavy lifting" of security and product updates is done by the vendor, Enfold Systems.
- You can find more about Ploud, including the Michigan libraries that use this product, at http://www.michlibrary.org/.
The LM is currently accepting new libraries into the program. Contact Sonya Schryer Norris at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.