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About Polly

Biographical info for workshops:

Polly-Alida Farrington is a consultant and the owner of PA Farrington Associates, with nearly 20 years of experience providing technology related training, web project development and consulting services to libraries, library systems and schools. Prior to starting PA Farrington Associates, Polly was an Associate Librarian at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY with 17 years experience in reference, government documents, ILL and technology.

She has a keen interest in how libraries & schools are using technology and adapting to change, and loves helping people explore emerging technologies and assess how technology can help deliver better services to customers. Recent projects have focused on developing information and digital literacy skills in library and school staff and have  included the delivery of Learning 2.0 programs to over a dozen library systems including public, school and multi-type systems.

Polly is the co-author, with Kyle Jones,  of the ALA Library Technology Report on WordPress for Libraries and an ALA Editions book: Learning from Libraries that Use WordPress: Content-Management System Best Practices and Case Studies.  When not in front of a computer, she can be found in her garden trying to help things grow or traveling. You can visit Polly’s website at: http://www.pafa.net

What’s this site about?
This site contains updates on projects that I’m working on and interesting resources (old and new) that I run across and find useful.

If you’re looking for the resources I use in classes, check out my wiki.

You can contact me at: polly at pafa dot net

5 Comments

  1. Scott Voth says:

    Hi Polly – I work for the CUNY Academic Commons. We noticed that you and Kyle Jones recently published “Using WordPress as a Library Content Management System,” and that it mentioned the CUNY Academic Commons. I try to update a page on our site called “Commons Buzz” (http://news.commons.gc.cuny.edu/commons-buzz/) that tracks reviews of our site. I would like to include your article, but I can’t seem to find a free, full-text version in our library databases. Would it be possible to send me a copy (or just an excerpt of the section which mentioned the Commons)? Thank you very much!

    1. pollyalida says:

      Hi Scott, the report is now available as full text through Ebsco and Gale. It’s the April 2011 issue of “Library Technology Reports”. If you like, I’d be happy to ask for a review copy for you.

  2. Cecelia Becker says:

    I cannot find you address!!! Hope you remember me. I am in Michigan. My father has had a stroke and I being his only relative am now in Michigan. I cannot attend Wednesday but I really need the info for wordpress two. Can I have access to the notes? PLEASE Our pAGE is up but needs help http://www.somerspubliclibrary.org. Thanks Polly

    1. pollyalida says:

      Just sent you an email. Hope all goes well with your dad. Thinking of you both.

  3. Susan says:

    Hi Polly,

    I was at NYLA and attended your session. You mentioned a slide-scanning service you use but I did not write down the name of it. Can you either post it here or email it to me please?

    Thank you,
    Susan

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