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

From other states

From the Plinkit Collaborative


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

Libraries around the U.S. using Plinkit (map)