I had a great time teaching my Drupal Basics for Libraries class for Lyrasis. It includes a good grounding in CMS basics, including how those differ from what many of us think of as traditional web design. Anyhow, the class will be repeated in June, so, just keep an eye out. This is not content that I can share, but I do remind you that I write (and share freely) on Drupal quite a bit. You can also email me questions and I will answer them as the question of the day, as I am able. I do love ♥ Drupal, although, I confess, I will always love the straight up blank notepad and coding. In terms of maintenance though: Drupal wins hands down.
Class size is limited. Live interactive demo, too!
As the Open Source and Free Software movements gain ground, more and more open-source options are becoming available to libraries. In this two-hour online class, will discuss what Open Source does and doesn’t mean, and will introduce a variety of different types of library applications (with an emphasis on web site tools) for which there are open-source versions available.
Yay, I’m teaching… (again)….
The Drupal community is eagerly anticipating the unwrapping of its newest version 7 release. While there is speculation on when the official release date will happen, the end result will be a number of significant enhancements. The underlying focus has been on improving usability. In fact, an internationally renowned design firm was engaged to spearhead the efforts and facilitate community based suggestions. Drupal has long been accused as more of a “developer friendly” platform when stacked against its counterparts in the CMS world. However, one can expect to see a number of differences in Drupal 7.
Hola! I’m chairing the ATHDrupal group and for now, I am just “helping” the EEATH group (I hope a Chair rises organically in the group).
ATHDrupal is a new regional Drupal group (forming out of the ashes of UGA Drupal Group). We would like to invite anyone interested in Drupal to join us. We hope to have some f2f meetings — perhaps, semesterly (and also, to connect up with DrupalAtlanta at some point).
Drupal is an opensource content management system.
You can join the Drupal group @
Additionally a new regional group has formed for the CMS, Expression Engine
If you have questions, just drop me a line. thanks, robin
I’m not trying to start a political discussion, but if you haven’t checked out the new website http://www.change.gov, it is kind of interesting in terms of the use of web2.0 technologies.
It includes a blog (with rss, of course), a mechanism to sign up for emails, a form to share stories or thoughts, and more (the blog includes youtube videos, too).
Contrary to the chatter about it being drupal run (I was hopeful!) , it’s expression engine (the search throttle screen and the rss feed gives it away….)
See (first clue; oh do I know this screen well):
and here’s the big giveaway:
As some of you know, I’ve been working with Drupal (opensource website content management system) for a while. I’ve built several websites in it, from an arts website to my portfolio.
I’ve also become part of the Drupal group on campus, just a group of like minded folks interested in Drupal.
At the first meeting I was asked (volunteered?) to demo the admin interface of Drupal and talk a little bit about Drupal. Using my brief Drupal overview which I put together for a few interested folks in the Libraries, I started fleshing out my documentation to encompass a wider audience.
As I was working on my presentation documentation, I was fortunate enough to receive the May/June 2008 issue of Library Technology Reports (ISSN 0024-2586), Drupal in Libraries by Andy Austin and Christopher Harris. Surprisingly enough, we covered a few of the same library sites as drupal examples, but the real value of Drupal in Libraries is that for each example site, there is an interesting interview from the library, which covers questions such as favorite features, challenges, and more of the new Drupal driven website.
Drupal in Libraries also provides a basic overview of terminology, which is easy to follow, even for a newbie to Drupal. Modules featured are discussed in more extensive detail than my list of most useful Drupal modules.
For those of you who are interested in Drupal and how it can be used in libraries, I definitely recommend Drupal in Libraries and of course, in a shameless bit of self promotion, you can read my Drupal writings, too.
Nice outline of pros and cons of two security models (closed vs. opensource), expression engine (ee) vs. drupal. Of course, lullabot also is closely tied to drupal, so take it for what it is worth.
I thought I would crosspost some of what I consider my most useful Drupal handout information from my demo and presentation for the UGADG. Of course, this doesn’t include the demo part at the moment! Maybe I will screencapture that part and add it in later. Another thing for the todo list! Anyhow, you can see the handouts here
..and now to the top ten (plus):
- Book: Built in (core) functionality to create a book-like structure with table of contents and linking pages. Pages can be hierarchical, too.
- BUEditor: HTML editor. Available at http://drupal.org/project/bueditor
- CCK (Construction Kit): Create new content types and more with non-standard fields. Available at http://drupal.org/project/cck
- Clone: Easily clone (could be useful if manually migrating a website). Available at http://drupal.org/project/node_clone
- Front: Create a splah page, flash based intro page, or create a front page which has a distinct and different feel from the rest of the website. Available at http://drupal.org/project/front
- Image: Useful in creating an image gallery; note content from third party applications (flickr, youtube, etc.) can be crosswalked via rss or modules. Available at http://drupal.org/project/image
- Metatags (aka Nodewords): Add meta information to a page. Available at http://drupal.org/project/nodewords
- Nodeteaser: Create a teaser for a node that’s different from the standard “first paragraph” Drupal teaser.Available at http://drupal.org/project/nodeteaser
- Panels: Preformatted templates for the content areas in Drupal.Available at http://drupal.org/project/panels
- Pathauto: Specify URLs that aren’t just node/xxx — say, /2008/blog/title-here. Another option is using mod_rewrite in apache. Available at http://drupal.org/project/pathauto
- Sidecontent: Adds a sidebar to pages. Available at http://drupal.org/project/sidecontent
- Upload: Built in (core) functionality to control the type of uploading allowed.
- Webform: Create webforms to solicit feedback from users. Available at http://drupal.org/project/webform
- Views: Build lists of content and present them in whatever format and order you want. Create custom lists, tables and teaser lists. Available at http://drupal.org/project/views
Import HTML: import html from existing website. Information available at http://cvs.drupal.org/viewvc.py/drupal/contributions/modules/import_html/import_html_help.htm?view=text&revision=HEAD
Access control & users:
- Captcha (or Recaptcha) – Antispam. User types in the text of a word. Available at http://drupal.org/project/captcha
- Diff: allows a wiki-like comparison of revisions (Drupal does have a built in ‘track’ feature for each user). Available at http://drupal.org/project/diff
- LDAP Integration for authenticating using a LDAP directory. Available at http://drupal.org/project/ldap_integration
- Organic Groups: granularity of user privileges (access levels; restrict content) which could be useful in hosted blogging or a large scale website with multiple content contributors. Available at http://drupal.org/project/og
- Secure pages: Adds https to login, admin pages. Available at http://drupal.org/project/securepages
- TinyMCE: wysiwyg editor for creating content. Need TinyMCE editor (third party, opensource) loaded first; then module. Available at http://drupal.org/project/tinymce
- Blog: Built in (core) blog functionality.
- Bibliography: Create and publish scholarly works. Available at http://drupal.org/project/biblio
- Community Tags: Allows users to create and assign their own tags to content. Available at http://drupal.org/project/community_tags
- Gmap: Build a googlemap for a single institution, library branch or a combined map with all of your locations. Available at http://drupal.org/project/gmap
- FAQ + fivestar: FAQ gives you a content type specifically for FAQs with the option to format how those questions are shown. Fivestar adds a a “rate this” block of stars underneath any content type you specify. It’s an instant FAQ section, and if you always categorize your questions, you’ll quickly put together a large FAQ section organized by topic. Available at http://drupal.org/project/faq and http://drupal.org/project/fivestar.
- Forum: Built-in (core) functionality for user forums.
- MARC: Import MARC formatted records (e.g., library catalog) into a node. Available at http://drupal.org/project/marc
- Nodequeue: Easily create lists of nodes, e.g., a list of book reviews which can incorporated into a block on the site. Available at http://drupal.org/project/nodequeue
- Poll: Built in (core) polling functionality. Easily create polls, surveys, quizzes, etc.
- Profile: Built in (core) fuctionality to create customizable profiles.
- ImageCache: Make as many copies of an image you want at any size depending on location or anything else you specify. Available at http://drupal.org/project/imagecache
- Scheduler: Publish and unpublish articles at a set time. Available at http://drupal.org/project/scheduler
- Tagadelic: Tag Cloud module. Available at http://drupal.org/project/tagadelic
- Thickbox: A jQuery plugin that gives you very sleek photo popup/slideshow functionality. Available at http://drupal.org/project/thickbox
- Workflow: Provides an alternate means of controlling information placed on the site, e.g., must be reviewed before published. Available at http://drupal.org/project/workflow
Drupal Modules Finder http://drupalmodules.com/module-finder
Top 10 Drupal Modules http://webpodge.com/2007/02/22/top-10-drupal-modules/;
Drupal4Libraries Listserv, Amy Qualls-McClure (Huntsville – Madison County Public Library); Cary Gordon Cary Gordon (The Cherry Hill Company, http://www.chillco.com); Ken Newquist, (Lafayette College, https://ww2.lafayette.edu/~soapbox/blog/newquisk) and Leo Klein (The Chicago Librarian, http://www.leoklein.com)
See resources for more links.