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.