Join us — new Drupal and Expression Engine Groups

November 20, 2009

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

Opensource, community source, open system, closed system (presentation)

September 24, 2009

Evergreen Documentation Group needs your help!

August 12, 2009

For those interested in Evergreen or opensource library projects….

The Evergreen Documentation Interest Group needs your input to help prioritize its activities for the next few months. Please share the following survey link widely. We are casting a wide net — we want input from as many roles as possible, from project coordinators to people working the front lines in libraries, and whether you are just thinking about Evergreen or running it since Day 1.

Responses are due no later than 5 p.m. ET Thursday, August 20, 2009. The survey is short and easy to complete.

The survey link:

You are encouraged to forward this to interested communities.

Thanks much on behalf of the Evergreen DIG!


Open Library project update

August 5, 2009

The final report of the Open Library Environment project is available for reading. ♥ this project with its focus on the behind the scenes… because if the behind the scenes (processing system/database/data) doesn’t work very well, the public interface is not going to work very well. I am definitely keeping an eye on this project and I hope to be able to contribute in some way in the future.

A few points of interest (amongst many….)

  • The project planners chose to define a system that supports libraries as a central player in the research process.
  • Libraries need to be able to leverage a dynamic information environment to support the research and educational mission of their institutions.
  • Libraries must respond to the dynamic information environment by re-engineering its organization and the workflows carried out by its personnel.

I don’t know if these statements are Yays or DUHs, because they seem so obvious, yet some do not grasp that simple reality of library catalog software and library information silos such as databases, websites, etc.

And then the key features:

  • Flexibility
  • Community ownership
  • Service Orientation
  • Enterprise-Level Integration
  • Efficiency
  • Sustainability

The Open Library Environment (OLE) Project has posted a draft of its final report. We are excited to offer this report publicly to the community and welcome your comments. As a community-source project, your input is vital to the future and success of the OLE Project. You can access the report at this address:

About the Open Library Environment Project:
With support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, a multinational group of libraries is developing the design for an Open Library Environment (OLE), an alternative to the current model of an Integrated Library System. The goal is to produce a design document to inform open source library system development efforts, to guide future library system
implementations, and to influence current Integrated Library System vendor products.

OpenOffice 3.0

September 6, 2008

Nice preview of openoffice 3 (woohoo!) Honestly, I haven’t missed dumping Microsoft Office yet…

…and if you’d like to see a little demo, try this one which covers all of the types of openoffice (databases, word processing, spreadsheets, and presentations):

new art, new writings, new music — it’s moonshine!

August 5, 2008

Lots of new writings, new art, new music. I’m finishing up my art interviews with artists (the creativity series) and a short (!) book review.
Oh, and of course, the cover graphic is mine. 😉

These are the dog days of summer, is it any wonder that everything seems to droop a little? Stay inside in the cool and check out the latest writings, music, paintings, photography… Moonshine celebrates a milestone, which would not be possible without the wonderful artists and writers who share their thoughts, writings, and art. Read, see, and listen!

Part 1 of Jasmine Rizer’s serial, “Keeping it in the Family“; Fab Irony’s “Oz Redux”, and McCabe Coolidge continues his series, Seven Questions with
“Don’t you Miss the Farm?” Thoughtful poetry from Brenda L Basham (Bloodshed of the Holocaust; Imagination; and Unlock the Power ), Russell Lee Hale I (Knobby Knees; Memories ), John S Moon (World ) and Sandy Vanderbleek (life flow ).

Studio views features Sandra Babb’s essay on improvisation, Rolling with the Punch Bowl and Hannah Leatherbury’s audio interview (a podcast) with multi-media artist Sherry Lynn Wood about her latest project to collect mantras via her Mantra Trailer. (courtesy of the Southern Arts Federation).

robin fay continues to explore Creativity (pt. 5 in a series, focusing on the artistic process) while Drék Davis explores his own Confessions of a Wayward Artist. Amber Moore jumps into the playful and educational world of the Children’s Museum of the Shoals in Look and DO Touch: Children Learn with Hands-On Activities in Florence, Alabama.

Lori Lejeune gets creative with 3D digital art in From the Studio: An Exposition on 3-d Digital Artistry and Donna Rosser aka The Barefoot Photographer shows us how to take our photos to the next level with Lensbaby in Getting Creative: Your Photography and a Lensbaby.

Book reviews for August are Southern Comforts: Rooted in a Florida Place by Suyde Cauthen, a memoir of growing up in the South, and Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen, a magical novel set in North Carolina. Music matters features a review of The Rest of the Year , the new CD from the Georgia folk trio, the Solstice Sisters. Hannah Leatherbury talks with Charles “Wsir” Johnson about the necessity of knowing how to repair and create his own instruments while living in a rural community as well as his experience getting commissioned by Chuck D. (from Hannah Leatherbury, courtesy of the Southern Arts Federation).

Check in with a Short Girl comix, book reviews, work from the Southerncreativity gallery (@ Flickr), art announcements & calls for entries.

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