Review Library Technology Reports: Drupal in Libraries

July 7, 2008

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.


New online resource — Civil Rights Digital Library

June 18, 2008

The recently unveiled Civil Rights Digital Library, contains text, image and video archives with annotated bibliographies, learning modules, study guides, etc.
Not only of interest to educators and students, the Civil Rights Digital Library is a treasure trove of real life stories — talk about reality tv!
This collection also serves in providing access and digitally archiving a huge collection of material. It’s really an amazing collection and coincides nicely with the High Museums of Art in Atlanta’s, History Remixed.

I am also honored that I got to be a small (tiny!) part of this project.


Duct tape saves the moonbuggy

April 23, 2008

Honestly, what can’t duct tape fix?

http://science.nasa.gov/headlines/y2008/21apr_ducttape.htm?


Visualization (article)

April 3, 2008

An interesting article on visualization of ‘the net … Under socialnetworking, LastFM is mentioned a couple of times as is youtube, but fidgt is just way off of the map. 😉

I remember seeing a LC project around 1998 or so (tied to American Memory? funny, I can’t remember!) which visually mapped parts of the collections, so that you could see the relationships between items. I’m not sure what happened to that.

Anyhow, here is the article intro :

The Best Tools for Visualization

Visualization is a technique to graphically represent sets of data. When data is large or abstract, visualization can help make the data easier to read or understand. There are visualization tools for search, music, networks, online communities, and almost anything else you can think of. Whether you want a desktop application or a web-based tool, there are many specific tools are available on the web that let you visualize all kinds of data.

Article in entirety
http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/the_best_tools_for_visualization.php


Hulu, not hula — free streaming video — movies, tv, and more.

March 16, 2008

The ad-supported streaming video site, and product of a partnership between NBC Universal and Fox, is opening its doors to the general public tomorrow after approximately five months in private beta.

For the first time, users will be able to freely stream Hulu’s Flash-based, ad-supported TV and movie content…..

Updated Techmeme article list here:
http://www.techmeme.com/071029/p1#a071029p1

Hula live here:
http://www.hulu.com/


Flickr & the Library of Congress

January 17, 2008

Library of Congress announced today that it has partnered with flickr, putting up 3,000 photos from two of their most popular collections.Only images for which no copyright restrictions are known to exist are included.

The LOC blog post about it is here:
http://www.loc.gov/blog/?p=233

The flickr page is here:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/library_of_congress/