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A Modest Suggestion : LibrarySandbox.org

Submitted by Leo Klein on Thu, 12/13/07 (10:07am)

drupal_250x250.gifI got an interesting request a little while ago. A librarian wanted to know if she could get administrative access to a website I was running so she could see how Drupal works.

Naturally I had to say no, but it got me thinking that a "sandbox" version of Drupal -- based on a library website -- might be useful to people who wanted an idea of the "look and feel" of the thing.

DRUPAL4LIB Tops 200 Subscribers

Submitted by Leo Klein on Fri, 12/7/07 (11:29am)

Announced less than two days ago, I'm happy to see that we now have more than 200 subscribers!

What better indication of the need for a Library ListServ on Drupal than this?

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DRUPAL4LIB, a ListServ for Librarians Interested in Drupal

Submitted by Leo Klein on Wed, 12/5/07 (12:56pm)

I just sent out the following announcement to various library-related email lists:

Hi All,

I'm pleased to announce a new ListServ for librarians called 'DRUPAL4LIB'.

As the name implies, 'DRUPAL4LIB' is for those interested in Drupal, a popular open-source CMS, as it relates to libraries and librarians.

The idea is to have a forum to exchange ideas and advice, share experiences, and maybe even collaborate on a couple of projects that highlight the use of Drupal in a library context.

TO SUBSCRIBE

Send the command 'SUBSCRIBE DRUPAL4LIB First_name Last_name' in the body of an email to LISTSERV@LISTSERV.UIC.EDU.

Alternatively you can subscribe by selecting 'Join or Leave the DRUPAL4LIB List' from the DRUPAL4LIB Archives Page:
http://listserv.uic.edu/archives/drupal4lib.html

Everyone is welcome, whether beginner or pro!

LEO

UPDATE: Six hours later and we already have over a hundred subscribers.

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LISNews Now All Drupal

Submitted by Leo Klein on Thu, 11/15/07 (5:22pm)

lisNewsLogo_200x50.pngBlake Carter completed the (momentous) transfer of LISNews from Slashcode to Drupal a while back but I just noticed that he was kind enough to put in a special thank-you to me.

Tim O'Reilly on Various Library Standards & Applications

Submitted by Leo Klein on Fri, 2/16/07 (4:08pm)

(Okay, so he's not directly addressing things like Z39.50, OpenURL or ILS's, but you'd think the same rules apply.)

Under the heading "Lightweight Programming Models", he lists the following "significant lessons" (in abbreviated form):

  1. Support lightweight programming models that allow for loosely coupled systems. [...]
  2. Think syndication, not coordination. [...]
  3. Design for "hackability" and remixability. [...]

Go ahead and read the whole thing...

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