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Registration at ALA 2017

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sat, 6/24/17 (3:39pm)

Of course, I registered in advance! First day at the American Library Association's 2017 Conference.

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Library Workers of the World United!

Submitted by Leo Klein on Tue, 4/14/15 (1:26pm)

Wow, a student I've seen before just came up to the Ref Desk and thanked me for teaching him how to do research! Best feedback ever! ‪#‎NLWD2015‬ (link)

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Love Those ALA Profile Prefixes

Submitted by Leo Klein on Fri, 3/27/15 (12:16am)

Renewed my ALA membership today. Love their Profile Prefixes. Click for larger image...
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Report on the Drupal4Lib BoF at ALA Anaheim

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sun, 6/24/12 (12:18am)

Great and rousing session at the Drupal4Lib BoF. We had a too-and-fro which was both extremely fun and informative. This consisted of talking shop, of talking approaches to problems and of plans that people had for the future. Drupal4Lib IG Chair and Co-chair Nina McHale and Chris Evjy were there to tell us about their activities. Ilana Kingsley (UAF) kindly volunteered to serve as chair of the IG for the coming year.

Thanks to everyone who came. It was a great opportunity to meet people directly who we otherwise only know online. Hope to see you all next year in Chicago!

Origin of LITA Drupal4Lib IG?

Submitted by Leo Klein on Thu, 6/14/12 (3:36pm)

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So by accident I came upon what looks like LITA's official page for the Drupal4Lib Interest Group. Apparently how the group got started is a mystery to LITA since all they have under 'Origin' is this:

Origin
To contribute information about the history of this interest group, contact LITA's Web Coordinating Committee at litaweb@ala.org.

Now that's kind of strange! I mean all you have to do is go to LITA's own blog and there you'll find the following contemporary account:

Drupal4Lib BoF at ALA Anaheim [6/30/08]: First up on the agenda was setting up the Drupal IG, making sure we have enough signatures and asking for volunteers to serve as Chair and Co-Chair. For the first year, Leo Klein (i.e. me) graciously volunteered to serve as chair and Ian Chan as co-chair.

The name for the IG is 'Drupal4Lib' and our purpose is “to promote the use and understanding of the content management system, Drupal, by libraries and librarians”.

Well, at least they got the name of the IG right.

UPDATE (6/18/12): Well, that's nice. The LITA people added the following note as to the origin of the Drupal4Lib Interest Group:

Origin

The LITA Drupal4Lib Interest Group was formed during the 2008 ALA Annual Conference at a Drupal BoF (Birds of a Feather) meeting. The informal gathering consisted of about 20 librarians with varying experience with content management systems. Some participants attended the BoF to research content management systems, others came demonstrate their Drupal-powered library sites or personal projects. During the meeting, attendees collected signatures to set up the Drupal interest group. Leo Klein and Ian Chan volunteered to serve as co-chairs. The name ‘Drupal4Lib’ was choosen and the attendees decided the purpose of the group was, “to promote the use and understanding of the content management system, Drupal, by libraries and librarians.” During that conference, LITA also hosted the Pre-Conference, "Getting Started With Drupal."

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Drupal4Lib BoF at ALA Anaheim - Sat. 23 (10:30a-12noon)?

Submitted by Leo Klein on Thu, 6/7/12 (11:33am)

drupalicon4lib.png I just had a look at the schedule for ALA Anaheim and noticed there wasn't a get-together for us library drupalers -- to talk shop, to talk projects, joys, frustrations, discoveries, etc.*

So I know it's kind of late but how about a Drupal4Lib BoF on Sat. 23 (10:30a-12noon)? Location: TBA (Anaheim).

Please leave comments/suggestions!

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Library DrupalCamp at ALA in DC?

Submitted by Leo Klein on Wed, 1/6/10 (10:59am)

drupalicon4lib.pngThere's an interesting (albeit preliminary) discussion about organizing a 'Library DrupalCamp' for ALA in DC this summer on the Drupal Group for Libraries.

If that piques your interest, have a gander at:

http://groups.drupal.org/node/32822

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Drupal4Lib BoF at ALA in Chicago (7/12) - Report

Submitted by Leo Klein on Wed, 7/15/09 (9:30am)

I'm delighted to report that we had a wonderful Drupal4Lib BoF with maybe 25-30 people (agenda here). You know it's a good sign when after the thing is over, you wish it had lasted maybe another half an hour or more!

Round Robin of Participants

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Yes, Virginia, in Interface Design, There are Winners & Losers

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sat, 7/11/09 (9:43pm)

Usability is a major objective for Drupal 7, the new upcoming version -- so much so that they've set up a site entirely devoted to it called, 'Drupal 7 User Experience Project' -- or 'D7UX.org' for short.

You've got to love a site which wears a declaration like this on its sleeve:

"Our UX Principles: 1. Make the most frequent tasks easy and less frequent tasks achievable. 2. Design for the 80% 3. Privilege the Content Creator 4. Make the default settings smart"

Drupal4Lib BoF at ALA Chicago - Final Location Information!

Submitted by Leo Klein on Fri, 7/10/09 (8:29pm)

Okay, it's official: thanks to the wonderful help of our friends at ALA, we have a meeting room for our Drupal4Lib BoF on Sunday, 7/12.

DATE: Sunday, July 12 (3:30p-5:00p)

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McCormick Place
West Building, Level 1
Conference Center Rm #11b
Chicago, IL.

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