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Big Day: Work Then Library Conference Then Drupal Meetup

Submitted by Leo Klein on Wed, 10/19/11 (10:28pm)

Today was a big day. I started it off at MPOW with a meeting at 9am sharp. At noon I left for Rosemont and the Illinois Library Association Conference. They were featuring not only a free pass to get in to see the exhibits but a free lunch as well: carved roast beef and turkey along with two kinds of pasta and either a tomato or cream sauce. Heaven! Following a quick stop home, I next headed downtown for the monthly meeting of the Chicago Drupal Meetup Group. The meeting this month was starting early because they had three people giving presentations instead of the usual 2. One was on the switch to Drupal over at the Field Museum.


Dries Speaking at DrupalCon

Submitted by Leo Klein on Thu, 3/10/11 (11:00pm)

Dries Buytaert speaking on the exhibit floor at DrupalCon Chicago. Topic: "The Drupal Revolution - Buckle up, we're just getting started!"


Library BoF at DrupalCon Chicago

Submitted by Leo Klein on Wed, 3/9/11 (9:29am)

We were able to squeeze in more than 50 librarians into the Library BoF. Topics of discussion included migrating to Drupal from other systems, integration with ILSs, creation of research guides, etc.

I put together a complete write-up for Library Hi Tech who'll be publishing it at some point.


Library BoF on Tues. 1:30p-3p (3/8), Location TBA

Submitted by Leo Klein on Fri, 3/4/11 (5:24pm)

drupalConChicago2011_attending.png Okay (in the words of WNYC's Brian Lehrer) after an Informal, Unofficial, Thoroughly Unscientific Availability Poll, it seems like most people can make it to a Library BoF on Tuesday 1:30p-3:00p (3/8).

That takes care of time.


I'm attending DrupalCon Chicago, March 7-10, 2011

Submitted by Leo Klein on Thu, 1/13/11 (12:26am)

Hey, just two more days (thru 1/14) to save $50 bucks on registering for DrupalCon Chicago (3/7-3/11) -- the greatest event ever! Also, don't forget to throw in an extra twenty bucks for the Opening Night Party (3/8, 7p-10p) at the Field Museum!

Location: Redesigned

Submitted by Leo Klein on Thu, 10/28/10 (3:38pm)

Just noticed this today: the mothership got redesigned. Not bad.


Hunter College Library: Plone? Yuck! We Want Drupal!

Submitted by Leo Klein on Mon, 9/27/10 (6:34pm)

Hunter College (CUNY) had decided on Plone as their CMS but Danielle Becker, working in the library, wouldn't have any of it:

drupal_250x250.gif A few months into the redesign project, Hunter College launched an initiative converting all of the college and department webpages to the CMS Plone. However, the library’s systems department didn’t have the same experience with Python, the programming language Plone uses, as it does with PHP. We also felt that Drupal’s features were more suited to the needs of our website. After obtaining the college's approval, we were able to move forward with our redesign and re-create the site from Dreamweaver to Drupal. [Becker, D.. "Adventures in Drupal: Designing a Library Website Using a CMS." Online, September 1, 2010, 19-21.]


Screencast on Using Drupal Mentioned in Code4Lib Journal

Submitted by Leo Klein on Mon, 9/13/10 (7:37pm)

This is nice. The screencast I put together on creating a database listing using Drupal is mentioned in a Code4Lib article:

Code4lib Journal

"Creating a Library Database Search using Drupal"

When Florida Gulf Coast University Library was faced with having to replace its database locator, they needed to find a low-cost, non-staff intensive replacement for their 350 plus databases search tool. This article details the development of a library database locator, based on the methods described in Leo Klein’s “Creating a Library Database Page using Drupal” online presentation. The article describes how the library used Drupal along with several modules, such as CCK, Views, and FCKeditor. It also discusses various Drupal search modules that were evaluated during the process.

[h/t M. Weaver]

Screencast on News & Blog Server

Submitted by Leo Klein on Wed, 9/1/10 (9:07am)

I put together a screencast about our News & Blog server for UIC's Office of Admissions & Records:

The server runs on Drupal and currently supports 5 different Blogs & News services. Built into the system is a publication workflow consisting of 'Authors' who create content and 'Editors' who give that content final approval. All comments are moderated and easily accessed on one page through a special 'Dashboard' utility.


Library Database Pages & Research Guides Using Drupal

Submitted by Leo Klein on Fri, 3/26/10 (3:47pm)

drupal_250x250.gif Way too long ago -- about a 100 years ago -- I asked people on the Drupal4Lib ListServ to send in links to their Database page(s) or Research/Subject guides that use Drupal.

I got a couple of very good responses which I've now finally posted as a Wiki Page on the Drupal Library Group: