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Speaking on Panel about Drupal at 2012 UIC IT Professionals Forum

Submitted by Leo Klein on Wed, 3/14/12 (9:14pm)

The 2012 UIC IT Professionals Forum is in two weeks at the UIC Forum (Roosevelt & Halsted). My particular contribution will be appearing on a panel for the following session:

"Which Web Content Management System Should I Choose?"

Many different Web content management systems (WCMS) are in use within the U of I system. They all have both advantages and disadvantages. Come see a panel of Web developers show us the features and deficiencies in the WCMSs their departments use, so you can choose the best one for your department.

I figure I'll talk about the history of Drupal in general, how we've implemented it at UIC's Academic & Enrollment Services, the support we've gotten (mostly pretty good) from Campus IT, plus all the crazy content types we handle: 'Final Exam Locations' for the Office of Classroom Scheduling, 'School Record Types by Country' for Grad Admissions, Registration 'tickets' for the UIC Summer College Program, etc.

(I can't think of one project I've done that consisted of plain-vanilla webpages. Maybe that's why I'm using Drupal.)

UPDATE: Following up on the final thought above... My central theme will be:

"If it's going to be a complicated mess -- best to do it with Drupal!"

UPDATE (4/5/2012): Just finished the panel discussion on CMS's. All we got was 45 measly minutes! I talked mostly about Drupal and how we've implemented it for various projects. That was one half. The other half was giving people tips on what to look for -- and things to avoid -- when shopping for CMS's in general. We could easily have gone for an hour and a half. Nice turn out, just the same.

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Looking in the Mirror, He Asks: 'How Dumb Can You Get?'

Submitted by Leo Klein on Thu, 3/8/12 (11:33pm)

So I spent some serious time looking at myself in the mirror, asking myself, 'how dumb can you get?' In fact, as an employee, I put myself on probation. Why? Because I spent hours -- hours!!! -- trying to figure out why a 'rule' I had created for one particular Drupal operation wasn't kicking in. Not at all! Here's a snippet of the interface. Maybe you can figure out why:

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Chicago Drupal Meetup Group (CDMUG) for February 2012

Submitted by Leo Klein on Fri, 2/24/12 (7:46pm)

You can't tell by the photo but there were around 50-60 people at the event -- all levels from programmers to newbies. There was free beer and pizza -- so you know I had a good time. To sum up, it's just plain interesting to see what's happening in the 'community'. Different perspectives are great -- invigorating even.

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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.

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Dries Speaking at DrupalCon

Submitted by Leo Klein on Thu, 3/10/11 (11:00pm)
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Dries Buytaert speaking on the exhibit floor at DrupalCon Chicago. Topic: "The Drupal Revolution - Buckle up, we're just getting started!"

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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.

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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.

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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!

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Drupal.org Redesigned

Submitted by Leo Klein on Thu, 10/28/10 (3:38pm)
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Just noticed this today: the mothership got redesigned. Not bad.

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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.]

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