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Chicagoland Drupal4Lib BoF (9/25/2009) - Report

Submitted by Leo Klein on Mon, 9/28/09 (7:11pm)

Drupalicon We had a great turn-out with about 20 librarians representing a good cross-section of both institutions and areas in and around Chicago. The discussion was so engaging that I totally forgot to take a picture!

We discussed topics such as migration of systems, what to put in a RFP, the future of MySQL and how that might affect Drupal, getting buy-in from staff and To WYSIWYG or Not to WYSIWYG. I discussed publication workflows based on my experience over the summer setting up a number of blogs and news services.

We also had a number of people presenting their websites. This included library websites at Wheaton College and Trinity University (Deerfield), ALA's TechSource, a collaborative project between U. of C. and the German Chemical Society called XCITR (Explore Chemical Informatics Teaching Resources) and finally, a very interesting community-based cataloging project by the Chicago Underground Library.

Back in July at our BoF at ALA, I recall thinking that it easily could have lasted longer than the hour and a half originally schedule. This one in September was two hours and most of us were still raring to go!

I'd like to thank everyone who came and participated. I'd especially like to thank our wonderful hosts, the Metropolitan Library System.

I look forward to our getting back together on Monday, 12/7/09 9:30-12 at OPPL!

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