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Site Launch: GermaniaBroadcast.net

Submitted by Leo Klein on Wed, 6/3/15 (4:00pm)

Today was the official launch date of GermaniaBroadcast.net. I announced it on all the usual social networks.

It's actually been up for maybe a month -- with me fiddling around, adding content, rearranging it and the like. I guess, an alternative name for the thing could be, "Fun with Drupal and Content Management".

The site is built around various digital records that we have of daddy, William Klein and his radio show, "The Germania Broadcast" (1927-1970). Working with the data, I managed to organize everything into four principle categories, Events, People, Places and Library (or 'Documents').

The neat thing with Drupal is how you can connect one item in one category with items in any other. Say, the name of a singer pops up in the description of a concert in 1928 which happened at the Auditorium Theater; You can relate the person to the event and location going backwards and forward. The magic is called "Entity Reference" but again, I like to call it, 'Fun with Content Mgmt".

In any case, there's a slightly fuller explanation of the original radio broadcast plus background here: The Germania Broadcast : An Introduction.

New Web Project on the Horizon

Submitted by Leo Klein on Thu, 6/3/10 (8:40pm)

This time round it's for a group of educators who work with public schools nationwide to improve student literacy. Deliverables: Something nice-looking and informative by mid-summer.

Presentation: Joys & Sorrows of WYSIWYG

Submitted by Leo Klein on Mon, 12/7/09 (1:56pm)

Thanks to Mick for organizing the Chicagoland Library Drupal Meeting in Oak Park. The presentation on "Top 5 Non-Obvious Drupal Modules" by Russ Bomhof and Geoffrey Hing from CRL was excellent (see slideshare). My presentation on implementing WYSIWYG is below. I'll have the audio up shortly.

New Website: CitizenAction-IL.org

Submitted by Leo Klein on Mon, 11/30/09 (10:12am)

Here's something I launched in between bites of turkey over the weekend: http://www.CitizenAction-IL.org

It's for a great statewide organization that's very active in health care reform among other things.

Basically I took what they already had -- essentially a site consisting of links and pdf files -- and completely automated the thing so that in-house staff can add content themselves rather than sending it out to a web specialist.

Small World After All - Nelson, NZ Edition

Submitted by Leo Klein on Wed, 7/22/09 (9:37am)

So I was checking out the location of a library -- from Nelson, NZ, no less -- that someone had just posted on LibSite.org.

It turns out, Google has a StreetView for the place. I clicked in, all prepared for something exotic. Here's what I found:

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PLAspace.org - Official Launch

Submitted by Leo Klein on Mon, 9/15/08 (1:47pm)

Okay, today was the official launch of the new community site that I've been working on for the Public Library Association: PLAspace.org

The announcement reads:

Today marks another milestone in the rollout of PLAspace. We officially open the doors to new CoPs and new participants.

We created PLAspace to give Public Library Association members a place where they could share ideas and work together on common interests. Today, the first official day for the site, we already have several dozen members and a half-dozen CoPs.

Old Projects Never Die : Red Scare (1918-1921)

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sun, 9/7/08 (11:56am)

"Red Scare (1918-1921)" was a project I did for extra credit while finishing up my MLS at Queens College (CUNY). It must have been around 1997.

The online exhibit consisted of political cartoons with some photos from the period 1918-1921. There were over a hundred images illustrating the hysteria of the time -- most scanned from hard-bound copies of the Literary Digest, then conveniently housed in the stacks of NYU Bobst Library. The exhibit is hosted by Newman Library, Baruch College (CUNY) where I went after NYU.

Anyway, every once and a while, I get a request for permission to use one or two of the images. There was a lot of interest in them around the time of 9/11 but even afterwards, the requests still come in.

I usually explain that the copyright has long run out on the images and that they're free for the downloading. The latest request was from one of the College Prep Testing Services. They want to use one or two of the images for their section on U.S. History.

I guess, I'll have to upgrade the project at some point. Ten years is a long time for content like this on the Web.

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PLAspace.org - Soft Launch

Submitted by Leo Klein on Mon, 8/18/08 (9:56am)

PLAspace_logo.png We're doing a 'soft-launch' of PLAspace.org -- the community website that I've been working on together with some very nice people from the Public Library Association as well as a number of volunteers.

It's open to the public but it won't be officially announced till sometime in September. Anyway, have a look:

http://www.PLAspace.org

No Vacation for Klein

Submitted by Leo Klein on Fri, 8/1/08 (8:58am)

I wish I could say my lack of posting for the last week or so is because of me 'gone fishing'.

Instead, I'm working on a site for the Public Library Association that, happily, is close to completion.

The thing's looking good but it's taken all my free time away.

LibSite.org (More than) One Year Old

Submitted by Leo Klein on Mon, 6/23/08 (11:58pm)

go to LibSite.org I've been involved with so many different things that I completely forgot the one-year anniversary of LibSite.org! Shame on me.

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