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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.]


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:


Drupal4Lib ListServ Now > 600!

Submitted by Leo Klein on Wed, 2/3/10 (10:55am)

drupalicon4lib.png Wow, I just checked the number of members for the Drupal4Lib ListServ and it's over 600! Not bad.


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:


New Website:

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

Here's something I launched in between bites of turkey over the weekend:

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.

Chicagoland Library Drupal Group : Dec. 7 (9:30a-12noon) at OPPL

Submitted by Leo Klein on Thu, 11/12/09 (12:31pm)

We'll be having a get-together of the Chicagoland Library Drupal Group on Mon., Dec. 7 (9:30-12noon) at the Oak Park Public Library.

I'll be doing a presentation that's been near and dear to my heart recently: incorporating WYSIWYG into Drupal. It's called, appropriately enough, "The Joys & Sorrows of WYSIWYG".

Russ Bomhof and Geoffrey Hing from CRL (who recently launched their site in Drupal) will also be presenting.

Announcement from organizer Mick Jacobsen (Skokie Public) after the jump...


Drupal now the "Cool Thing to Do"?

Submitted by Leo Klein on Wed, 11/4/09 (10:02am)

It's nice to see Drupal mentioned in the context of "cool thing to do" but I don't think Cindi Trainor in her piece on Sacred Cows in Library IT gets exactly what you can do with it:

Experimenting with low-cost or no-cost tools like Twitter will only cost staff time, but implementing expensive (think federated search) or complex-but-free technologies (think Drupal) because it's the cool thing to do can be a very costly lesson for a library to learn, in terms of budget, staff time, morale and user satisfaction.

First, there's no impediment to 'experimenting' with Drupal any more than there is to experimenting with Twitter. The first implementation I ever dealt with was on my own laptop. I didn't even need a network connection!

Also, as far as complexity goes, what are we comparing it to? I mean, you can't run a website on Twitter so that's not an option.

It just so happens that an institution's website is a fairly complex organism. It's going to involve a considerable investment no matter how you choose to go about it.

The fact that Drupal can potentially make it less costly in terms of budget, staff time, etc. -- while being far more effective as a tool -- that's what makes it "cool" and why people choose it. Not the other way around.

P.S. It's kind of ironic that the above quote fell under the Sacred Cow, "Cutting-edge is better; bleeding-edge is best" -- considering that the piece grew out of a discussion on the oh-so-bleeding-edge "Google Wave". Goes Drupal

Submitted by Leo Klein on Mon, 10/26/09 (9:41am), the official website of the POTUS, has gone Drupal. Here's the news from the AP. Tim O'Reilly (of O'Reilly Books fame) has some thoughts on the development as well as Drupal founder, Dries Buytaert.