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Drupalicon Just got word that 26 people have already signed up for the Chicagoland Drupal4Lib BoF that we're having next Friday (9/25, 2p-4p) at the offices of the Metropolitan Library System (i.e. across the street from the Art Institute). This is great news.

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Drupalcon Coming to Chicago in 2011

Submitted by Leo Klein on Wed, 9/9/09 (10:10am)

DrupliconWow, the big Drupal Convention for North America is coming to Chicago in 2011. Here's the announcement from the Drupalcon North American Regional Organizing Group:

...the [Drupal Association] Board has preemptively made a decision on the location and team for the 2011 North American Drupalcon, tapping Chicago for Drupalcon 2011.

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Chicagoland Drupal Library BoF - Fri. 9/25, 2pm

Submitted by Leo Klein on Wed, 8/26/09 (9:07am)

We'll be having our Chicagoland Drupal Library BoF on Friday, Sept. 25, 2pm-4pm at the Offices of the Metropolitan Library System (224 S. Michigan) in Chicago.

Cost is free but we need people to register at:
http://www.librarylearning.info/events/?eventID=5356

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Drupal4Lib BoF at ALA in Chicago (7/12) - Report

Submitted by Leo Klein on Wed, 7/15/09 (9:30am)

I'm delighted to report that we had a wonderful Drupal4Lib BoF with maybe 25-30 people (agenda here). You know it's a good sign when after the thing is over, you wish it had lasted maybe another half an hour or more!

Round Robin of Participants

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Yes, Virginia, in Interface Design, There are Winners & Losers

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sat, 7/11/09 (9:43pm)

Usability is a major objective for Drupal 7, the new upcoming version -- so much so that they've set up a site entirely devoted to it called, 'Drupal 7 User Experience Project' -- or 'D7UX.org' for short.

You've got to love a site which wears a declaration like this on its sleeve:

"Our UX Principles: 1. Make the most frequent tasks easy and less frequent tasks achievable. 2. Design for the 80% 3. Privilege the Content Creator 4. Make the default settings smart"

Drupal4Lib BoF at ALA Chicago - Final Location Information!

Submitted by Leo Klein on Fri, 7/10/09 (8:29pm)

Okay, it's official: thanks to the wonderful help of our friends at ALA, we have a meeting room for our Drupal4Lib BoF on Sunday, 7/12.

DATE: Sunday, July 12 (3:30p-5:00p)

LOCATION:
McCormick Place
West Building, Level 1
Conference Center Rm #11b
Chicago, IL.

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Drupal4Lib BoF at ALA Chicago - We Have Sign-ups!

Submitted by Leo Klein on Mon, 6/29/09 (3:18pm)

I looked up the event listing for our Drupal4Lib BoF at ALA Chicago (Sun. 7/11, 3:30p-5p) and was happy to see we have more than a dozen sign-ups!

That's a good sign.

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NSLS, PALS, DLS Drupal Library Group

Submitted by Leo Klein on Mon, 6/15/09 (6:51pm)

Mick Jacobsen organized an informative and very well attended meeting on Drupal for Librarians at the Oak Park Public Library today. I was happy to see a few familiar faces from our Drupal BoF at DePaul earlier in the year.

Jenny Levine led off with a discussion of ALA Connect and what impressed me wasn't simply what they've been able to put together but their future plans for incorporating functionality.

Comment Moderation Using Drupal

Submitted by Leo Klein on Wed, 6/3/09 (12:13pm)

I see from Jenny Levine's comment here, that ALA Connect was afflicted (at least momentarily) with comment spam. It's a common affliction.

On most of the sites I support, I now pretty much have to moderate all comments. Even on sites where users have to set up accounts like LibSite.org, I still get spam.

While most of the sites are personal, it's the community or institutional sites where things get interesting/scary.

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Using Drupal's Actions & Triggers (Workflow)

Submitted by Leo Klein on Tue, 5/5/09 (8:08pm)

So my next project is to do a blog and notification system for four different departments or sections at MPOW.

Each section will have its own team of 'authors' and 'editors'. The authors will create the content and the editors will approve it for final publication. In addition to the approval process, I need to build into the system a calendering option so that time-sensitive posts can be published by date. The whole thing will be pushed out to our static HTML pages through some form of RSS-to-HTML-thru-Javascript doohickey.

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