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New Library Web Project

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sun, 5/25/08 (9:47pm)

I've got a neat job building a community site for one of the library organizations here. I'll talk more about it at our Drupal4Lib BoF in Anaheim but basically the idea is to promote online collaboration. Needless to say (for those in the know), I'll be making great use of Drupal's Organic Groups.


Drupal4Lib BoF at ALA in Anaheim

Submitted by Leo Klein on Mon, 5/12/08 (11:23am)

I got a number of enthusiastic and helpful suggestions on the Drupal4Lib list as to when and where we could hold our Drupal4Lib BoF.

It's increasingly looking like it'll be Sunday after the LITA Top Technology Trends in the LITA Bloggers' Room.


Drupal Talk II at UIC (5/30)

Submitted by Leo Klein on Mon, 5/12/08 (11:16am)

I'll be doing a follow-up to my talk on Drupal at UIC on Friday, 5/23 5/30 (1:30p-3pm) in Burnham Hall 308. The title of the Talk is: "The Wonderful World of Drupal Modules". Basically I'll go into some of the more important modules: CCK, Views, ImageCache, Panels, etc.

More info here:

UPDATE: I had to postpone the talk by one week -- to 5/30.


Klein on Drupal at UIC

Submitted by Leo Klein on Tue, 4/8/08 (9:59am)

I'll be doing an Intro to Drupal at UIC on Fri., 4/25:

Drupal - An Introduction to the Content Mgmt System by Leo Klein

Drupal is a popular open-source Content Management System that's attracting growing interest both in Academia and the private sector. Leo Klein will be giving an introduction to Drupal on Friday, April 25 (1:30pm-4:00pm) in the Student Center East (Rm 408).

DESCRIPTION: The introduction will cover the (short) history of Drupal, what it can do and can't, its unique features plus where it's headed.

Leo Klein's Top 10 Most Favorite Drupal Modules

Submitted by Leo Klein on Tue, 4/8/08 (9:58am)

DrupliconSomeone on the Drupal4Lib list asked what Drupal Modules were "most useful" for creating a library website.

Here are some of the ones I couldn't live without:


Drupal for Libraries - Slides

Submitted by Leo Klein on Fri, 2/29/08 (6:34pm)

First, I'd like to thank everyone for coming. I appreciated the energy and enthusiasm -- plus the good questions.

Above are the slides for the first part. For the second part, see the screencast "Creating a Library Database Page with Drupal".

I should have the audio file up in a few days. [Done 3/4/08]

NOTE: the 'full-screen' version at SlideShare actually looks pretty good. Have a look...

For the person who was having trouble using the "Sandbox" at, try the demo at

If anyone has any questions, feel free to contact me.

Again, thanks both to MLS and to the people who came!

UPDATE: Nice news from Slideshare:

Hey leoklein!

Your slideshow Drupal for Libraries has been included in the Spotlight section on SlideShare.

Enjoy your day! the SlideShare team

Must be the picture of me hanging upside-down that did it.

Screencast: Creating a Library Database Page with Drupal

Submitted by Leo Klein on Tue, 2/19/08 (2:36pm)

-- Link to Full Version (800x600) here... --

In anticipation of my talk 'Drupal in Libraries' that I'll be giving to the Metropolitan Library System on Fri., 2/29 (1:30p-4:30p), I'm releasing the screencast "Creating a Library Database Page with Drupal".

The talk will be about Drupal in the context of Open Source Software and Content Management Systems as well of course as its application in a library environment. (more info and rsvp...)

The screencast goes over the points I'll be making in the second part of my talk.

Have a look and tell me what you think.

UPDATE: The slides and audio from my presentation are now available. You can access them by going here...

Drupal 6.0 Now Available

Submitted by Leo Klein on Fri, 2/15/08 (9:51pm)

DrupiconI just noticed over at the Drupal site that Drupal 6 has been released:

You can find a pretty good screencast on new features here...


Congressional Campaign Site:

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sun, 1/13/08 (9:12am)

I'm still kind of knocked out -- been working 24/7 on this for several weeks. That said, I'm pleased to announce the availability online of

Debbie's running for Congress in the 11th CD of Illinois.

The site is fully automated using Drupal for content management. Campaign staff can add images to any content type (eg. press release, blog post, etc.) They can also designate any post as "spotlight" for the 'In Focus' section on the front page.