Continuing-Ed Opportunities with Drupal


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Continuing-Ed Opportunities with Drupal

  1. 1. Continuing-Ed Opportunities with Drupal Web Services Librarian Networking Group June 7, 2010 Gwyneth Stupar Reference and Web Services Librarian Northbrook Public Library [email_address] Northbrook Public Library 2.0:
  2. 2. My gift to you… <ul><li>10 months Drupal learning rolled into 1 (and gift-wrapped) </li></ul><ul><li>Links </li></ul><ul><li>Slides </li></ul>
  3. 3. Background <ul><li>No computer science experience </li></ul><ul><li>Visual Learner </li></ul><ul><li>Basic Skills: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>HTML class with Michael Stephens at Dominican </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Colleagues taught Dreamweaver </li></ul></ul><ul><li>My Work Week: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>14 hours per week : Web Services </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>21 hours per week: Reference Librarian </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. “ Go Learn Drupal…” Um, what do I do now? <ul><li>LEARN AS MUCH AS YOU CAN </li></ul><ul><li>NEVER ASSUME </li></ul><ul><li>You may not see progress </li></ul><ul><li>right away; continue learning </li></ul><ul><li>anyway… </li></ul>Drupal is like a Star Trek Transporter Beam
  5. 5. “ Go Learn Drupal…”
  6. 6. Survey Says! Let’s Rate Them
  7. 7. Gwyn’s Drupal Rockstar Rating System <ul><li>=Worst </li></ul><ul><li> =Best </li></ul><ul><li>Ratings are based on experience gained vs. overall cost . </li></ul>
  8. 8. Doug Vann <ul><li>I found Doug at: </li></ul><ul><li>call – 3 hour session </li></ul><ul><li>Introduction of CCK and Views </li></ul><ul><li>Drupal Sandbox </li></ul><ul><li>Chat Transcript with Links </li></ul><ul><li>Completed Training: July 2009 </li></ul>
  9. 9. Lullabot <ul><li>Drupal Fundamentals </li></ul><ul><li>Meetings are Virtual: Presentor, Screen, and Chat </li></ul><ul><li>Sandbox Provided with theme, activity (create a site for your rockband) </li></ul><ul><li>Listserv </li></ul><ul><li>Recordings available </li></ul><ul><li>Challenges </li></ul><ul><li>Cost </li></ul><ul><li>Completed in 6 weeks: Oct. 12, 2009 to Nov. 16, 2009 </li></ul>
  10. 10. Learn by the Drop <ul><li>User-friendly screencasts </li></ul><ul><li>Demo </li></ul><ul><li>Listserv: </li></ul><ul><li>Ongoing </li></ul>
  11. 11. <ul><li>Paid subscription ($25.00/month) </li></ul><ul><li>Drupal 7 videos are in production </li></ul><ul><li>Demo of Drupal Video </li></ul><ul><li> offers a wide variety: Drupal, Joomla, Wordpress, Javascript </li></ul>
  12. 12. DrupalCamp <ul><li>Huge turnout </li></ul><ul><li>Numerous presentations </li></ul><ul><li>On June 26 and 27, DrupalCamp will be at the University of Chicago Law School </li></ul>
  13. 13. DrupalJam <ul><li>The most influential of all learning opportunities </li></ul><ul><li>Total free-for-all; ask as many questions as possible </li></ul><ul><li>Katherine Lynch, web developer at Drexel University </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. DrupalCon <ul><li>Over 100 librarians in the room, most conversed about a librarian-created open source ILS </li></ul><ul><li>Large event, with a small-town feel </li></ul><ul><li>Session by Michelle Lauer about Views arguments is excellent: </li></ul><ul><li>(in fact, I used this to pattern the A-Z eResource list) </li></ul><ul><li>Great Usability Presentation about a garden project, “How do you feel when you are in the garden?” </li></ul>
  15. 15. Computers In Libraries <ul><li>Sarah Houghton-Jan’s presentation gave concrete advice about her website redesign, such as determining how long the website redesign process will take start to finish, and double it… </li></ul>
  17. 17. Behind the scenes at <ul><li>Brief Overview: </li></ul><ul><li>RFP in September, 6 responses received </li></ul><ul><li>Conducted phone interviews </li></ul><ul><li>Cardsorting with Staff and Teen Advisory Board </li></ul><ul><li>Chose a consultant at the end of November; began development early December </li></ul><ul><li>Web Committee Meetings (bi-monthly) </li></ul><ul><li>Meetings with assistant director, graphic designer, myself. </li></ul>
  18. 18. Behind the scenes at <ul><li>Brief Overview: </li></ul><ul><li>Our graphics designer mocked up wireframes </li></ul><ul><li>Agreed on “content areas” that we wanted </li></ul><ul><li>Consultants provided excel spreadsheet to describe whether or not content would be available in new website </li></ul>
  19. 19. Behind the scenes at <ul><li>Staging site created by March 18 </li></ul><ul><li>Discussion about staging site </li></ul><ul><li>Homepage originally featured events; I changed it to show our survey, the director’s blog, and a “News Feature” </li></ul><ul><li>Launched May 12 </li></ul>
  20. 20. Advice (or, how Gwyn saved you money and time) <ul><li>Think about the WHOLE project, not just one piece (marketing, usability, editing content for grammar and accuracy) </li></ul><ul><li>Perform usability studies in all phases of the project, and it can be fun; it does not have to be elaborate. Create time to analyze and present data. </li></ul>
  21. 21. Advice <ul><li>Have a style guide in place before you let the website loose to everyone </li></ul><ul><li>Make plans for all major landing pages </li></ul><ul><li>Find a friend who totally supports the mission </li></ul><ul><li>Begin thinking about how your website will play nice with Webfeat, Serials Solutions, eResources, and most importantly, the Catalog </li></ul><ul><li>Develop a system for people to track website problems on the onset </li></ul>
  22. 22. Advice: (or Gwyn rambling on more…) <ul><li>Give yourself time to learn what Drupal can do to solve problems in your organization, then pitch the plan. (Most learning happened after pitching the plan) </li></ul><ul><li>Full-Time </li></ul><ul><li>Learning is ½ the battle </li></ul>
  23. 23. Roadblocks… <ul><li>Learning to install Drupal on Linux </li></ul><ul><li>Not knowing all the possibilities with Drupal </li></ul><ul><li>What is the role of the Web Committee? </li></ul><ul><li>Expectations of what Drupal can do, what the consultants can do, where they end and we begin, etc. </li></ul>
  24. 24. The Elaborate Diagram of How Drupal Works… and a Meeting Nightmare <ul><li>The *story* </li></ul><ul><li>General consensus: “Drupal isn’t as easy as it looks…” </li></ul><ul><li>Wisdom: Give yourself time to learn what Drupal can do to solve problems in your organization, then pitch the plan. </li></ul>
  25. 26. “ Most People Don’t Want Drupal- They Just Want What Drupal Does…”-Jeff Robbins, Lullabot
  26. 27. Get People To Think Like Drupal <ul><li>Example: Job Page </li></ul><ul><li>Static List of Jobs? </li></ul><ul><li>Content Form that can sort in different ways, with an RSS feed </li></ul><ul><li>Repurpose Modules (domesticat example) </li></ul>
  27. 28. Web Design Projects Aren’t Linear… They Are Explosions. Consider Everything. <ul><li>We’ll do this…then this…then this… </li></ul><ul><li>It’s more like this: </li></ul>
  28. 29. Agree <ul><li>Agree to support one idea (think deli, not shoe store) </li></ul><ul><li>Whether or not to be above the fold </li></ul><ul><li>Navigation </li></ul><ul><li>Blogs or No Blogs? Should EVERYONE do blogs, or only some departments? </li></ul>
  29. 30. Bug Your Colleagues <ul><li>Leo: Views/Being Afraid of Views </li></ul><ul><li>Mick: Tags </li></ul><ul><li>Brian: Sign-Up Module </li></ul><ul><li>Geneva Public Library: Google Map </li></ul><ul><li>John </li></ul>
  30. 31. Original Design ?
  31. 32. Caution <ul><li>Drupal works for displaying content in different ways and limiting duplication of effort, but you must be consistent for this to work. </li></ul><ul><li>Room analogy: you must realize that removing something from one room changes the whole décor of another room. </li></ul>
  32. 33. THANK YOU FOR MAKING THIS POSSIBLE “ Inherent in every intention and desire are the mechanics for its fulfillment.”-Chopra
  33. 34. Live Demo:
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