Drupal for Libraries


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Presentation on Drupal for Libraries given at the Metropolitan Library System in Chicago on 2/29/2007.

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  • Hi and welcome. I'm happy to see you all hear and happy to be able to talk about our subject, Drupal. My name is Leo Klein. I'm Web Coordinator for the Office of Admissions and Records at UIC – at least I will be starting next month. Currently I'm in the School of Ed. Prior to this, I was Web Coordinator at the libraries of Baruch College, CUNY and NYU. I have an MLS from Queens College, CUNY and a Masters in Digital Media from the Interactive Telecommunications Program. I'm wanted in four states for theft, abduction – you name it.... Let's do a round-robin to see who we have here. How do you like that title? Nice, Huh? When I was first thinking of putting together this presentation, I thought, what am I going to name the thing. 'Drupal for Libraries' -- sounds okay. You get the drift: "Drupal" - "Libraries". But it seemed kind of uninspired. "Ebert on Cinema, Stravinsky on Music, Einstein on Relativity, Klein on Drupal"
  • Drupal for Libraries

    1. Leo Klein on Drupal for Libraries Talk Given at the Metropolitan Library System (Chicago) Feb. 29, 2008 Created by Leo Klein, ChicagoLibrarian.com
    2. Hey, Wait a Minute!
    3. Why Content Management? <ul><li>In the Beginning: </li></ul><ul><li>Everything Done by Hand </li></ul><ul><li>Early Database-Driven Sites: </li></ul><ul><li>Home-made, DIY </li></ul><ul><li>Current CMS Potpourri: </li></ul><ul><li>Many Choices (Good, Bad & Ugly*) </li></ul>______ * http://www.opensourcecms.com
    4. Why Drupal? (Druplicon)
    5. Libraries That Use Drupal Florida State Univ. Uminn Bio-Med. Library Hoover Public Library (AL) Wendt Library (U. Wisc.)
    6. Origin of Drupal
    7. Early Drupal User Group Meetup
    8. Drupal Born – 2001* <ul><li>Originally developed by Dries Buytaert and fellow students at the University of Antwerp </li></ul><ul><li>2001 – Initial Release of Drupal </li></ul><ul><li>2004 – Drupal taken up by Dean Campaign </li></ul><ul><li>2005 to now: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>High Profile Conversions (Onion.com, Observer.com, Amnesty International) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>From &quot; Community Plumbing &quot; to &quot; Roll-Your-Own Push Button CMS &quot; </li></ul></ul>_________ * More Info: http://drupal.org/node/769 http://www.computerworld.com.au/index.php/id;1398641189
    9. Drupal.org
    10. Resources from Drupal.org <ul><li>Software </li></ul><ul><li>Documentation </li></ul><ul><li>Bug Reports, Feature Requests, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>News </li></ul><ul><li>Forums </li></ul><ul><li>Groups </li></ul>
    11. Joys & Sorrows of Open Source <ul><li>It’s Free </li></ul><ul><li>It’s Open </li></ul><ul><li>It’s Innovative (sometimes) </li></ul><ul><li>It’s &quot;Scratch Your Own Itch” </li></ul><ul><li>It’s Frustrating </li></ul><ul><li>It's Fun </li></ul>
    12. Types of Users
    13. Requirements <ul><li>SW-HW*: </li></ul><ul><li>Server running either Apache or IIS </li></ul><ul><li>PHP (Scripting Language) </li></ul><ul><li>MySQL or PostgreSQL </li></ul><ul><li>Human: </li></ul><ul><li>Person comfortable installing the above three </li></ul><ul><li>“ Some assembly required” </li></ul>______ * http://drupal.org/requirements
    14. Drupal in 3 Parts
    15. Drupal Core <ul><li>What You Get 'Out of the Box' </li></ul><ul><li>Essential Features </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>(Node, Block, Taxonomy, </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Theme Engine, Comments, RSS) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>'Legacy' Features </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>(Story, Forum, Blog) </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul>
    17. Contributed Modules <ul><li>&quot;Building Blocks&quot; of Drupal </li></ul><ul><li>Hundreds to Choose from </li></ul><ul><li>Most Essential Modules: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Content Construction Kit </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Views </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>ImageCache </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Organic Groups </li></ul></ul>
    18. Life & Death of a Drupal Module <ul><li>Modules are built for a specific purpose and for a specific release of Drupal </li></ul><ul><li>How to Tell if a Module is Alive and Kicking -- or in the 'Deadpool': </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Recent updates? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Recent Support Questions/Issues? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Attitude of Maintainers (Helpful or Not)? </li></ul></ul>
    19. Themes Amor Azul Imagination NewsFlash SEO Position
    20. Drupal Roadmap <ul><li>Drupal 6.0 (Feb. 2008) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Improvements: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Installation </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Theming </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Internationalization </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Drupal 7.0 (Feb. 2009?) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Incorporation of CCK & Views into Core </li></ul></ul>
    21. Drupal as a Community <ul><li>Open Source encourages - and requires – an open, responsive Social Organization </li></ul><ul><li>Great team of Developers (some local in Illinois) </li></ul><ul><li>Learn the terrain & benefit from It </li></ul>
    22. Other Helpful Sites <ul><li>Drupal.org Main Drupal Site </li></ul><ul><li>Lullabot Wonderful source for podcasts and other high quality information on Drupal - http://www.lullabot.com </li></ul><ul><li>Mastering Drupal Number of good screencasts - http://www.masteringdrupal.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>Dries Buytaert's Blog Personal Blog of Drupal's Founder - http://buytaert.net </li></ul>
    23. Library-Related Resources <ul><li>DRUPAL4LIB – Listserv http://drupal4lib.org </li></ul><ul><li>Drupal Group http://groups.drupal.org/libraries </li></ul><ul><li>Drupalib http://drupalib.interoperating.info/ </li></ul><ul><li>Local Chicago User Group (General) http://groups.drupal.org/chicago </li></ul>
    24. Leo Klein’s Drupal Tips <ul><li>Try &quot;Sandboxes&quot; at OpenSourceCMS.com </li></ul><ul><li>Experiment locally </li></ul><ul><li>Follow the forums at Drupal.org </li></ul><ul><li>Join a Drupal Group (http://groups.drupal.org) </li></ul><ul><li>Check out the competition </li></ul><ul><li>Ultimately: Bend the CMS to your needs (& not the other way around) </li></ul>
    25. Happy Drupaling! <ul><li>Leo Robert Klein </li></ul><ul><li>leo 'at' leoklein 'dot' com </li></ul>msn/aim/ghoo/yhoo: 'leorobertklein' www.ChicagoLibrarian.com