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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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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,
  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>______ *
  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 (,, 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:;1398641189
  10. Resources from <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>______ *
  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> Main Drupal Site </li></ul><ul><li>Lullabot Wonderful source for podcasts and other high quality information on Drupal - </li></ul><ul><li>Mastering Drupal Number of good screencasts - </li></ul><ul><li>Dries Buytaert's Blog Personal Blog of Drupal's Founder - </li></ul>
  23. Library-Related Resources <ul><li>DRUPAL4LIB – Listserv </li></ul><ul><li>Drupal Group </li></ul><ul><li>Drupalib </li></ul><ul><li>Local Chicago User Group (General) </li></ul>
  24. Leo Klein’s Drupal Tips <ul><li>Try &quot;Sandboxes&quot; at </li></ul><ul><li>Experiment locally </li></ul><ul><li>Follow the forums at </li></ul><ul><li>Join a Drupal Group ( </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'