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Using Drupal In Libraries

  1. 1. USING DRUPAL IN LIBRARIES Tanya Finney 2008 PaLA Annual Conference: Leading for Life
  2. 2. Drupal <ul><li>What is Drupal </li></ul><ul><li>Why use Drupal </li></ul><ul><li>Reason to use Drupal </li></ul><ul><li>Libraries Case Studies </li></ul><ul><li>CTLS (Cheltenham Twp Library System) Staff Intranet </li></ul><ul><li>Getting Started with Drupal in your Library </li></ul>
  3. 3. What is Drupal
  4. 4. What is Drupal <ul><li>Open-Source Content Management System use to help organized, acquire, store, index, retrieve, and present content. By providing a back-end structure/framework Drupal enable user to accomplish all the above task. </li></ul><ul><li>Often refer to as “Content Management Framework” due to the fact that Drupal is not a fixed system but a framework on which you can build your own systems. </li></ul><ul><li>Drupal separates content and formatting to let you create a powerful, dynamic web sites. </li></ul><ul><li>Open-Source software whose source code is made available, most often subject to certain conditions, for use or modification by users or other developers s they deem fit. – David Mercer </li></ul>
  5. 5. Why use Drupal <ul><li>Flexible; easy to implement changes . </li></ul><ul><li>Cost Effective; only start-up cost is for the web server or hosting services. </li></ul><ul><li>Easy to set up and run. </li></ul><ul><li>User friendly. </li></ul><ul><li>Gets your feet wet with open source CMS. </li></ul><ul><li>Provides a framework for creating, managing, and publishing web-based content. </li></ul><ul><li>Provides extensions for enhanced capabilities. </li></ul><ul><li>Provides a secure environment with managed user roles. </li></ul><ul><li>Multi-authors without sacrificing site security. </li></ul><ul><li>Good for libraries or organization with limited technical resources or support. </li></ul><ul><li>Offers high level of stability, security and performance. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Reason to use Drupal <ul><li>Public Website </li></ul><ul><li>Staff Intranet </li></ul><ul><li>Resource Directories </li></ul><ul><li>Education </li></ul><ul><li>Art, Music and Multimedia </li></ul><ul><li>Community Information </li></ul><ul><li>Human-readable Knowledge Base </li></ul><ul><li>Staff/Classroom Blog </li></ul>
  7. 7. Libraries Case Studies <ul><li>Schlow Centre Region Library </li></ul><ul><li>Bloomingdale Public Library </li></ul>
  8. 8. Schlow Centre Region Library <ul><li>211 South Allen Street, State College, PA 16801 </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Size of Library: 133,224 items (35,000 square foot building) </li></ul><ul><li>Population Size: 79,406 </li></ul><ul><li>Time to Construct: 16 months from our 1st information-architecture committee meeting to launch. </li></ul><ul><li>Developer : Nathaniel Rasmussen, Computer Systems Administrator </li></ul><ul><li>Technical Skills: No php guru, but I have pretty high skills otherwise. </li></ul><ul><li>Reason for choosing Drupal: “Chose to learn Drupal over 3 years ago to do staff intranet--at the time it seemed like one of the most flexible open source CMSs out there.  I'd venture to guess it's even more so today, but learning another CMS seemed silly when we began our public site overhaul.” </li></ul><ul><li>Additional Info: The site is on drupal 5, and is a multisite install (with http://centralpalibraries -- our district site also hosted).  Hopefully, we'll get to version 6 soon (as soon as panels, cck and views are fully ready, and I find the time).  The plan in 2008-2009 is to provide drupal sites for our district libraries as well as porting over our community resources database ( ).  I'm also very much interested in integrated patron authentication, and an easy mechanism for OPAC integration & extension (reviews, freetagging, etc).  We'll see what technology and time permits . </li></ul>
  9. 9. Bloomingdale Public Library <ul><li>101 Fairfield Way, Bloomingdale, IL 60108 </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Population Size: 22,000 in Village of Bloomingdale (a Chicago suburb) </li></ul><ul><li>Developer :   In house staff constructed the web page, another member of computer services and the Computer Services Dept Head was primarily responsible for it, and non-technical staff members from every department are responsible for maintaining content.  </li></ul><ul><li>Reason for choosing Drupal: “We selected Drupal based on the impressions I got from the 2005 Internet Librarian conference and because it seemed the most accessible method for non-technical employees to be able to control and update their own sections of the site.  “ – Sean Luster, Computer Svc. Dept Head. </li></ul><ul><li>Additional Info:   Currently run 2 Drupal sites, the public one and the internal test sites we use for developing future changes. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Libraries Using Drupal <ul><li>Public libraries: </li></ul><ul><li>Ann Arbor District Library Brawley Public Library Camarena Memorial Library Douglas County Libraries ExploreOhio (sponsored by OPLIN ) Great River Regional Library (Central Minnesota) Hoover Alabama Public Library Jackson District Library Kinderhook Memorial Library London Public Library Metropolitan Cooperative Library System (Los Angeles) Monterey Park Bruggemeyer Library New York Public Library Red Deer Public Library San Anselmo Public Library West Lake Porter Public Library West Linn, Oregon Public Library </li></ul><ul><li>School (K-12) libraries: </li></ul><ul><li>Genesee Valley BOCES - School Library System School Library System of Genesee Valley Boces </li></ul><ul><li>Special libraries: </li></ul><ul><li>Idaho Commission for Libraries The Newberry Library - Southwest Ohio and Neighboring Libraries (SWON Libraries) </li></ul><ul><li>University libraries: </li></ul><ul><li>Alaska Pacific University Cowles Library at Drake University Florida Center for Library Automation (FCLA) Florida State University Libraries Hamline Law Library Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis Rochester Institute of Technology Libraries Simon Fraser University - Multicultural Canada St. Lawrence University Library planning site </li></ul><ul><li>Library services: </li></ul><ul><li>MaintainIT Project </li></ul><ul><li>Original list by Ellyssa Kroski, copied from presentation by Kieran copied from a post by matt_paz </li></ul>
  11. 11. CLTS Staff Intranet
  12. 12. Cheltenham Twp Library System <ul><li>215 S Keswick Avenue, Glenside, PA </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Size of Library: 4 Branches </li></ul><ul><li>Population Size: 38,465 </li></ul><ul><li>Time to Construct: 6 – 12 months. However journey continues…… </li></ul><ul><li>Developer : Tanya Finney, Automation Technology Coordinator </li></ul><ul><li>Technical Skills: Technical, not mid-level when comes wed development. </li></ul><ul><li>Reason for choosing Drupal: Staff intranet that will serves a way of improving internal communication between the four branches. Had all the components, we needed: blog, forum, forms, polls, etc.. Very intuitive and user friendly. Cost-effective, and easy to set-up. </li></ul><ul><li>Project Phases: This project was broken down in four stages.1: Staff Survey (to determine user needs and requirements) 2. Research (Based on user needs and requirement choosing the software that fit these needs). 3. Development (once a software was chosen design and adding content was next) 4. Usability testing (staff’s feedback of any problems in the system.) </li></ul><ul><li>Additional comments: Our public web-site is hosted by company that uses C-Panel which uses 3 rd -Party add-on that includes Fantastico > Drupal. So installation was friendly easy. </li></ul>
  13. 13. CLTS Staff Intranet Content <ul><li>Contact Form </li></ul><ul><li>Forms </li></ul><ul><li>Forums </li></ul><ul><li>Links </li></ul><ul><li>My Account </li></ul><ul><li>News Feeds </li></ul><ul><li>Polices and Procedures </li></ul><ul><li>Polls </li></ul><ul><li>Reports </li></ul><ul><li>Schedule Meetings </li></ul><ul><li>Staff Blog </li></ul><ul><li>Staff Corner </li></ul><ul><li>Technical Support </li></ul><ul><li>A blog entry is a single post to an online journal, or blog . </li></ul><ul><li>A book page is a page of content, organized into a collection of related entries collectively known as a book . </li></ul><ul><li>A forum topic is the initial post to a new discussion thread within a forum. </li></ul><ul><li>Page If you want to add a static page, like a contact page or an about page, use a page. </li></ul><ul><li>A poll is a question with a set of possible responses. </li></ul><ul><li>Stories are articles in their simplest form: they have a title, a teaser and a body, but can be extended by other modules. </li></ul><ul><li>Block used for brief snippets of info . </li></ul><ul><li>Created Content </li></ul><ul><li>Content Type </li></ul>
  14. 14. Issues/Challenges <ul><li>Security </li></ul><ul><li>Staff Skill Sets </li></ul><ul><li>Contribution Content </li></ul><ul><li>In-house Product headaches </li></ul><ul><li>RSS Feeds Updating themselves </li></ul><ul><li>Using C-Panel and 3 rd Party Fantastico challenges adding different modules, and updates. </li></ul>
  15. 15. <ul><li>Next 10 slides demonstrates creating a simple public library web site under 15 minutes. The site only consists of six pages: About Us, Branch Information, Library Services, Programs/Events, Using the Library; a Contact Form; and a Library Hours block. </li></ul>Creating a Simple Web Site
  16. 16. Getting Started with Drupal in your Library
  17. 17. Site Configuration – Site Info
  18. 18. Configure your website
  19. 19. Enable additional functionality
  20. 20. Customize your website design
  21. 21. Choosing a Theme/Custom Logo
  22. 22. Start posting content
  23. 23. Creating a Page
  24. 24. Blocks, Menus, Contact Forms, and Post Settings
  25. 25. User Management
  26. 26. Lazy Cat Public Library
  27. 27. Resources <ul><li>Articles </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Library Technology Reports </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Blogs </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Books </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Drupal: Creating Blogs, Forums, Portals, and Community Websites by David Mercer </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Building powerful and robust websites with Drupal 6 by David Mercer </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Facebook </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Drupal for fbPlatfomr </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Drupal </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Groups </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul>
  28. 28. Resources <ul><li>Listserv </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Websites </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>On YouTube </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Drupal Overview - </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Drupal Music Video - </li></ul></ul></ul>
  29. 29. Resources <ul><li>Workshops </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Do It With Drupal – 3 Day Seminar, New Orleans, LA December 10-12, 2008 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Other Services </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Acquici - </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fish4Info - </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ellyssa Kroski - </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Slide Share: Drupal and Libraries; Drupal for Libraries </li></ul></ul>
  30. 30. Tanya Finney <ul><li>Email: [email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Website (Slides): </li></ul>