spreading the Drupal love

December 23, 2008

I mentioned in a previous post that I was spending a bit of time learning Drupal.

In my foray of Drupal learning, I’ve come across some great resources for libraries using this open-source content management software for running their websites, portals, or blogs.

Drupallib a place for library drupallers to hang out. Drupallib “is intended as a place for Drupal implementors in libraries to share ideas, configurations, themes, and maybe even to incubate the development of some modules that allow commonly desired functionality in library websites (both for libraries’ principle sites or for secondary or specialized subsites). Drupalib features a blog, a forum, and a listing of drupal sites implemented by libraries.”

Drupal for Libraries listserv is a very active discussion list, where you can discuss various aspects about implementing Drupal in your library.

Drupal Groups including a group for libraries.

The September issue of The CyberSkeptic’s Guide to Internet Research has an article on Drupal and Libraries. Writtern by Elyssa Kroski from iLibrarian, the article provides an overview of Drupal and applications in libraries. Elyssa also has a presentation on Drupal for Libraries from Computers in Libraries 2008 worth checking out.

Want more? Amanda Etches-Johnson at blogwithoutalibrary.net has a 3 part series on Drupal. Amanda demystifies Drupal modules. The McMaster Library website was completely redesigned using Drupal. Impressive!

Going to the OLA Super Conference? Take a look at session #413, Building User Centred Websites with Drupal. I’ll be there!

Your Daily Dose of WWW Goodness has a great list of the top 50 proprietary programs that drive you crazy and their open source alternatives.

The list offers up a variety of open source options for MS Office tools, productivity software, web editors, security software and desktop utilities.

While open source software has it own issues, some of these products are worth looking at as viable alternatives to their proprietary counterparts.