We’ve been using Drupal at MPOW for almost three years, but I feel like there’s still tons to learn. Drupal is really hot in libraries right now and it seems like everyone is talking about it. Below are the Drupal posts and resources I’ve come across in just the past week or so. Drink it up!
- Recommended Online Drupal Resources
- The Librarian in Black shares her collection of resources. It’s got some great links for people trying to wrap their heads around Drupal.
- Is Dreamweaver being beaten by Drupal?
- This article on oreilly.com doesn’t really answer the question posed in its title, but it does a pretty good job of contrasting static and dynamic websites. It gets a little technical, but provides a lot of food for thought.
- more drupal, if you can stand it
- Amanda Etches-Johnson wraps up her series on Drupal. Be sure to check out her earlier posts as well. It’s a great way to learn about what libraries can do with Drupal.
- A n00b goes camping – Drupal Camp at Darien Library
- DrupalCon was held in D.C. last week, but libraryland recently held its own Drupal event. Darien Library in Connecticut held a Drupal unconference. I watched a live stream on the web and it was a very cool event. Cindi Trainor attended in person and posted a very in-depth writeup over at ALA TechSource. She makes a great point that Drupal can be used for almost anything and is only limited by the expertise found in libraries.
- Drupal Taxonomy Tutorial
- This popped up in Cindi Trainor’s FriendFeed (FriendFeed is a great way to keep up with what others are bookmarking and sharing). Anyway, taxonomies are one of the more difficult concepts to grasp in Drupal. So it’s nice to have a tutorial like this that steps you through the process.
- Service Providers For Libraries
- This was posted on the Libraries Drupal Groups site. It’s a nice roundup of companies providing Drupal-related services for libraries. Providers like these make Drupal available to libraries even if they don’t have in-house support.
- Software System’s Fans Gather to Talk Code
- Even the NY Times has picked up on Drupal’s popularity. This article gives some good examples of companies and groups using this CMS for their websites.
Oh, if you are near Cincinnati there is a Drupal Users Group here that formed a few months ago. The group is shaping up nicely and is great for newbies and gurus. Meetings are at 6:30pm on the 1st Wednesday of each month at the Public Library’s main branch.