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Nina McHale's picture

Drupal IG Meeting Annual 2011

The LITA Drupal Interest Group held its official meeting on Saturday, June 25th, from 1:30-3:30 in room 242 of the Morial Convention Center in New Orleans. The meeting drew a crowd of about 60 people.

We had four great presentations for Drupal users of all levels, with two presentations in-person and two virtual. PowerPoint files for Ledden and Bowen are attached to at the bottom of this post, and the links to Lynch's and Wiegand's presentation files are included with the session descriptions below.


Ignite: A Drupal Newbie’s Experiment
Stacie Ledden, Communications Manager, Anythink Libraries

PowerPoint presentation attached below.

Anythink Communications Manager Stacie Ledden discusses what it’s like backing into Drupal as a non-developer and using the launch of an intranet as a training experiment. She’ll discuss what it took to get Ignite, Anythink’s intranet, launched; challenges moving forward; and some lessons learned. This will not be a highly technical discussion–more a comedy of errors.


The eXtensible Catalog's Drupal Toolkit: a Discovery Interface to Address Users' Needs
Jennifer Bowen, Assistant Dean, University of Rochester River Campus Libraries

PowerPoint presentation attached below.

The eXtensible Catalog (XC) provides a fully-customizable open source discovery layer that incorporates into its design the findings of user research conducted at four institutions.  Built as a series of add-on Drupal 6 modules, the XC Drupal Toolkit enables libraries extensive user
interface customization, including the ability to create custom "Browse" screens for different groups of users, with no programming required. This presentation will include a demonstration of both the XC Drupal-based user interface and its administrative interfaces, and will showcase how the customizability of a discovery interface can enable libraries to meet the needs of different groups of users.


Libraries Going Mobile with Drupal
Katherine Lynch, Library Webmaster, Drexel University Libraries

Link to PowerPoint presentation, with audio: http://druplikate.com/DrupalIG/Libraries%20Going%20Mobile%20with%20Drupal.pptx

With the explosion of handheld technologies available to students, researchers, and the general public, libraries tend to need a mobile presence almost as much as they need a web presence at all. Drupal offers quick, easy solutions for taking a website mobile, but each new solution comes with performance costs, and each new mobile technology must be carefully integrated. This presentation will detail the top three methods by which site builders can turn a regular Drupal website into a mobile-optimized site. Benefits and drawbacks of each tested method will be given. Trends in mobile optimization for library websites will be reviewed as they apply to Drupal and theming. Finally, the Drexel Libraries’ mobile-optimized site will be shown, with brief details on the procedure and effectiveness of this exciting feature.


Using RSS, Feeds and Feeds XPath Parser to Inject Dynamic Content on a Mobile Site
Laura Wiegand, Information Systems Librarian, University of North Carolina Wilmington 

Link to presentation: http://prezi.com/foogdnt1-bvl/using-rss-feeds-and-feeds-xpath-parser-to-inject-dynamic-content-on-a-mobile-site/

When creating their mobile website, m.library.uncw.edu, librarians at the UNCW Randall Library wanted to be able to display dynamic content, such as hours for the next seven days and library news posts, without having to update both the mobile website and the main website. To accomplish this, content on the main site is exported as RSS xml and imported automatically into the mobile site via the Feeds module and the Feeds XPath Parser. This presentation will give an overview of how to accomplish this automatic importing of content using these modules.

Leo Klein's picture

Sounds like a great program.  Hats off to the organizers!