A Content Management System is a system for managing content and providing it in various formats. There are several types of content management systems but I'm focusing on ALA's Web Content Management System.
Currently ALA is using the Serena Collage web content managment system (CMS). Collage is no longer being developed by Serena. ALA is shopping for a new CMS. The ALA Content Management Taskforce of Website Advisory Committee (WAC) is hard at work dealing with ALA's future CMS.
In December the WAC CMS Selection Taskforce publicly released a Request For Proposals (RFP) for the migration of ALA's web site into a new content management system. Responses to the RFP are requested by February 15, 2010.
Project Deadlines from the RFP: (NB: ALA’s fiscal year begins September 1st.)
- Ballpark pricing (optional, and no legal hold-to, just very useful for assistance with our fiscal 2011 budget cycle): January 5, 2010
- Proposals due February 15, 2010; early proposals welcome
- Optional: Site visits by prospective vendors who wish to make presentations to staff: February – April, 2010
- Project awarded: May 2010
- Requirements document: August 1, 2010
- Work to begin: September 1, 2010
- Completion: No later than May, 2011
Currently, Drupal is being used as a content managment system for:
"Drupal is being strongly considered for the next ala.org CMS (we will continue to use Serena Collage for most of this year), a decision hasn't been made and we are open to all options, commercial or open-source." -Sean Bires, ITTS (Information Technology and Telecommunication Services)