$43.00
ALA Member: 
$ 38.70
Item Number: 
978-0-8389-5794-3
Published: 
2008
Publisher: 
ALA TechSource
Pages: 
37
Width: 
8 12"
Height: 
11"
Format: 
Softcover
  • Description
  • Table of Contents
  • About the Authors

Libraries are about content: acquiring it, storing it, indexing it, retrieving it, and presenting it. Content management systems (CMS) help libraries accomplish these tasks on the Web by providing a back-end structure for a website so that librarians can focus on content. Authors Andy Austin and Christopher Harris have evaluated a number of these systems and have selected Drupal as the CMS with the best balance of usability and power.

In this issue of Library Technology Reports, you will learn how this open-source content management system makes use of the separation of content and formatting to allow you to create powerful, dynamic library websites. In addition to case studies, most of the report is dedicated to a useful and user-friendly how-to guide for libraries interested in utilizing Drupal — and its dedicated developer community — to build dynamic and easy-to-use library websites.

Topics Covered in this Issue Include:

  • Why Drupal? Who is Drupal?
  • System requirements and installation
  • Adding "stuff" to a Drupal site, and user management
  • Customizing your site, case studies, and Drupal resources

Libraries are about content: acquiring it, storing it, indexing it, retrieving it, and presenting it. Content management systems (CMS) help libraries accomplish these tasks on the Web by providing a back-end structure for a website so that librarians can focus on content. Authors Andy Austin and Christopher Harris have evaluated a number of these systems and have selected Drupal as the CMS with the best balance of usability and power.

In this issue of Library Technology Reports, you will learn how this open-source content management system makes use of the separation of content and formatting to allow you to create powerful, dynamic library websites. In addition to case studies, most of the report is dedicated to a useful and user-friendly how-to guide for libraries interested in utilizing Drupal — and its dedicated developer community — to build dynamic and easy-to-use library websites.

Topics Covered in this Issue Include:

  • Why Drupal? Who is Drupal?
  • System requirements and installation
  • Adding "stuff" to a Drupal site, and user management
  • Customizing your site, case studies, and Drupal resources


Andy Austin

Andy Austin is a Library Technologies Specialist with the Genesee Valley BOCES, where he spends much of his time developing Drupal sites. In addition to his BA in English from SUNY Geneseo and MLS from the University of Buffalo, he has New York State teacher certification as a school librarian. When not spending time with his wife, Vicky, and two young sons, Eric and Nate, he can be found maintaining the Drupal Marc project or infrequently posting on his personal Drupal site.

Christopher Harris

Christopher Harris, author of the blog Infomancy, is the coordinator of the school library system for Genesee Valley BOCES. In addition to his writing on Infomancy, he is a regular technology columnist for School Library Journal, talking about "The Next Big Thing." Along with Andy Austin, Harris wrote an ALA TechSource Library Technology Reports issue on using the open source Drupal content management framework in libraries, which was published in 2008. He was a participant in the first ALA Emerging Leaders program in 2007 and was honored as a Library Journal Mover and Shaker in 2008. An avid gamer, Harris was a member of the ALA/Verizon Foundation Gaming and Literacies grant national panel of experts.

Library Technology Reports

Published by ALA TechSource, Library Technology Reports helps librarians make informed decisions about technology products and projects. Library Technology Reports publishes eight issues annually and provides thorough overviews of current technology. Reports are authored by experts in the field and may address the application of technology to library services, offer evaluative descriptions of specific products or product classes, or cover emerging technology. Find out more information on this publication and how you can subscribe here.