For immediate release | January 3, 2012

By popular demand, ALA Editions offering new session of Using Drupal to Build Library Websites eCourse

CHICAGO - By popular demand, ALA Editions announces a new session of the facilitated eCourse Using Drupal to Build Library Websites. Sean Fitzpatrick will once again serve as the instructor for this six-week facilitated eCourse starting on Feb. 6, 2012.

Drupal is an open source content management tool that allows users to build complex websites without extensive programming, making it perfect for library websites. In this eCourse, librarian, consultant and Drupal expert Sean Fitzpatrick will guide participants in building an attractive, functional library website using Drupal. This test website will be hosted on a server for six months after the eCourse, facilitating additional learning. This eCourse will focus on Drupal 7, while highlighting what is still applicable to Drupal 6. Whether the objective is a simple site or full-service digital branch, this eCourse will give participants the know-how to get a library website up and running.

Sean will introduce you to Drupal, teach you how to set up and configure a site and give you the foundation for learning more.

Learning outcomes for this course:

  • Functional knowledge of Drupal
  • Ability to build basic websites
  • Experience in developing a fully-functional Drupal website
  • Knowledge of resources for expanding the functionality of a Drupal-based library website

Sean Fitzpatrick discovered Drupal a few years ago and hasn't looked back. A graduate of the University of North Texas School of Library and Information Science, he has worked in marketing, editing, writing, online content strategy, content management and Web design and development for libraries and organizations that support them. He developed the American Libraries magazine website in Drupal and is a Drupal consultant for LISHost.

Registration for this ALA Editions facilitated eCourse, which begins on Feb. 6, 2012, can be purchased at the ALA Store. Participants in this course will need regular access to a computer with an Internet connection for online message board participation, viewing online video, listening to streaming audio (MP3 files) and downloading and viewing PDF and PowerPoint files.

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Dan Freeman