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For Immediate Release

June 24, 2008

ALA TechSource Library Technologies Report: (vol. 44:4) Drupal in Libraries

CHICAGO - Written by Andy Austin and Christopher Harris — who work for the
School Library System of the
Genesee Valley BOCES (Board of Educational Cooperative Services) in New York State — this issue features helpful case history examples of Drupal, an open-source software, and a user-friendly how-to guide for libraries interested in utilizing Drupal — and its dedicated developer community — to build dynamic and easy-to-use library Web sites.

"Libraries are about content: acquiring it, storing it, indexing it, retrieving it and presenting it," explain the authors in chapter 1 ("Welcome to a New Paradigm"). "Content management systems help libraries accomplish these tasks on the Web by providing a back-end structure for a Web site so the authors can focus on content."

Also in the "Drupal in Libraries" issue:

  • Why Drupal? Who is Drupal?
  • System Requirements and Installation
  • "Adding 'Stuff' to a Drupal Site" (Chapter 3) and "User Management" (Chapter 4)
  • Drupal Customization, Case Studies, and Drupal Resources

More information and a free sample from this Library Technology Report can be found at:

About the Authors

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 bachelor’s in English from SUNY Geneseo and MLS from the University of Buffalo, he has New York State teacher certification as a school library media specialist. 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, author of the
Infomancy blog, is the coordinator of the school library system for Genesee Valley BOCES, an educational services agency that supports the libraries of 22 small, rural districts in western New York. In addition to blogging on Infomancy, Christopher is a technology blogger for School Library Journal on
Digital Reshift as well as a regular technology columnist. He was a participant in the first
American Library Association Emerging Leaders program in 2007 and was named a Library Journal Mover and Shaker for 2008. Christopher is an avid gamer as well as a dedicated reader. He lives with his wife, an elementary librarian, in Le Roy, New York.

About ALA TechSource

ALA TechSource is a unit of the Publishing Dept. of the American Library Association and publishes the periodicals Library Technology Reports and Smart Libraries Newsletter as well as the popular ALA TechSource Blog.