Using Drupal to build library websites

For Immediate Release
Tue, 04/22/2014


Dan Freeman

eLearning Manager

ALA Publishing

ALA Publishing

CHICAGO ALA Editions announces a new iteration of its popular eCourse, Using Drupal to Build Library Websites. Ken Varnum will serve as instructors for a 6-week facilitated eCourse starting on Monday, June 2, 2014.

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 introductory eCourse, librarian, consultant and Drupal expert Ken Varnum 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.

eCourse outline

  • Getting Started
    • What is a CMS?
    • Why Drupal?
    • Installing Drupal
    • Minimal Config
  • Making your first post
    • Anatomy of a Post (Node)
    • Basic Settings
    • Fields
    • Display Settings
    • Teasers
  • Content Types
    • Creating Content Types
    • Adding Fields
  • Extending Functionality
    • What is a module?
    • Installing Modules
    • Key Modules
  • Look and Feel
    • Installing Themes
    • Anatomy of a Page (Regions)
    • Placing Content (blocks)
  • Organization and Display
    • Taxonomy
    • Advanced Content Fields
    • Views
      • What are Views?
      • Anatomy of Views
      • Types of Views
      • Building Views
      • Theming Output
    • Advanced Views
  • Case Study: Blog/News Feed
  • Case Study: Calendar
  • Case Study: Photo Gallery

About the Instructor

Ken Varnum has been the Web systems manager at the University of Michigan Library since 2007, a position that involves all aspects of the libraries’ websites. In his 17 years working as a technology librarian, he has served in a variety of libraries, including a small special library at the Open Media Research Institute in Prague, a large corporate library at Ford Motor Company, and a small academic library at Tufts University. He received his MLIS from the University of Michigan and a Master’s of Russian and East European Studies. Prior to his postgraduate education, he received a BA from Grinnell College. His research interests include open source software, discovery environments, and personalized information delivery systems. Ken can be found on the web at and on Facebook, Twitter, and Google Plus under the username varnum. He writes occasionally about technologies and libraries on his blog, RSS4Lib.

Registration for this ALA Editions facilitated eCourse, which begins on June 2, 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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