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On a cool Sunday morning on January 27, several folks lined up next to the elevators in the Science Museum well before 10am, looking through the locked gate to see if anyone inside the museum noticed the line beginning to form. I thought the museum would be open and I could get a cup of coffee. No such luck. Drupal Day was to begin at 10am.
At 9:45am the gate opened and we were escorted to the 2nd floor into a room that can best be described as a work in progress. It’s really a lab for kids to work on projects, with several Mac workstations. We signed in, paid our $10.00 and found seats.
Again, looking for coffee, I was told the coffee pot was broken. I couldn’t believe it! I asked to see the coffee pot. The problem was he hadn’t put the top on it, thus causing hot water and grounds to spew all over the counter. We cleaned and made more coffee. At last, the morning was looking up!
At 10am Drupal Day got underway. There were close to 50 participants–all ages, all geeky. For the fashionista’s: Geekwear includes a hoodie, t-shirt, jeans that are too big, squared-off glasses, no make-up (for either sex), and worn sneakers. Other options included retro polyester, circa 1970, tights with knee-hi’s.
Okay, so what’s DRUPAL? Drupal is an Open Source CMS (content management system) that enables users to create elaborate websites contained within a systematic content framework. The framework allows multiple users to develop, create, collaborate, and edit the entire website without having to really know html or any other web development applications.
I wanted to attend Drupal Day because CLIC is investigating whether Drupal will meet our consortial office needs. We have 8 libraries that make up the CLIC Consortium with many library committees who have several documents, manuals, agendas, and minutes that require posting and editing to the CLICwebsite each month. A CMS like Drupal will enable us to provide library staff members to edit their own documents, manuals, etc., thus further developing the consortial environment as well as providing a venue for collaboration and instant editing.
As an added bonus, as an added bonus, since Drupal is Open Source , there’s no cost to use the software. The cost of using a hosted Drupal provider is about $120.00 per year. I don’t know about you, but I spend at least that amount on coffee!;-)
Now, back to Drupal Day:
Drupal Day was part of TCOpenCircuit, a relatively new organization. The 6 members that organized and orchestrated Drupal Day had an agenda that included:
The beginner section was given instruction on how Drupal works and some of the modules.
The afternoon session included
The people who moderated and presented were not Drupalexperts. Nor was the day the most well-organized. Instead, it was a meeting of people who wanted to share and exchange what they knew and encouraged participants to add to the knowledge base during the presentations and discussions.
This was one of the very best ’seminars’ I’ve ever attended. Well worth 3X the cost of admission!
As a side note, a friend and I chatted afterward and basically got locked in the Science Museum making ‘Night at the Museum’ a real possibility!;-))