Training Schedule for New IUB Libraries Website

The DRS are inAt last, the new IUB Libraries website is… not quite polished and ready for prime time, but close enough that we are ready to create logins for librarians & staff members so you can begin working on your content! The training schedule has been announced via the Libraries Website listserv and in “Between the Lines” – if you have not yet RSVP’d for the session(s) most appropriate for you, please do so by emailing Anne.


Here’s the schedule for group training sessions – all in Instruction Cluster 1 of the Information Commons:

Branch Libraries & Library Departments – Librarians & Staff W 3/12 10:00-11:00
T 3/18 10:00-11:00
R 3/20 1:00-2:00
Subject Guides – Librarians & Staff T 3/11 10:00-11:00
F 3/14 2:00-3:00
W 3/19 2:00-3:00
M 3/31 4:00-5:00
Temporary (Student) Employees T 3/25 10:00-11:00
W 3/26 3:00-4:00
F 3/28 11:00-12:00
General Session – for those who just have a few pages to maintain T 4/1 10:00-11:00
W 4/2 2:00-3:00


Libraries & Departments: News, features, services, and more – M 4/14 2:00-3:00

Introduction/Refresher: Finding & creating basic content – T 4/15 1:00-1:30

Subject Guides: Posts, concentrations, categories, and more – W 4/16 10:00-11:00

Libraries & Departments: News, features, services, and more – T 4/22 10:00-11:00

Subject Guides: Posts, concentrations, categories, and more – W 4/23 3:00-4:00

Introduction/Refresher: Finding & creating basic content – R 4/24 10:00-10:30


The members of Discovery & Research Services (Courtney, Rachael, and Anne) will also be staffing “office hours” for those who have questions or need help with a specific issue on their pages. Look for announcements on the website listserv and in Between the Lines very soon – but because you’re reading our blog and thus are one of our favorite people, here’s the schedule just for you:

Monday, March 17 through Wednesday, May 7 in Wells W531

  • Mondays: 11:00-1:00 (NOTE: no office hours on April 7)
  • Wednesdays: 10:00-11:00 (NOTE: no office hours on April 9 or 16)
  • Fridays: 3:00-5:00 (NOTE: no office hours on April 18 or May 9)

People, get ready – there’s a train(ing) a-comin’!

Real Questions from Real People: part 4

Drupal logo
The “Druplicon” – Drupal’s official logo

At today’s DUX brown-bag, we had a few questions about Drupal from folks who are curious about how it works “under the hood.” I’d like to offer a few resources that might be helpful for those who have that level of curiosity – with the reassurance that you do NOT have to understand much about Drupal in order to create and edit content on the new website, any more than you really have to understand how spark plugs work in order to drive your car.

So for your basic “what is Drupal?” question, the Wikipedia entry on Drupal is not a bad place to start. It gets fairly geeky, but it’s a good overview.

Another site to investigate is, the official site of Drupal and the Drupal community. The “About Drupal” page in particular is a good place to start. There’s a ton of information on the site, and it gives you a good sense of the scope of the community and how many people are using this platform worldwide.

For information specific to the library world, you can start with Colorado State University’s  LibGuide – it has tons of resources and information related to the use of Drupal in libraries. Thanks, CSU!

The “Libraries” community on is fairly active though it is geared primarily for web developers and other geekish types rather than your average website content creator.

I have a copy of Ken Varnum’s book Drupal in Libraries on my desk, and if you’d like to borrow it for a few days, just let me know! The book has a companion website which is quite useful.

And finally, if you really want to get your geek on and take a class, UITS doesn’t currently offer anything on Drupal but you do have a couple of options. ALA offers an online course on “Using Drupal to Build Library Websites” which is currently closed but will be offered again in the future; I took this course some months ago and found it to be pretty well-organized and understandable. The Library Juice Academy is offering a similar “Introduction to Drupal for Libraries” class, which runs from June 1-28. Neither of these options is free, and both will probably give you way more than you really need to know in order to add content to our new site, but if you’re interested they are good learning opportunities. also has some Drupal modules; note that they offer training in both Drupal 6 and Drupal 7 – our site is being built using Drupal 7. One caveat for all of these learning options: our site is going to be customized for us, and the admin interface will probably look somewhat different from what you see in these courses and videos. But the basic concept of how a Drupal site works will still be there.

Questions? Please ask!


Talking About A New Website: a series of DUX Brown Bag Conversations

Image of brown lunch bagYou asked, we listened: DUX is excited to announce that we will soon have a brand new Library website.  Next to the catalog, the website is probably our most used staff tool – not to mention its public-facing functions: providing access to our collections and resources, informing users about our services, and generally assisting us in supporting research and teaching needs of our campus.

With a project this large and complex, there are lots of questions. So, in order to help us better inform you about the upcoming conversion of the Libraries’ website to a shiny new Drupal environment, and to ensure that all library staff have plenty of chances to ask us questions, DUX will be hosting a series of brown-bag conversations. These will take place from noon-1 pm on the last Thursday of each month in Wells 043, and all IUB Libraries staff (including hourly) and librarians are welcome to attend. Please join us – we promise to make it fun as well as informative. There might even be treats and prizes involved! Bring your lunch, your questions, and your colleagues.

Dates and topics are as follows:

March 28: Timeline
What’s the plan? When is this all happening? What do we need to do? We will address these kinds of nuts and bolts questions to help everyone get comfortable with the project timeline.

April 25: Training
How will the new site work? What support is there for migrating and updating pages? Who’s going to do it all? …

May 30: Transition
At some point we have to flip the big switch in the sky and go from the old site to the new site. We’ll talk about that and about all the details that go along with it – what about all those bookmarks? …

June 20*: Trends and Testing Postponed
We’ll have something new to show off and we’ll all be curious how people are taking to it right away. We’ll present information about initial user reactions we’ve collected and outline a plan for ongoing user testing for the new site.

*Note: a week early this month due to ALA

July 25: Teaching Postponed
So we have this new website! How are we going to help our students and faculty understand the best ways to use it for their research needs? We’ll talk about using the site in “traditional” library instruction and at the reference desk, as well as other ways to communicate with our constituents about the new site.

August 22*: Tips and Tricks
The summer’s over, so here they come. This session will focus on gearing up for the new semester with a new site.

*Note: a week early this month due to classes beginning


brown bag photo credit: axmai on flickr