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Using Drupal as a Client to External Content from a Fedora Item Repository.

I am trying to build a simple web application to view items in a Fedora repository. I am aware of the Islandora project, but our team was not satisfied with it as a solution (I am not criticizing their hard-work!). I am looking to build an alternative module / feature / cookbook to contribute back to the Drupal community that would be helpful for other archival institutions who want to implement a Drupal solution for a digital archive / repository.

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Sandice58's picture

Library management system

Hello. I'm a new to drupal and I have started working on my first project which is creating an online library management system. Where students and staff can be able to log in, search(by title, author)/add books, fines, view their history e.t.c. If you have ever created one or have any tips or modules to use, i'll gladly appreciate any help you provide

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tfinney's picture

Theme Suggestions for Public Libraries

I am driving myself crazy looking for a good theme for my library new website.

I want a theme that already has a slide show included in it’s settings and something I can change the color scheme without messing around with the CSS file.

Also social network (Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest) logo or images.

There are so many themes, any suggestions.

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aslaughter's picture

Chicagoland Library Drupal Group

2013-01-15 09:30 - 12:00 America/Chicago
Event type: 
User group meeting

Join us for the next Chicagoland Drupal group meeting at the Oak Park Public Library.

9:30-10:00 am -- Networking, coffee
10-10:30 am -- Margaret Heller: OAI-PMH/exposing data module options
10:30-11:30 am -- Sean Fitzpatrick, LISHost: Drush and command line basics; demo of recent library projects
11:30-Noon -- Open sharing

Bring your ideas!

Oak Park Public Library
834 Lake St.
Oak Park, IL 60301

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mattsenate's picture

XML wysiwyg Editor

Does anyone have interest, insight, or thoughts about starting an xml wysiwyg editor project for Drupal?

I'm interested in possibly authoring academic research (especially science) that is created and stored natively as XML and then transformed (through XSL and XSL-FO respectively) to HTML and PDF, as well as awesome formats like ePub.

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ssanzo's picture

SEO for Libraries: Focus on the Basics

We just posted a blog piece on some SEO basics for libraries. Pretty short and simple, but has some good information to get you started.

You can read it at:

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attheshow's picture

Organizational vs. Personal Git Accounts?

For contributing to Drupal, are there any organizations out there that ask individual developers to use an organizational Git account (vs. a personal Git account) to make commits to projects? Are organizational accounts common in the Drupal community? Why or why not?

If you do use an organizational account, how do you (or they, if speaking of another org.) go about managing multiple Git identities on the local environment? Would you do this by just committing as yourself to internal projects and then committing as the org. account to a contributed project?

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peacekaat's picture

Spam control past mollom

We are currently using mollom to prevent spammers. This worked fine until about a month ago, when a couple of very invasive spammers somehow managed to get through mollom -- using complete and obvious garbage -- and post it 20-50 times a day to our site.

Does anyone have a best practices solution, or does anyone have other suggestions on how to beat spam?

We are running D 6.20.

Thanks in advance.

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Courtney.B's picture

Access Control: OG vs. Workbench

Hey all,

My name is Courtney and I work as the Web Interface Designer at Johnson County Library in Kansas. We have begun our Drupal journey and are in the process of redesigning our Teen section in Drupal.

First, what sort of access control have you set up at your library? How does that work for you? Any shortcomings/pitfalls? Any awesome-sauce access control awesomeness?

Second, I've narrowed down options to two possible modules: Workbench suite or Organic groups.

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trista13's picture

Search widgets and sizing

I have several search boxes on my website that are from outside vendors. The vendors have websites where you can "create" your search widget with the parameters you want and then it spits out HTML code for you to put on your website. This code uses set pixels for size. I'm running into the problem of having the search boxes go beyond their block boundaries depending on the size of the screen the site is being viewed on. I've messed around with the code, trying to get them to be more flexible, but have had no luck.

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aslaughter's picture

Chicagoland Drupal in Libraries Group

2012-10-16 09:30 - 12:00 America/Chicago
Event type: 
User group meeting

Join us at the Northbrook Public Library for informal presentations on Drupal. Librarians, IT, etc., are welcome to learn from experienced Drupal users during presentation time and share problems/experiences/interesting tricks during the open share time. Please bring your questions!

Mick Jacobsen will present the basics of the Themekey module. Rob Dumas will lead a discussion on Git.

Northbrook Public Library
1201 Cedar Lane
Northbrook, IL 60062-4513
Phoe: 847.272.6224

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dellenbaugh's picture

Website service plan to assist with the support of the hosted library web pages | Arlington Texas Public Library

Employment type: 


Respond by MAIL with answers to all questions in the PDF by 5:00 PM Central on September 13, 2012.

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snydman's picture

New Library Website in Drupal: Stanford University Libraries

The Stanford University Libraries recently launched a redesign of its main library website at I've written blog post about some of the technical approaches we took on the site that this group might be interested. We have more work to do on documenting the site, but hopefully this intro gives you all an idea of how we approached some of the more important features.

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maddermonk's picture

Creating a personal library site. How to I track borrowers?

I am trying to create a library site for my own personal book collection. I've figured out that I need to use the Field module (using Drupal 7) to create the books catalog, but what do I use to track users and the books they borrow?

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Claire Hernandez's picture

About Drupal OPAC module (D7)

After Kelly's post I told myself that it would be cool to share our project with you and what's next. Alex began to develop the opac module. Now, this developpment will evolve differently from september with a whole team (commiters, testers, librarians, …), roadmap and users. We have a lot of ideas, work to be done, and things to do … and it's great!

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krlucas's picture

New blog post on connecting an ILS to Drupal 7

Hi Everyone,

I just posted my first blog about our (Isovera's) project to build an OPAC front-end in Drupal. The blog itself is about the various ways to connect to an ILS (web services/NCIP, SIP2, direct database, etc).

I'm new to the library world so please don't hesitate to dress me down in the comments!

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joelrichard's picture

Advice on Technique for LOD-enabled "Digital Library"

Good morning,

I've cross-posted this to both Semantic Web and Libraries because I think there are elements that appeal to both.

I'm going to give a bit of background on the project I'm working on and hopefully I can get some confirmation as to whether or not this is the "best" way to go about doing this. This is Drupal 7, of course. So far, I've been moving in the most obvious direction and using the tools that are most readily available.


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aslaughter's picture

Chicagoland Drupal in Libraries

2012-07-19 09:30 - 12:00 America/Chicago
Event type: 
User group meeting

The next Chicagoland Drupal in Libraries meeting will be held on Thursday, July 19 from 9:30-noon at Dominican University (7900 W. Division, River Forest, IL) in Crown 111 in the library. Parking is available on the street and by permits available at the meeting.

Richard Kong (Digital Services Manager), Mike Driskell (IT Manager), and Rich Dworianyn (Web Developer) from Arlington Heights Memorial Library will speak about SOPAC
Anne Slaughter and Sean Fitzpatrick will speak about the new website.

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leoklein's picture

Report on the Drupal4Lib BoF at ALA Anaheim

Only local images are allowed.

Great and rousing session at the Drupal4Lib BoF. We had a too-and-fro which was both extremely fun and informative. This consisted of talking shop, of talking approaches to problems and of plans that people had for the future. Drupal4Lib IG Chair and Co-chair Nina McHale and Chris Evjy were there to tell us about their activities. Ilana Kingsley (UAF) kindly volunteered to serve as chair of the IG for the coming year.

Thanks to everyone who came. It was a great opportunity to meet people directly who we otherwise only know online.  Hope to see you all next year in Chicago!

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highermath's picture

How to Quickly Build a Web App Using Drupal (@ ALA Annual)

2012-06-23 13:30 - 17:30 America/Los_Angeles
Event type: 
Related event (ie. not Drupal specific)

This ALA Annual session on How to Quickly Build a Web App Using Drupal will have a open format. It will start with an overview of Drupal and its toolbox pantry, and then Cary and Rain will first show how to build a simple app, then go through how we built and some other apps.

That will be followed by other libraries who want to show us their apps. We will close with a resource overview.

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