NYPL has just announced that they will be hosting a DrupalCamp this Summer to share experiences, skills, and best practices for working with the open source content management system. NYPL recently wrangled their sprawling online presence into a Drupal system, and this camp is geared toward sharing those experiences and tapping into the community of Drupal users in NYC. Read on for the official announcement:
In January 2010 the New York Public Library unveiled a soup-to-nuts re-engineering of its website, moving 15 years of digital sprawl into a modern, open source content management system: Drupal. Drupal not only enables us to better organize and interrelate our web content, it also lets us turn over daily control of various local website areas to the staff who know them best. Six months into this new era, staff from across the Library are learning how to update their own location information and events calendars, and are experimenting with exciting new tools like blogs, audio and video to build a dynamic new digital experience for our patrons.
Now, with half a year under our belts, we’d like to share our experiences with other libraries in the first-ever NYPL Drupal Camp. Whether you’re considering adopting Drupal for your website, or are already an old hand, this will be a great opportunity to learn directly from NYPL digital staff, to share your own insights, and perhaps lay groundwork for collaboration.
This event will take place over two days: Thursday August 26 and Friday August 27, from 9 am to 5 pm.
The first day will be a series of presentations by NYPL staff with plenty of opportunities for questions and answers.
Topics for the first day include (subject to change):
• Content development
• Staff training
• Project management/staffing
• Information architecture
• User testing process
• Content migration
• Vendors/IT relationships
The second day will be an un-conference format during which attendees set the schedule of sessions, some of which can be all-day long code sprints.
The workshop is free. Coffee will be provided and a listing of nearby lunch options.
WHAT: NYPL Drupal Camp
WHERE: Science, Industry and Business Library
188 Madison Avenue, Lower Level, Room 018
New York, NY 10016
WHEN: Thursday August 26 and Friday August 27
9 am to 5 pm.
LIMIT: Please note that registration is limited to 2 participants per organization. We would recommend that one project/content manager, and one technical staff member attend NYPL Drupal Camp.