A few hours after LIS 768 chose project groups, I thought it might be appropriate to create a group within our class website. I used Google Image Search to locate a picture appropriate for a group avatar. Soon after group creation, Michael Stephens, Nate, James, Terri, and I were all Admins of the Fall 2010 LIS 768 Drupal Group.
Due to the mismatched schedules in our group, we worked together using a few social media tools (the Class group, Skype, and Google Docs). Through the class group we decided early on that building a prototype for our project would be the best way to learn and present Drupal to our classmates.
A tweet from @infomancy, live from School Library Journal summit (#sljsummit10) directed me to the article Drupal Gets Easier: Making a site? Ning-less? Try Drupal Gardens. From her hometown library in Iowa, Terri found a library website that could potentially benefit from a Drupal Gardens makeover. The Blairstown Public Library in Iowa provided a content base for us to work from on the prototype. Our goal was to create a working library website for Blairstown Public Library with Library 2.0 features (i.e. commenting, feedback, RSS, etc.) to encourage patrons to converse on the library’s website.
Drupal Gardens allowed for multiple log-ins for the same user-name, so we were all able to work on the website simultaneously. Our group used Skype to talk on a few Sunday mornings. James emailed us a sitemap he created, and also attached it to the documents section in the Class group. Nate initiated conference call sessions where we could hear each other and sometimes exchanged links via type-chat features. I tried using Facebook for its Note and TinyChat applications, but soon became frustrated with HTML barriers and persistent buggy mashups. The Google Docs and Presentation created by Nate and Terri, and edited by all of us, was the final collaborative movement.
Through our Drupal Group Project, we were able use a new Content Management System (CMS) to build the structure for a library website with Web 2.0 features. We carefully considered Blairstown Library culture in order to provide an appealing, practical, and community sensitive website prototype. Web 2.0 tools were used in the making of this Library 2.0 website; and staff at Blairstown Public Library in Iowa can use the same tools to maintain and further develop their online presence.
Here is a link to our Drupal Gardens presentation hosted by Google Docs.
Blairstown Public Library website prototype by the Fall 2010 Drupal Group (Nate, Terri, James, and me)