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Leveraging Drupal Capabilities to Create a User-Focused Library Website

  • Author(s): Platoff, Anne M.
  • Lessing, Ian
  • Irie, Mai
  • et al.
Abstract

Redesigning the website for a major academic library is never an easy task.  It is even more complicated when combined with the migration of a static HTML site into a content management system.  The UCSB Library launched its Drupal-powered website in August 2011.  Throughout our redesign project we concentrated on creating a user-focused site which not only provides information about the Library, but also serves as a gateway to research for users with a wide variety of information needs and research literacy.  We selected Drupal as our content management system.  In our presentation, we will explain the variety of Drupal modules and capabilities that we have used to create a user-focused site.  The discussion will include the technology stack behind the site, the build process, the management of content, and how we leveraged Drupal capabilities to create specific features for our site.  Topics discussed will include our database of electronic resources, enhanced site search, assortment of targeted news feeds, “smart” help section, feature boxes, and performance issues.  The UCSB Library Drupal site is located at http://www.library.ucsb.edu.

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