ALA Online eCourse - “Using Drupal to Build Library Websites” - LibraryLinkNJ Discount - Registration Closed - ALA class filled

Event Information


Monday, November 7, 2011 - 9:00am to Monday, December 12, 2011 - 5:00pm

Event Type: 

Continuing Education - Webinar

Event Category: 

Professional/Personal Development

CEU Hours: 





LibraryLinkNJ is subsidizing the cost for 10 individual members to take this online training from the American Library Association.  The price to you for this course is just $50! That’s an 80% discount off the list price of $250.

Please send payment (purchase order or check payable to LibraryLinkNJ) to:


44 Stelton Road, Suite 330

Piscataway, NJ 08854

LibraryLinkNJ subsidizes the cost of each class to make high-quality, low-cost training available to staff of member libraries. Please pay registration fees promptly.

You may cancel up to ten 10 business days before a scheduled class without penalty and receive a credit for another class, or a full refund. If you cancel less than ten days before, you are responsible for payment.  For complete payment and cancellation policies, go to


This ALA hosted asynchronous eCourse begins November 7, 2011 and continues for 6 weeks.

This ALA eCourse is licensed for single users only, no group registration is available. 

Estimated Hours of Learning: 30
Certificate of Completion available upon request from ALA.

About the Instructor:

Sean Fitzpatrick discovered Drupal a few years ago and hasn't looked back. A graduate of the University of North Texas School of Library and Information Science, he has worked in marketing, editing, writing, online content strategy, content management, and web design and development for libraries and organizations that support them. He developed the American Libraries magazine website in Drupal and is a Drupal consultant for LIS Host.

Learning outcomes:

  • Functional knowledge of Drupal
  • Ability to build basic websites
  • Experience in developing a fully-functional Drupal website
  • Knowledge of resources for expanding the functionality of a Drupal-based library website

Drupal is an open source content management tool that allows users to build complex websites without extensive programming, making it perfect for library websites. In this eCourse, librarian, consultant and Drupal expert Sean Fitzpatrick will guide participants in building an attractive, functional library website using Drupal. This test website will be hosted on a server for six months after the eCourse, facilitating additional learning. This eCourse will focus on Drupal 7, while highlighting what is still applicable to Drupal 6. Whether the objective is a simple site or full-service digital branch, this eCourse will give participants the know-how to get a library website up and running.

eCourse Outline:

  • Getting Started
    • What is a CMS?
    • Why Drupal?
    • Installing Drupal
    • Minimal Config
  • Making your first post
    • Anatomy of a Post (Node)
    • Basic Settings
    • Fields
    • Display Settings
    • Teasers
  • Content Types
    • Creating Content Types
    • Adding Fields
  • Extending Functionality
    • What is a module?
    • Installing Modules
    • Key Modules
  • Look and Feel
    • Installing Themes
    • Anatomy of a Page (Regions)
    • Placing Content (blocks)
  • Organization and Display
    • Taxonomy
    • Advanced Content Fields
    • Views
      • What are Views?
      • Anatomy of Views
      • Types of Views
      • Building Views
      • Theming Output
    • Advanced Views
  • Case Study: Blog/News Feed
  • Case Study: Calendar
  • Case Study: Photo Gallery

How this eCourse Works:

The ALA eCourse begins on November 7. Your participation will require approximately five hours a week, at times that fit your schedule. There are no live sessions. All activities take place on the website, and you will be expected to

  • Read, listen to or view online content
  • Post to online discussion boards
  • Complete weekly assignments or activities

Instructor Sean Fitzpatrick will monitor discussion boards regularly during the six-week period, lead group discussions, and will also answer individual questions. All interaction will take place on the eCourse site, which will be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It's recommended that students log into the site on November 7 or within a few days for an overview of the content and to begin the first lesson.

User Requirements:

Participants will need regular access to a computer with an internet connection for online message boards participation, viewing online video, listening to streaming audio (mp3 files), and downloading and viewing PDFs and PowerPoint files. ALA Editions eCourses are fully compatible with Windows and MacOs.


Required Participant Commitment:

All eCourse participants must already possess access to the technology necessary to participate - see User Requirements above.

Participants are required to commit to do the following:

1.    Complete the course and all assignments

2.    Participate in an LibraryLinkNJ evaluation of the course after it is completed

3.    Act as a resource to their colleagues on this topic

Online Access Information:

After the registration deadline, all registered participants will receive additional confirmation and eCourse access information.

Registration Information



LibraryLinkNJ registration has closed.

ALA has reached their full capacity for this eCourse. 

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