RESCHEDULED: Bootstrapping your Library Web-site with Drupal, an Open Source Content Management System

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the January 21st session Bootstrapping… has been rescheduled to March 11th. Our most sincere apologies for any inconvenience this may have caused. We will be sending out a new notice regarding the session towards the end of February.

Thank you for your understanding.

Join us for a panel presentation about using the open-source content management system Drupal as a back-end for your library website and library applications.

Panelists will provide an overview of Drupal: what it is; pros and cons; features and benefits. They will share their experiences throughout the development stages, including how to plan and design a Drupal site, out-of-the box vs. custom built applications, modules created for and used by libraries, and more.

Panel members are from academic and special libraries and will provide attendees with a realistic understanding of how people from diverse backgrounds with different requirements can approach Drupal.

The session incorporates interactive components for demonstrations and step-by-step instruction. Refreshments will be provided.


  • Dave Kisly, Web Developer
  • Ron Jerome, National Research Council of Canada
  • Anthony Petryk, Carleton University

When: March 11, more details to follow
Where: Ottawa Public Library Main Branch, 120 Metcalfe St. Ottawa, ON K1P 5M2

Register by sending your name and membership/student status to: rsvp@caslisottawa.on.ca.

  • CLA members: $20
  • Non-members: $30
  • CLA student members: $10
  • Student non-members: $15
  • New Professionals (those working in the field for less than two years): $15
  • Members of other professional associations (SLA, OALT, etc.): $25

Speaker Biographies:

Dave Kisly is currently working with the Canadian Research Knowledge Network on IT and web-related projects, serving as the technical lead in the migration of the organization's website to a more flexible platform, and in the concurrent development of two associated Drupal modules to manage and provide membership access to licensing information and contact information.

Dave has also contributed to a number of other Drupal library projects, including SFU's "Multicultural Canada" website; the AlouetteCanada project; several historical and research-oriented websites and applications hosted by UPEI Library; the "Manitobia" site (a historical site involving U. Manitoba, U. Winnipeg); as lead developer / application architect in the OpenILL project (U. Winnipeg and other partner libraries); and as a former Project Coordinator and as a "on-call" developer w/ the BC Electronic Library Network. More recent and ongoing projects involve web application development with the Canadian Human Rights Reporter, the National Aboriginal Health Organization, and Down Syndrome International, among others.

Dave holds an M.L.I.S., in addition to degrees in Anthropology (M.A.) and Psychology (B.A.).

Ron Jerome is a senior programmer/analyst with the National Research Council Canada. Since 1981, Ron has used his training in Mechanical Engineering to take on many different roles at the NRC, from the design and use of equipment and data acquisition systems related to ice research in the high arctic, to his present role as manager of a High Performance Computing (HPC) and Visualization facility used to model materials and processes that produce cleaner power such as fuel cells and the next generation of batteries.

Throughout his career, one of Ron’s central interests has been computer and networking technologies and has been a proponent of Open Source Software (OSS) and WWW related technologies since the early 90’s. Ron’s HPC facility runs almost completely on OSS, from the Operating System (CentOS), the Parallel Distributed File System (Lustre), the job queuing system (GridEngine) to the modeling code (OpenFOAM) and of course, uses the Drupal content management system for web access.

Ron is the author of the Biblio and OAI-PMH modules for Drupal which were originally created for internal use, but were contributed back to the OSS community almost 4 years ago and have continued to grow and thrive ever since. There are currently an estimated 1500 installations of the Biblio module world wide, some containing 10’s of thousands of records.

Anthony Petryk is the Web Initiatives Librarian at Carleton University Library, where he is currently managing the redesign of the Library website in Drupal. Previously he worked at the Kingston Frontenac Public Library as the Virtual Services Librarian. He earned both his B.Sc. and MLIS from McGill University.

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