What People are Saying

…A remarkable job pulling together the basics of the Drupal CMS into a readable, short, yet thorough, book.

Nina McHale, Assistant Systems Administrator
Digital Services, Arapahoe Library District

This is a good addition to the shelves of any information manager interested in the future uses of technology.

Philip Calvert
Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
in The Electronic Library

This book is recommended for library staff and administrators who are investigating the applicability of CMS platforms for their libraries...

T. J. Lusher
Northern Illinois University
in Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship

The book is easy to read, and will be useful for anyone wishing to understand more about the way Drupal works. The more general material, on planning a CMS implementation, marketing the site, and monitoring use, will be useful in a broader context.

Brenda Chawner
Victoria University of Wellington
in Library Review, Volume 62 Issue 4/5

... Installation tasks are logically, sequentially and exhaustively covered--certainly in sufficient detail for a systems librarian or amateur with the aptitude to build, populate, test, commission, promote and measure the impact of the new website. This advice alone easily justifies the purchase price. The chapter on metrics is also excellent. ...

Ian McCallum
Libraries Alive!
in Australian Library Journal, Volume 62, Number 2, p. 163

Drupal in Libraries, the fourteenth in ALA’s Tech Set series, is an essential guide to any library contemplating a move to Drupal. ... [It] is a primary guide for any library considering a switch to Drupal.

Robert J. Vander Hart
in Journal of Web Librarianship
Vol. 7, No. 3, pp. 349-350

About the Book

Welcome to the Companion Site

This is the companion site to Drupal in Libraries, published in May 2012 by ALA TechSource as part of The Tech Set® #11-20. If you're looking to buy a copy, try Amazon.com, the ALA Store, or your favorite bookseller. On this site you'll find updates on the book, a sample chapter, a forum for questions and answers, and information about Ken Varnum.

Review in the Journal of Web Librarianship

Drupal in Libraries, the fourteenth in ALA’s Tech Set series, is an essential guide to any library contemplating a move to Drupal. ... [It] is a primary guide for any library considering a switch to Drupal.

Introductory Course on Using Drupal

I will once again be teaching Using Drupal to Build Library Websites through ALA Editions. This 6-week e-course will cover the basics of configuring a clean Drupal 7 installation, creating content types, working with views, and applying themes. No programming language experience is needed, although a basic understanding of HTML and CSS is helpful. The course starts the week of October 7.

Review in The Australian Library Journal

... Installation tasks are logically, sequentially and exhaustively covered--certainly in sufficient detail for a systems librarian or amateur with the aptitude to build, populate, test, commission, promote and measure the impact of the new website. This advice alone easily justifies the purchase price. The chapter on metrics is also excellent. ...

Recipe for Searching LibGuides in Drupal

A recipe for harvesting SpringShare's LibGuides content into Drupal and making it available in search results using standard modules.

Library Review

The book is easy to read, and will be useful for anyone wishing to understand more about the way Drupal works. The more general material, on planning a CMS implementation, marketing the site, and monitoring use, will be useful in a broader context.

Getting Started with Drupal in a Library -- workshop on 10 May 2013

Join Ken Varnum at the Michigan Library Association's Applied Technologies & Trends day-long conference on Friday, May 10, for a talk on Getting Started with Drupal in a Library.

eCourse on Using Drupal to Build Library Websites

Ken Varnum will be co-teaching this spring's offering of ALA's Using Drupal to Build Library Websites online course. This six-week online course will guide participants in building an attractive, functional library website using Drupal. The test website you build 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.

Drupal Global Training Day on 14 December 2012

The Drupal Association is offering a quarterly "Global Training Day" on 14 December 2012. On these days, there are free (or low cost) training events scheduled in many geographic locations around the world and online (thanks to Lullabot and Open Source Training). For full details, see the Global Training Days page on drupal.org. For direct access to online events, see:

Meet the Author at the ALA Annual Conference June 21-26

Poster for book signing

For those of you going to the ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim from June 21-26, there are two opportunities to stop by and say 'hi' to me: a talk and a book signing.

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