Coming August 11, 2009

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Using Drupal to build an interactive content management system

At Dickinson College, my colleagues and I developed a Drupal-based archives reference blog as a way to better manage internal processes regarding external reference traffic while at the same time creating a new source of discoverable information. (For a little more description of the reference blog, see my guest post on Mark Matienzo’s blog.)  Building on the success of that project, we would like to use Drupal to develop a content management system for the presentation of archives/special collections material; one that is more flexible and is interactive – two things that CONTENTdm (which we use quite heavily) is not. I’d like to explore the crowdsourcing possibilities, allowing greater access to materials and allowing users the opportunity to further describe and interact with our materials (and, hopefully, with each other as well). I’d be very interested in hearing how others might imagine such a tool being designed to best serve our users and ourselves.