Is Drupal Right for Your Library?

We’ll start by discussing:

  • How to evaluate the goals for your website project to choose the right platform.
  • Why Drupal is a great fit for library websites (and even some scenarios when it might not be).

Then we’ll will dive deeper with tutorials on a couple Drupal modules:

  • Workbench: Get everyone on your team involved in the website without putting your content at risk.
  • Features: Taking Drupal site configuration management to the next level.

Finally, we’ll end with a panel that will talk about their own Drupal implementation experiences and address questions from the audience.

  • Kristian Allen UCLA Library Programmer – familiar with Drupal and Islandora
  • Elaine Blakeman USC Library Programmer – familiar with Drupal CMS because of pending Library redesign
  • Caroline Cube, UCLA Library Computing Resource Specialist  – familiar with Drupal as power editor because of completed UCLA Library redesign

Registration Details

  • It’s free!
  • Attend online via Google Hangout on Air / YouTube. Are you going? Let us know.
  • Attend on-site at General Assembly, 1933 S. Broadway, 11th Floor , Los Angeles, CA 90007 (Google Map). Bring your laptop for a post-workshop install/troubleshooting session.

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Childcare Assistance

Do you need childcare assitance while you’re attending the workshop? Let us know! LACASIST is offering free childcare services for on-site attendees as part of our pilot project to enable parents/guardians to attend our FREE events/workshops. Contact us at

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Transit and Parking Info

General Assembly is located in The Reef building. There are 1,126 on-site and adjacent visitor parking spaces. Parking is $10.00 a day, 9am to 6pm. After 6pm, the rate drops to $5.00. The parking lot across the street is $9.00 a day There is metered street parking along Broadway and is $1 per hour, free after 6pm, and free on Sundays. General Assembly is close to Metro bus stops and a Blue line Metro station.

About the Speaker

Tommy Keswick has been working with Drupal for over 6 years and is an active member of the Drupal community in Los Angeles. At both camps and user group meetings in LA, he has presented on a variety of topics with an emphasis on getting new users of Drupal up and running. He also frequently contributes support and patches back to the Drupal community.

A librarian by training, Tommy is devoted to using open source solutions to help libraries and other organizations achieve the mission of increasing access to information and knowledge resources. He has also has presented on using Drupal in libraries at a number of library conferences.

More about Tommy:

About Our Partners

General Assembly

At General Assembly, we are creating a global community of individuals empowered to pursue work they love, by offering full-time immersive programs, long-form courses, and classes and workshops on the most relevant skills of the 21st century – from web development and user experience design, to business fundamentals, to data science, to product management and digital marketing.

Established in early 2011 as an innovative community in New York City for entrepreneurs and startup companies, General Assembly is an educational institution that transforms thinkers into creators through education in technology, business and design at fourteen campuses across four continents.

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Data Visualization for the Web Using Google Charts

Should the Online Librarian be “Liam the Librarian” or “Lily the Librarian”?

Join us in-person or via webcast to learn the basics of data visualization and charts to present data sets on the web with no programming. Kristian Allen from the Digital Library Program at UCLA Library will cover the proper format to structure your data for use with common web tools and review some popular charting and visualization frameworks available, including Google Charts and Fusion tables.

LACASIS&T is putting out a call for example library datasets to be visualized during the session. Contact Sharon Shafer at to share your dataset for visualization!

Live Session: January 29, 2015, 12:30 to 1:30pm PST in UCLA Young Research Library, West Classroom (Room 23167):



January 2015 Board Meeting

  • Date: Jan 23, 2015
  • Time: 5:00pm PST
  • Location: (Google Hangouts).
    • Optional dial-in number: 213-493-0472, PIN: 45216

Rough Agenda

1. Programming updates

  • January – Data Visualization with Google Charts
  • February – Sylvia Aguinaga from DIY Girls (and current SJSU MLIS student) agreed to give a presentation/demo on Scratch, a programming language to help kids learn how to code.
  • March/April – Learn Drupal (for libraries) series

2. Student Chapter News

3. Other updates?

  • LACASIST logo

December 2014 Board Meeting

Our next board meeting will be Thursday, December 18th at noon PST:

Agenda items:

1. Report on last week’s Holiday Party, including student sponsorships. Spoiler alert: it was a blast and here are pictures from the photo booth to prove it:

2. New LACASIS&T website in progress — a few weeks ago, Grace shared a link to the new website she’s developed. Check it out and bring any feedback:

3. New logo design. Grace has also designed several options for a new logo! Make sure to vote here:

4. Updates on January educational event

5. Ideas for future events — let’s do a little brainstorming on types, topics, collaborations, etc., for 2015

6. Any other updates or items to cover?

Feel free to add to the agenda.

December 2014 Virtual Happy Hour

At our November meet-up and mixer, we had a great time catching up, getting to know new and prospective members, and sharing professional challenges and solutions.

This month’s happy hour is virtual! So pour a cocktail (if you’re so inclined) and join us at 7:30pm on Wednesday, December 3th in a Google Hangout:

See you there!

  • Date: Dec. 3, 2014
  • Time: 7:30pm
  • Venue: Google Hangout

LACASIS&T, SLA-SCC AND CLBC Annual Holiday Party

Merry everything!  Come celebrate the holiday season with your friends and colleagues at LACASIS&T’s holiday party on December 11th, 2014, where we will cheers to the wonderful year we shared and all we have to look forward to in 2015.

We’re partnering with the Special Libraries Association’s Southern California Chapter (SLA-SCC), and new partners, California Librarians Black Caucus (CLBC) for this special event.  There will be mixing, mingling, delicious food, cocktails, and a DJ and dance floor!!

  • Date:  Thursday, December 11, 2014
  • Time:  6:30-9:30 pm
  • Location:  Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N Sepulveda Blvd, Los Angeles, California 90049 (310)-440-4500
  • Parking: FREE

Get your tickets now at the SLA-SCC website.

Your ticket includes a 3-course dinner at the beautiful Skirball Cultural Center, a dance floor upon which to tap your heels to your favorite tunes (email Grace Rosales to make request for the DJ in advance!), a photo booth and bar.

Click here to get your tickets.  Let your friends know you’re attending on Facebook!

For planning purposes please purchase your tickets no later than December 4.

Special note to MLIS students: LACASIS&T is sponsoring 5 students to attend the event!  It’s on a first request, first receive basis — email Shelly Ray by December 1st to request sponsorship (please visit the ticket page to view entree options, and include your selection in your email).

We’re full of the holiday spirit so also partnered with a Los Angeles-based charity, PATH (People Assisting the Homeless).  Donations such as clothing (new/gently used), food (non-perishable) and other items (hygiene products, home items, pet supplies and gift cards), will be accepted at the event and delivered to PATH. Here is A complete list of possible donations is here.

Guess what else?  You get FREE entry to the Skirball on the day of the event.  Arrive any time before 4:30pm, and simply mention you’re there for the LACASIS&T/SLA event, and explore the museum gratis, including the current exhibit Light and Noir: Exiles and Émigrés in Hollywood, 1933–1950, which influenced such beloved movies as Sunset BoulevardDouble IndemnityCasablanca, and Ninotchka  ( You’ll entertain yourself from when the museum closes at 5pm til when the event starts at 6:30pm, but there’s free wifi, seating and lighting. (And plenty to do if you want to help set up!)

So what are you waiting for?  Buy your tickets today and don’t miss out on the fun!

Click here to get your tickets now at the SLA-SCC website.


LACASIS&T SIG of Holiday Cheer