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Drupal, LibGuides, IGoogle Oh My!

So, at my current institution we are big on “embedding.” We decided to create “Portals” for each of the departments we serve. After the technology department reviewed several products they decided to go with Drupal. Drupal is a content management system and several libraries are using it to support their websites. During the process of creating our portals we began to take notice of LibGuides. Lots of library have jumped on the LibGuides bandwagon and I can’t blame them. It’s easy to use and has a wonderful user interface.

The delema:
If LibGuides are easy to use, popular and don’t require a computer programing degree to operate (Drupal is a bit high tech) then what do we do with the Portals.

At the end of the day we need a more sophisticated subject guide but, our users want Web 2.0  functionality which Drupal supports.

To add to the confusion IGoogle can be customized and libraries are starting to create customized gadgets that link directly to the library catalog and the PubMed sfx for their institution.

With all these choices where do you go? My recommendation? If you have a tech department that is willing to put in the work or already purchased Drupal. Go there. With the Web 2.0 functionality it’s the gift that keeps on giving.

If you just need a subject guide that is more dynamic then the traditional webpage LibGuides is your best bet. With the savvy interface and the ease of use on the back end it’s a great way to go.

If you are broke or economically challenged go with IGoogle. It’s free, easy to use and will allow a fair bit of customization. The gadgets that link to your subscription resources and catalog take tech savvy to create but, it’s an excellent place to start.

Where will my instituion go? I’m waiting to find out!

Resources:
IGoogle Tutorial

What is Drupal?

LibGuides Introduction

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