Citizens of Drupal: staffing and sustainability in the open source environment
Northeastern University’s Snell Library used a major Web site redesign as an opportunity to move to the Drupal CMS platform. Our planning process required us to estimate the staff needed to support a large, customized Drupal Web site. To either challenge or back up our estimate, we created a survey and distributed it via the Web4Lib, Code4Lib, and Drupal4Lib email lists. The aim of the survey was to determine what sort of staffing would be necessary for a large, heavily-customized Drupal Web site, and the results informed an internal staffing proposal. The survey results also give a brief overview of the current citizens of the Drupal library community, and the poster presents the results in graphical form. We received many requests for the results from participants, which speaks to a growing interest in Drupal as a CMS for library Web sites, and to library concerns about appropriate staffing. The poster will also evaluate the results in light of our actual experience building our new site in Drupal, and put the process of choosing a CMS into the larger context of our library Web redesign project.
Drupal, website design, content management systems (CMS), survey
Communication Technology and New Media
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Amanda Rust, et al.
Rust, Amanda; DeVane, Annie; Merguerian, Gayane K.; and Smothers, Diann, "Citizens of Drupal: staffing & sustainability in the open source environment: an informal survey" (2011). Libraries' Staff Research and Publications. Paper 8. http://hdl.handle.net/2047/d20001181
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Additional FilesALAPosterV10.ai (2187 kB)
Poster - Adobe Illustrator file
Drupal Survey Results - Poster Analysis Final.xlsx (53 kB)
Spreadsheet - Drupal Survey Results