Tips for Creating Drupal Content Types for Library Web Sites

One of the most difficult things about migrating a library web site from a static or non-CMS site into Drupal is getting your head around custom content types. Drupal comes with two content types out-of-the-box-"article" and "basic page"-but the possibilities for creating custom web site content are limitless. Because it's so easy to create custom content types, it's easy to overthink and end up with too many.

New Year's Resolutions for Library Web Types

So, I've had a week to think about personal and professional resolutions-can't rush in to these things, you know. Personally, it's to get my house in order. Literally. I spent most of Saturday with my very patient 6-year-old daughter scouring Target and hardware stores in the southern burbs of Denver for two gigantic tubs that would hold the parts of our artificial Christmas tree. At every store, sales were not only on discounted holiday items, but on plastic bins of every fathomable size, shape, and color. How very nice of major retail to support my quest for organization!

My Web Change Soapbox

Few things strike more dread and horror into the hearts of librarians and library staff than the words "web site redesign." Ten years of managing web sites for four libraries (three academics, one public) and hearing of similar experiences from web colleagues has shown me that this is universal. Changes-real and even merely proposed-often result in intense emotional reactions, especially for public services folks doing reference and instruction.