ICL Reboot Tutorial 02

In the second part of this series, I will demonstrate how to install, enable, and tweak the Drupal theme, Acquia Slate (note: I’m not sure how to pronounce Acquia!).

Some helpful links:
The first ICL Reboot video http://vimeo.com/23872207
Filezilla http://filezilla-project.org/download.php?type=client
Page to download Acquia Slate for Drupal 7 http://drupal.org/node/1075700
Fusion Theme for Drupal http://drupal.org/project/fusion
The ICL Website http://www.lisuncg.net/icl/
The rebooted ICL website http://www.lisuncg.net/icl2/

ICL Reboot Tutorial 01

The International and Comparative Librarianship Communitas website that I was paid to build last year is running extra slow on the BlueHost server. I am curious if it is BlueHost that is just so terrible or if the ICL website built in Drupal using the Sam’s Teach Yourself Drupal in 24 Hours book is to blame because of all the extra bloat modules that it recommended I install. I read that Drupal 7 is suppose to be more streamlined and incorporated many of the best features into its core. Therefore I decided to try rebuilding the site from the ground up in Drupal 7.

Each day (that I have new material) I will post another video in the series. These videos are specifically geared towards the Department of Library and Information Studies at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro’s webmasters. Since I have now graduated and am no longer being paid to maintain their sites and will soon start my first professional library job, I want to create a resource for the LIS webmasters to use. However, these videos will be created with the thought in mind of being under 10 minutes and having clear, distinct pieces which will make it easy for other Drupal users to use as well.

Please let me know your thoughts and if you have any requests for me.
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Three Weeks Engaged

At WebWise 2011

At WebWise 2011-03-09

On Saturday, May 28th around noon, my boyfriend of 18 months and 2 weeks proposed. Thomas is also a librarian that I met through our MLIS program.

He had been flying a kite and in-between flights we ate his homemade bread and drink water. We watched a bald eagle repeatedly dive into the lake. Ants crawled all over the ribbons of his kite while we ate and I busied myself with recording videos and taking photos.

A confession: I knew what he was up to that day. We had been volleying the idea of marriage back and forth for six months. Normally I would not be the type to agree to a proposal after only 18 months of dating but I knew during the second month that I would marry him.

We will be married sometime this fall. I have vowed to not think about the wedding stuff until August. What I do know is that I want cupcakes for a cake, great music playing on a boombox (“Who owns a boombox?” he asked and I faltered as I recalled that people have mp3 players now–I usually only listen to the music in my car when I travel), and a blue-violet dress. As a seamstress and someone who looks terrible in white, I am practical and want something that can be worn again. I will be the one making it, after all.

The other important bit: he made the ring and it is silver and sapphire.

Places to Watch for a Library Job

While searching for a library job, I subscribed to a number of RSS feeds, mailing lists, and followed accounts on Twitter. This list is geared towards academic/digital libraries since that was the job I was looking for. As I receive more email listings, I will update this post with other locations that I forgot to add. The sites are listed in no particular order.


North Carolina

Digital Libraries




Pages I Have Kept Open

Since the introduction to tabbed browsers, I have been guilt of using the tabs as “read later” bookmarks. Currently my Opera and Chrome browsers are brimming with tabs. In order to finally clear them out, I am going to list every page here so I can finally close some tabs! You might be able to understand my mindset better if you want to understand how I research projects…

Drupal — mostly from my attempt to create a digital library



Web Design