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Content Management Systems

So in preparation for the upcoming website redesign, we’re evaluating CMS‘s at UTC. I’ve managed to get Drupal and Joomla installed, and will probably go through 2-4 more (phpMywebsite, e107, a few others) to check look and feel, ease of structure, flexibility, etc. While I’m very comfortable with the overall website design process, creating a new template for the CMS we eventually choose is going to be interesting.

I’m going to attempt to chronicle the process here on my blog, including mockups, templating, etc…both for myself as a note-taking venture, and in hopes that others might find it interesting/useful.

So far, I’m not leaning towards any particular CMS. Drupal has enormous popularity and a ton of support in the form of modules, but Joomla is far easier out-of-the-box. I’ll have to take some time and play with both, creating new templates and such before I’m clear on whether they can do what we want them to do.

By griffey

Jason Griffey is the Director of Strategic Initiatives at NISO, where he works to identify new areas of the information ecosystem where standards expertise is useful and needed. Prior to joining NISO in 2019, Jason ran his own technology consulting company for libraries, has been both an Affiliate at metaLAB and a Fellow and Affiliate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, and was an academic librarian in roles ranging from reference and instruction to Head of IT at the University of TN at Chattanooga.

Jason has written extensively on technology and libraries, including multiple books and a series of full-periodical issues on technology topics, most recently AI & Machine Learning in Libraries and Library Spaces and Smart Buildings: Technology, Metrics, and Iterative Design from 2018. His newest book, co-authored with Jeffery Pomerantz, will be published by MIT Press in 2024.

He has spoken internationally on topics such as artificial intelligence & machine learning, the future of technology and libraries, decentralization and the Blockchain, privacy, copyright, and intellectual property. A full list of his publications and presentations can be found on his CV.
He is one of eight winners of the Knight Foundation News Challenge for Libraries for the Measure the Future project (, an open hardware project designed to provide actionable use metrics for library spaces. He is also the creator and director of The LibraryBox Project (, an open source portable digital file distribution system.

Jason can be stalked obsessively online, and spends his free time with his daughter Eliza, reading, obsessing over gadgets, and preparing for the inevitable zombie uprising.

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