About Leora Wenger

Leora Wenger

Leora Wenger has worked with computers all her adult life. She self-trained in web design and development, learning HTML, Drupal 8 (and 7 and 6), WordPress, PHP, CSS and SCSS, Git, Pantheon workflow, theme development, responsive web design, Javascript, gulp, npm, Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. Before the web, she did tech support and programming. While working at the MIT Laboratory for Computer Science, she learned more about computers (and computer scientists) than in the many computer classes she has taken. She has studied art at the Boston Museum School, Boston University School for the Arts and in other institutions.

Current and Recent Projects

She recently completed six months doing Drupal theming for Princeton University, with projects such as OIP (Drupal 8) and Grad School (a Drupal 7 home page redo). Leora worked on a Drupal 7 to Drupal 8 migration, supports the Highland Park Public Library site, and manages sites for several small businesses in New Jersey. She worked for over two years with a web team at Rutgers School of Communication and Information on a Drupal 8 site. Leora added Algolia search (with use of Javascript library instantsearch.js) to the Drupal 8 site. She developed a Drupal theme for Rutgers SC&I to be used on various lab and project sites, such as CISSL, managed on Pantheon with a custom upstream and based on Composer.

Examples of Drupal sites:

Leora developed a custom upstream with a repository on GitHub, managed with Composer and CircleCI in order to build multiple Rutgers sites managed with one theme and similar modules. She built a Drupal 8 site with a custom theme for Rutgers ITI Showcase with photo galleries, project lists built with Views, configuration files for theme set up, and displays of judges and instructors. She put together a directory and template for faculty pages for Rutgers School of Engineering. She built three sites for Rutgers Genetics. Leora manages the website for the NASA New Jersey Space Grant Consortium.

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How She Got Started with Web Building

She began her web career by designing a site for her son's school. She was soon getting requests for more sites! The award-winning website for the Highland Park Environmental Commission was an early web creation. She redesigned a website for the Rutgers University Anthropology Department that was online from 2002-2005. For twelve years she worked as the webmaster for Rutgers Jewish Studies and helped put Rutgers Jewish Film Festival online. The e-learning project for the Rutgers Bildner Center, Jewish Studies Online, is visited by users around the globe and has free courses such as the Bible and History and the Inquisition and the Jews.

Teaching Social Media

Leora Wenger has given talks at New Jersey libraries about social media, including Twitter, Facebook and blogging.