For the past four months, I have been working with Elaine, the LBJ Library’s Web Designer. Our current content management system is now 18 months old and there are new technologies that we want to incorporate. Elaine is incorporating lots of new toys including Grazr and Web Pasties. We’re in a time crunch because we’ve got to get this up and running before she takes off for maternity leave!
But the 2005 planning done by three graduate library and information sciences students from the University of Illinois – Brent Nunn, Kerri Willette and Jason Kovac – is still relevant and new technologies make our ideas even more possible! Prior to the boom in social networking Web 2.0 technology these students were thinking about how Texas Forums could use these technologies to help people make connections.
Here’s the video of our brainstorming session from May 2005.
This spring I am teaching Change Management in the graduate school of library and information sciences at UIUC. Over the course of the semester, my students have to do a major course project of their choosing. I don’t want to exert excessive influence, but I hope that some are drawn to the ideas I’ve laid out in previous blogs and take these on as their course project. (See: Working with Wikis and Technology Meets Old-Fashioned Town Hall Meeting for example) I’ve also requested students from the UIUC course, Design of Digitally Mediated Information Services to help us incorporate new technologies into our web site and to support our collaboration.
If you know any students looking for independent studies projects or course projects, send them my way. We have a very productive history working with students, and I think they probably enjoy the experience, too! In fact, Jason enjoyed it so much that he and his bride are moving to Austin from Chicago in just a few months! I’m know there were other compelling factors contributing to his decision, but I’m going to shamelessly claim all the credit for attracting this talented couple to the area.
Now on to web planning 2007!