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Know your role. January 30, 2008

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1. Kyle - January 30, 2008

Ouch… must have had a bad day. 🙂 That’s the world of higher education and technology. I spent three years in the IT department here before moving over into communications and marketing as the webmaster. You just have to do what you can and don’t worry about the rest. When they are ready, they will come to you. If you can spend the time in between becoming the expert that you are then you will come out that much better in the long run.

Good thing about higher education is nobody is ever in a rush to do anything so you have lots of time to do research. Bad thing about higher education is nobody is ever in a rush to do anything so your always outdated. 🙂

2. jeremywilburn - January 31, 2008

It’s funny when people think they can do your job better than you…how bad is the exposure? Like you said, maybe limit it a bit…I know I have talked with our web person on how to limit content. Maybe, if it takes long enough, they’ll forget about it…

3. Jesse - January 31, 2008

I think the main problem is (I’m thinking this is probably true in a lot of institutions) there is no “owner” of the website. This makes managing and building consensus the only way to get things done. I don’t have to tell you all that this is not the most efficient way – especially for the breakneck speed of technology.

We have Colin Powell (http://www.butler.edu/absolutenm/templates/?a=517&z=22) coming to campus soon, we joked about giving him the rights to our website in hopes that he can make some decisions for us. If he can manage Desert Storm, he’s got a fighting chance to help us get our web environment under control. Maybe. 🙂


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