[OPEN-ILS-GENERAL] editor roles version 2.something

Rogan Hamby rogan.hamby at yclibrary.net
Sun Nov 3 10:01:04 EST 2013


I would really like to see a static page listing proposed development
projects, possible funding, links to documentation, contact names, etc....
Thoughts on that?

On Sun, Nov 3, 2013 at 9:05 AM, Rogan Hamby <rogan.hamby at yclibrary.net>wrote:

> This is part of an ongoing discussion where there seems to be some
> consensus that we should have some defined roles on the web team.  The
> original proposal was modeled after the traditional hierarchy of newspapers
> just to see where that analogy took us.  Interestingly, in that very first
> discussion we decided that the WIKI was too much to deal with but by the
> follow up meeting we had a volunteer for Wiki Wrangler and that is going
> very well.
> As of the last meeting there was consensus that the newspaper model had
> too many roles for the size of our labor pool.  With that in mind this is
> flattened out.  The two challenges in inherent in this is that some role
> need to be made broad and able to to be duplicated so that if the labor
> pool grows we can accommodate that (presumably there may be more to do
> too).  At the same time some roles if duplicated may have people stepping
> on each other's toes a lot.  So, some of those considerations are embedded
> in this.
> Editor in Chief - This would be combined with the traditional role of the
> managing editor.  So, this person would be a liaison with the Oversight
> Board and make sure the site reflects the community needs and that other
> roles properly coordinate their activities and stay on track.  This means
> that they are responsible for making sure that changes happen on schedule
> and that everyone is doing their jobs and assigning / soliciting for jobs
> to be done.  Additionally, they have the task of recruiting new blood as we
> need it, an inevitable task.   They should also be capable of some basic
> technical tasks, e.g. updating plugins from within Wordpress, managing
> Wordpress structures, some basic CSS tweaks needed, checking the site for
> screen reader compatibility, etc...  They would also lead in making sure
> layout changes are done appropriately though it would be a team challenge
> to address those needs.  The changes being down to the downloads page is an
> example of this.  In a perfect world when we have more volunteers we would
> have a separate layout editor who could focus on those usability issues a
> bit more.  Additional tasks to watch are the updating of content that may
> not be a specific responsibility but needs to be reviewed (e.g. adding a
> new mailing list to the Get Involved section) and other one off tasks.
> Server Admin - This is a job being done by Ben Shum right now.  Ideally
> this shouldn't be a large time investment.  The rest of the web team should
> be able to handle most issues within Wordpress without involvement from him.
> News Editor - This could be a one or multiple people role.  Because news
> tends to be a timely thing they will need to coordinate closely to make
> sure they don't step on each other's toes but I imagine it mostly being a
> single person.
> Community Editor - This is the section that would have the advocacy
> function.  Examples of content include FAQs, installation maps, and more.
>  Elizabeth has talked about the need for this in the Oversight Board
> meetings this last year.  This could easily be multiple people.
> Conference Contributor - I break this out separately because with the
> rising interest in regional conferences (I've heard from several) I think
> we may have contributors who do nothing but editor a static page for their
> conferences and those may come and go.
> Wiki Wrangler - I think the work being done now speaks for itself.   I
> think a great job is being done now but I think there would be merit in
> more with specialized knowledge sets.
> for example, when I have some time come open I may jump in and look at
> testing older submitted SQL against current versions to make sure its good
> (it should be though there may be better ways now) and then creating an
> index page by versions.  I think one thing the Wiki Wrangler(s) could also
> do is give feedback to the web group as to what skills they see needed.
>  For example, I could easily see an old OpenSRF page that is a mess and
> they need someone to review it and make recommendations.
> --
> Rogan Hamby, MLS, CCNP, MIA
> Managers Headquarters Library and Reference Services,
> York County Library System
> "You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit
> me."
> -- C.S. Lewis <http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1069006.C_S_Lewis>


Rogan Hamby, MLS, CCNP, MIA
Managers Headquarters Library and Reference Services,
York County Library System

"You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit
-- C.S. Lewis <http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1069006.C_S_Lewis>
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