Made a pitch to my IMC staff today to start implementing Web logs as ways to not only create content but push it to the people that want/need it. I swear when I start talking about this stuff and explaining the “big picture” that is Web logs and RSS, I even amaze myself with the potentials that come up. And the best part is that none of it is overwhelmingly difficult. Just step by step, and the library is the first.
I’m going to mock up a site for them that follows the lead of Tim at Buckman in terms of setting up simple Web logs that feed into a more complex design for a home page. They want one where the book club does reviews, another for adding relevant links that can be sorted into various departments based on discipline, and perhaps another for news. Being able to “file” all of these infobits into relevant collections really caught their fancy. (And I think they even got the idea of having just, let’s say Science links eventually feeding to the Science Department homepage. The whole concept of being able to create one piece of content that is categorized and stored and at the same time for made available for easy consumption by many is just very cool.)
David and others have been writing lately about seeing the pieces coming together:
“I’m becoming more convinced that our ultimate content management solution at my work will include a significant weblog component with integration performed by aggregators and rss.”
When he says it, it somehow validates what my feeble left brain only marginally grasps. But this is the best part isn’t it? Watching each other “get it” and pushing on down the road.
As much fun as Key West was, it’s good to be back…