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Webmakers help group plans to return to service

It’s been a few years since the Webmakers group has been active. The Center for Academic and Research Computing (CARC) wants to breathe new life into the group that was originally formed to help those new to creating and maintaining campus Web sites.
Mary Mauldin, Ed.D., CARC director, said George Spain would send out surveys and invitations to former members and a few others who might be interested in getting the meetings organized. If you want more information, respond to the mailing (not the entire list) and tell Spain you want to get more information on the subject. He also plans to send out Broadcast messages and The Catalyst notices.
“There have been a lot of changes in the few years since Webmakers first started sharing information and helping to create web pages for departments,” said Mauldin. “There were only a handful of sites using SiteExecutive (MUSC’s premier web management system) back then. There are about 500 SiteExecutive users today.”
Kristi Adams, a CARC web designer, was instrumental in organizing and doing much of the training in the original Webmakers gatherings. She sees value in reigniting the group.
“We’d like to cover topics such as beginning and advanced SiteExecutive setup, DreamWeaver, Contribute, using cascading style sheets (CSS), using built-in survey tools and forms, and best use of PDF in Web sites,” Adams said.
CARC is going to send out an initial e-mail asking which topics potential Webmakers would like to see covered in one of the monthly meetings. When the feedback comes in, based on the results, the planning will begin.
In addition to monthly meetings, Webmakers will also offer a Majordomo mailing list, where members can ask questions and get answers from other members.
If you are interested in subscribing to the Webmakers list:
  • Send an e-mail to: Majordomo
  • Subject: (leave this blank)
  • In the body of the message, type ‘subscribe webmakers’ (lower case, don’t use quotes)
  • Send the message. You’ll get a return notification that you are subscribed and a welcome message explaining more about the Webmakers group.


Friday, May 30,, 2008
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