Present: Jamie Bethel, Tom Harmon, Charlie Kerlee, Jill Lenz, Sallie Varner, and Merry Wright.
Merry Wright, Chair, started the meeting at 9:09 am
Merry sent the 31 page presentation handout file with the emailed agenda announcement.
Jill attended this 1½ hour web conference on March 5, presented by Bob Johnson from Academic Impressions as a live PowerPoint presentation. It covers the pitfalls of web writing and how they can derail your site's effectiveness. Samples from higher education were used to highlight good and bad practices and to demonstrate the value of a designated web editor and team.
Jill reviewed the first 18 of 61 slides of the presentation which spurred discussion about designated web content editors.
The majority agreed it was part of their webmaster duties to act as editor to check for proper spelling and grammar and most were already doing this. However, everyone agreed content could be written better to meet the best practices mentioned so far in the presentation. Jill shared two resources that may help identify our roles and responsibilities as webmasters.
The majority agreed we need help researching and focusing on our audiences and organizing the existing content according to these recommended best practices. We thought of Carol Borchert, long-time editor of the college's Insight magazine and other publications who has a scientific and journalism background and is familiar with our college as someone we could consult with. Merry will contact Carol to ask if she would be willing to review a few of our pages and offer suggestions at a future meeting on how to better present this content for the web.
These are the pages we have in mind for review.
We will continue the review of the presentation at the next meeting.
The meeting concluded at 10:15 am.
The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 8th, 9:00-10:00 am, Environmental Health Building Conference Room 120.
Minutes submitted by Jill Lenz.
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