Web Summit Wrapup: Focus on Social Media

Posted on 11/17/2010 11:53:18 AM

Did you miss the November 2010 Web Maintainers’ Summit?

Here’s a quick roundup of what was presented. The next summit takes place on December 17. The topic will be changes to the Ektron editor.

CMS Tip: Resize Images before You Upload

Bruce Dries, web editor, discussed the importance of sizing images properly before uploading them to Ektron, rather than resizing them from within the CMS Workarea. Oversized photos that are artificially reduced still force visitors to download the entire image file, increasing the bandwidth used by the page.

Photos can be easily resized following the Resizing Images Online link at the bottom of this page:  How to Size Images for the IUP Templates.

Editorial Calendar

Elaine Smith, web editor, reviewed upcoming events and activities the Web Team is aware of that are in need of promotion. See  Editorial Calendar, November 2010. Maintainers were reminded to use their department/office events calendars and the  Central Calendar, when appropriate, to promote events. Those who need help coordinating publicity for events or content should contact the Web Team at web-team@iup.edu.

Social Media Presentation

Mike Powers, director of web services, presented “Social Media and IUP,” which discussed why departments might (or might not) want to get involved in social media, and showed examples of what IUP is already doing with social media.

The slides from the presentation (PDF, 1.5 MB) are available for download.

To see what IUP is currently doing with social media, and to register your social media site, check out IUP’s main social media page.

Golden Mouse Award Winner: Nate McElroy

Nathan McElroy

Nate McElroy, Department of Chemistry, was the the Golden Mouse Award recipient/Web Maintainer of the Month for November 2010.

McElroy received the award for his use of News and Events in promoting Chemistry seminars, activities and achievements of student organizations, faculty research and awards, and more.

While much of the subject matter of his news posts is technical, McElroy consistently provides explanations and background information.

Hank Knerr, center, receives the Golden Mouse Award for October 2010 from the Web Team's, from left, Elaine Smith, Mike Powers, and Bruce Dries.

McElroy is the third recipient of the Golden Mouse Award. Previous winners were  Rick Kutz, Center for Student Life, in September, and Hank Knerr, College of Fine Arts, in October. Knerr is pictured with the Web Team at right.