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Carmen Lowry
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Web Redesign RFP
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We're working through a web redesign project and want to develop an RFP to bring in outside help for this project (information architecture, design, and implementation). Would anyone be willing to…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Steve Feb 13, 2012.

Web Personas
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A while ago, we attended an online UIE seminar on adhoc personas presented by Tamara Adlin. Using personas seems like a great way to make sure our web site is meeting the needs of our users and for…Continue

Tags: audience, redesign, persona

Started this discussion. Last reply by Michelle Mierzwa Nov 3, 2010.

Web Staffing Survey
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As part of a Web site redesign process, the College of Lake County would like to collect benchmark information about other colleges’ Web teams. Specifically, we’re interested in identifying the…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Michael Klein Apr 5, 2010.

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Carmen Lowry replied to Doug Thompson's discussion Events calendaring vs. room/space reservation systems...
"We use Resource 25 for scheduling. The college has recently implemented 25Live which includes a sophisticated calendaring feature. I have only attended the training thus far, but as a Web Developer I have been quite impressed with the flexibility…"
Apr 4, 2013
Steve replied to Carmen Lowry's discussion Web Redesign RFP
"We've had good and bad experiences with redesigns, which seemingly had no relationship to the amount we paid to accomplish them. When we started talking redesign a number of years ago, I prepared the attached document to go over the types of…"
Feb 13, 2012
Carmen Lowry posted a discussion

Web Redesign RFP

We're working through a web redesign project and want to develop an RFP to bring in outside help for this project (information architecture, design, and implementation). Would anyone be willing to share RFPs you've used, recommend any agencies that you've worked with, and give any advice on pitfalls to avoid in this process? Anyone who's done this, would you also be willing to share the scope and cost of your project?Thanks,CarmenWeb Architect/DeveloperCollege of Lake…See More
Feb 8, 2012
Michelle Mierzwa replied to Carmen Lowry's discussion Web Personas
"Hi Carmen- I work with many community colleges on their web redesign projects and we develop user personas as part of our process. Most of the time, we're sure to identify no more than 2 primary user personas (for community colleges this is…"
Nov 3, 2010
Carmen Lowry posted a discussion

Web Personas

A while ago, we attended an online UIE seminar on adhoc personas presented by Tamara Adlin. Using personas seems like a great way to make sure our web site is meeting the needs of our users and for prioritizing requests.http://www.uie.com/events/virtual_seminars/ad_hoc_personas/However, as a community college, we are struggling to define our personas feeling like we have too many. Our college offers career degree and…See More
Oct 29, 2010
Carmen Lowry replied to Kris Isaacson's discussion How many are in your department?
"We for the past few years have had 2 people dedicated to the public web sites -- 1 Web Developer in IT and 1 Web Content Specialist, who is also the Web Designer, in PR. We develop and maintain 3 public-facing web sites and one internal site…"
Aug 26, 2010
Michael Klein replied to Carmen Lowry's discussion Web Staffing Survey
"Many thanks; I found the survey results most insightful!"
Apr 5, 2010
Khristine Anderson replied to Carmen Lowry's discussion Web Staffing Survey
"Thanks Michael, lots of great info there. I noticed that 253 responded! Any suggestions on how to get more schools to participate in filling out a survey?"
Mar 23, 2010
Michael Fienen replied to Carmen Lowry's discussion Web Staffing Survey
"I think you'll find the survey we did over at .eduGuru on this topic helpful: http://doteduguru.com/id3967-state-of-the-university-web-department-survey-results.html"
Mar 19, 2010
Carmen Lowry posted a discussion

Web Staffing Survey

As part of a Web site redesign process, the College of Lake County would like to collect benchmark information about other colleges’ Web teams. Specifically, we’re interested in identifying the number and kinds of staff (as well as outside freelancers) devoted to creating and maintaining high-quality Web sites. This will help us assess the level of staffing we will need as we continue to develop and enhance our own web site.We would like to include your institution in ourbenchmarking. …See More
Mar 17, 2010
Carmen Lowry replied to Michelle Mierzwa's discussion Online Alumni Magazines
"The Web Content Specialist at our institution used Issuu to post the Alumni magazine online: http://www.clcillinois.edu/roles/alumni.asp We're currently using the free version and she said it was really easy to set up and just upload your PDF."
Mar 16, 2010
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Mar 16, 2010

Profile Information

Employer?
College of Lake County
Website:
http://www.clcillinois.edu
Personal Website:
http://clcpages.clcillinois.edu/home/isc073/
List three areas of expertise or specialization.
web application development, information architecture, web accessibility
What CMS are you using?
none
What department or office are you in?
Information Technology Services
Primary Job Responsibility
At CLC, I am the primary web developer for the College’s main web site (www.clcillinois.edu), James Lumber Center web site (jlcenter.clcillinois.edu), Workforce & Professional Development Institute web site (wpdi.clcillinois.edu) and intranet. My responsibilities include:
- Work with Public Relations on design and organization of web sites
- Code templates using XHTML and CSS
- Design and develop data-driven applications using ASP, .NET/C# and SQL Server (e.g. content management tools, event listing, A to Z index, display including search of course description data extracted from PeopleSoft, etc.)
- Ensure web site meets Illinois and Federal accessibility requirements
- Manage Verity Ultraseek Search Engine and Google Custom Search
- Monitor web stats using WebTrends and Google Analytics
Number of students at your institution
18,000

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