Re: National Website
Michael A. Golrick (mgolrick@SCLC.ORG)
Wed, 10 Jul 1996 12:38:30 -0400
Byron Hynes wrote:
>On Tue, 9 Jul 1996, Settummanque, the blackeagle (MAJ) Mike L. Walton wrote:
>> Represenative booklet is through the Council Service Center, you
>> are going to go in and maybe someone will hand you a copy. If you
>> can "get it from the Internet", why have a local Council office?
>But, maybe, that's the point. In the "big picture", if centralized,
>electronic distribution of something _is_ more effecient that staffing
>local offices and paying to ship paper around, maybe we should seriously
>consider "why have a local office?"
>It's a question faced by almost every large business... which really does
>provide better service? If, over time, most of the contacts want
>instant-online distribution, should we keep something just because that's
>the way its always been done?
>NOTE: I am not saying that we should shut down offices. I _am_ saying
>that refusing to consider new alternatives is a disservice to Scouting.
I have to agree with Byron. I am just back from the American Library
Association Annual Conference. As the co-chair of a preconference for next
year the committee decided to post the registration information on the 'net
and to save the design, printing and mailing costs (of several THOUSAND
dollars) which would have had to have been paid by the registrants. We will
have a home page, and an Adobe document for registration and distribution
via newsletters. And this one preconference is not the only one, in the
small division of ALA at least one other group has *independently* reached
the same decision.
Now, if the purpose of the publication in print is to make money, then I
understand why BSA documents are not on the Web. The proceedings from the
preconference will be published in print (not on the Web) because...that is
a source of revenue for our division.
Now my council office (like most) I view as the place for the staff who are
the crucial support to the program the volunteers provide. We have to be
able to call to get an answer...and to buy the patches! The folks who do
both (especially the patches) have to have a PLACE and that's the important
(to me) reason for the council office. I would like to see more of the
"documentation" available on the Web, and let the Council staff be able to
aswer specific questions, etc.
Michael A. Golrick firstname.lastname@example.org
Southern Connecticut Library Council
Heard at a meeting recently:"To her, a zero means nothing!"
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