Re: National's Web Site
Jim Miller Sr. (jjmsr@LSFCU.ORG)
Thu, 11 Jul 1996 09:32:00 +0000
Had to add my $.02 to the discussion.
First of all, E. Holm brings up but jumps right over a very important point.
"start their web browser, do a couple of
searches and they have instant access to the info. "
The ability to search on-line data electronically is potentially the greatest
advantage of putting the documents on-line. The biggest problem with the curren
t system is the fact that the information is never available when you need it.
Either the latest version of something is "somewhere around the office" and can'
t be found, or it has been tossed out inadvertantly in the trash.
How many times do we see questions asked by volunteers on this and other scoutin
g forums that could be quickly and easily answered if the "official"
information were on-line? How much time could be saved by Council staff if
they could simply type in "Hornaday Award requirements" and have them pop
up on a screen? How many volunteer, clerical, and professional hours could be
saved if the actual accurate, current rules and regs were avialable instantly
through an electronic search of the current documents?
During the recent annual meeting in Hawaii, I spoke with a number of people
involved with the creation of the existing pages. They were open to
suggestions, and willing to listen. I suggested to them that they should:
1) Allow searches for council address and telephone number by zip code.
This would allow the parent looking for a unit for their son to immediately
contact the local council in their area. This received a lukewarm response.
2) Put all External Communications Division documents on the web in a password p
rotected area. This would allow the local councils to immediately
access the latest "official" word when they got that call from a reporter about
the latest negative news story from AP or UPI about scouting. This is one of th
e things they are currently looking into and seem to want to accomplish.
I think basically, they are feeling their way. The distribution of BSA document
has been so controlled for so long that it will take awhile for them to be total
comfortable with this new means of distribution. Give them a chance, and they
will get used to the idea.
James J. Miller, Sr. <JJMSR@lsfcu.org>
President, Liberty Savings Federal Credit Union
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