Sarah Houghton-Jan of the San Jose Public Library and Shannon Staley of the San Jose State University Library gave a talk called (Microsoft) SharePoint for Libraries: Streamlining Your Intranet Management. Both of them created a joint intranet using Microsoft SharePoint, a free content management program. It offers shared workspaces and documents, wikis, blogs, calendaring, RSS feeds and email:
They called it a “Swiss Army Knife” program which has everything you need to create an intranet, including Microsoft Office, but not necessarily the best modules in the world. There are better wiki program around. Lotus Notes does not work well with the program.
Not all intranet content requires SharePoint for content management. They developed criteria for utilizing SharePoint through the Internet. It needs to updated frequently, requires group collaboration.
It works only with Windows Explorer. By using the intranet, all information will be online. In one instance, staff didn’t know that storytime was cancelled. Now it will be available when staff boots up the computer.
Here’s a picture of the SJL Intranet site:
Here’s a picture of Sarah showing the Meeting Workspaces module:
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