Every time we go to delete the blog, we find something so mortifying that we just have to share. Can you find the misspelling on this announcement? It’s just promoting a visit by Camila Alire, President of the American Library Association, so it’s not that embarrassing…
New URL, same site.
The site Dean Giannini has created and maintained speaks for itself.
Truly, there is no need to say anything snarky or negative. We hear you. SSS has gotten off track. We need only show you the SILS site and you can see for yourself. You need only take a look at how long the site has looked like this and you can make up your own mind. We urge you to re-read Norman Oder’s LJ article about this blog and the Dean’s promise of a new site.
It is fair and appropriate to hold the Dean accountable for promises made. Unfortunately, it is also necessary to have a forum like this blog, not because we want to, but because we have to. It’s the only kind of forum we’re “allowed” at Pratt SILS – nameless, faceless, and free from the very real fear of retribution.
One last thing – don’t confuse the commenters with the creators of this blog. We aren’t the only ones who feel powerless and frustrated and that should mean something to those affiliated with Pratt SILS.
Oh wait. It’s not for Pratt SILS, you say? It’s for Pratt’s site? Oh. We thought since the Dean had publicly promised a site redesign several months ago and students had already completed an IA assessment of the site in Walcyzk’s class…
Never mind. That would all make too much sense and would not provide the Dean with her chance to give students the middle finger every time we look at the site.
By the way, have you heard about the Dean’s exciting yearly vacation in London, uh, I mean the Pratt SILS London program? Colleagues must be tremendously impressed when they look at the SILS site and see who will be joining them to delve into e-publishing. SSS can’t make this stuff up!
The increasing willingness of students to openly acknowledge the problems associated with the SILS website and the growing enthusiasm for addressing the related issues has SSS feeling a little optimistic as we begin another semester (Thank you, Jessica).
Do you think Tula will work with students this semester to improve the Pratt SILS site or will she dig in and continue refusing to communicate with students and address this issue?
If SSS or, more importantly, the poorly designed website and Dean Giannini’s responses were included in possible topics? Instead, this hit SSS’s inbox today:
“Keyword is the newsletter of the Pratt SILS Student Association, also known as SILSSA, also known as YOU!
Jessica SpeerEditor, Keyword
Vice President, SILSSA
Keyword is the newsletter for SILSSA, the Pratt School of Information and
Library Science Student Association and student chapter of the ALA.
Please visit our latest issue at http://pratt.edu/~silssa/keyword/keywod_may08_final.pdf
If you would like to contribute an article email firstname.lastname@example.org”
Funny how outraged SILS students are when a librarian is fired for writing a novel based on her library patrons, but there is nary a mention of the Dean’s threat of retribution if she found out which students were behind this blog.
Interesting that SILS was the subject of an entire blog post on LibraryJournal.com, but there is absolutely no call to comment on that noteworthy mention. (Note: the Dean’s promises in this post regarding the website)
Wouldn’t it be nice for an official, real, genuine acknowledgement that something is broken and the Dean refuses to fix it, refuses to work with students? What is broken is the website and the Dean’s relationship with SILS students and it effects YOU. Pitch that to Keyword.
Why does the SILS site have content so divorced from any sort of context? For example, what exactly does this mean:
Participate – Enjoy Program”
And of course, “Program” is a link that takes you to a huge PDF (with no warning). For a festival that ended almost 3 months ago.