New Intranet

Today the library was closed – so of course I went into work. Why? Well since August I have been working on designing a new (custom) Intranet for work … and it was ready to be made live. Tomorrow when everyone comes into work they’re going to experience an intranet just for them. I’ll have to get some screenshots to share with you all – because if I do say so myself – it is totally awesome!

Every staff member logs into the Intranet and has complete control over almost every bit of content on the site. On our homepage is our Library Bulletin – a blog of my own design that will allow all of the departments to keep the other departments up to date with news and events. In the right column staff members can update their profile (which in turn updates our staff contact, emergency contact, birthday, and phone lists), access and add to the ongoing projects blog, review and add to the Intranet Links Collection – as well as our Research Links, see our online shared calendar … and so much more!

Everything is was written with PHP and MySQL – which allowed me to link a lot of the modules that I had on the old intranet together to make things easier and more efficient for everyone – it also made it so that I could keep track of who was doing what – and when.

I think this new site is going to improve work flow and communication at our library – TONS! And more important (for me at least) it was so much fun to learn how to write a blog – and a wiki – and everything else I wrote for the site. I’ll see if I can get some screenshots this week to share here.

[update] You can find screenshots, articles, screencasts, and presentations here [/update]

4 comments

  1. Nicole,

    Sounds cool! I, like you, did a lot of custom work on internal blogs/content management. Yes there is a lot of free stuff out there, but it doesn’t always meet the needs your organization has. I had a system in place where our users had to have an account to register for events. Leveraging that, I have integrated that logon across the whole site and now it gives them access to resources that not everyone needs, and my internal staff are able to use their personal logon to post content, post to our internal blog, etc.

    I’m about to tie this all into a wiki site as well.

    Now if you only programmed in ASP.NET, we could share ;)

    Can’t wait for the screenshots, I love to see what other people did!

  2. Nicole,

    Sounds cool! I, like you, did a lot of custom work on internal blogs/content management. Yes there is a lot of free stuff out there, but it doesn’t always meet the needs your organization has. I had a system in place where our users had to have an account to register for events. Leveraging that, I have integrated that logon across the whole site and now it gives them access to resources that not everyone needs, and my internal staff are able to use their personal logon to post content, post to our internal blog, etc.

    I’m about to tie this all into a wiki site as well.

    Now if you only programmed in ASP.NET, we could share ;)

    Can’t wait for the screenshots, I love to see what other people did!

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