Wednesday, December 05, 2007

So when you see Seth....and Ellen...and David...and Phil....

So here's how it went:

Last year, Parkie Seth Palmer came to see me with what he (and I) thought was a great idea: Why didn't we have all of the portable equipment in the Park School available for sign-out online?

Why (he asked me) did students have to come to the Park School and stand in line (usually) to reserve equipment, and then come BACK to the Park School to pick it up? Why couldn't they just log on to a secure site, reserve the equipment, and THEN come and pick it up at the appropriate time?

I couldn't think of a reason.

That was late last spring.

This fall, I posed the same question to Ellen and David and Phil (among others) down in TechOps (PPECS).

Their answer was exactly what I've come to expect from them: Sure, we can do that. We can figure out a way to set up a system so students can reserve equipment online.

And over the past six weeks, that's what they've done.

It's Seth's dream come true. And (perhaps especially on a cold February morning when you don't have to walk down from home to come to the Park School to reserve equipment) yours.

Beginning in January, you will be able to log on to a secure Web site and reserve the equipment you need to complete your work.

But first you're going to need to learn how, exactly, to do that.

Ellen is holding training sessions in the Park Auditorium on December 11th and December 13th from noon to 1:05 pm.

Just think how glad you will be to have attended one of those sessions in January, when you know how to use the system -- and how sorry you'll be if you DON'T find the time next week and you have to guessed it....walk down from home to come to the Park School to reserve equipment.

This project is the result of a collaboration between students and staff: a great idea from a student and the implementation of it by a staff whose mission and professional commitment is to serve you well.

Next time you see Seth, shake his hand, pat him on the back, thank him for having the imagination to come up with the proposal AND the initiative to make an appointment to pitch it to the dean.

And next time you're in PPECS, take the time to thank the staff for its willingness to take on yet another project -- not an insignificant hassle and time commitment -- in order to make your life just a little bit easier.

Don'tcha just love the Park School? I do.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

But everyone needs to realize that this isn't going to be the magic key to get whatever you want from PPECS. There is going to be time limits on equipment usage, you will be responsible for making sure that you don't go over those limits, and this doesn't mean that you can pick for all of the inventory.

I think that there are going to be some very dissapointed people who realize that they can't take out equipment 3 days during the week and over the weekend as well. I know the the tech staff has put A LOT of work into this new system, but I do NOT envy them next January when everyone comes to them complaining saying "well we used to be able to do that..." I think that people are going to miss some of the policies that used to be "overlooked" with the old system, but will now have to be strictly enforced with this new system.

I am all for innovation, but I think that this may not be the god send that everyone thinks it will be.

Also... $11,000 to implement this system? It seems a little much for a convienience. I guess time will tell.

I am curious to see how this pans out over the next semester...

10:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

most of us are in the park school every day anyway. So it's not really already a problem to walk down (up for us who live off-campus) in the cold. How many kids waste gas driving down from the circles anyway?

12:28 AM  

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