MLA staff are neck-deep right now in preparing for the launch of several new web and IT systems by September. Here are just a few of the things we’ve learned from the process so far.
By the way, we migrated MLA headquarters email to Google Apps in April, as part of MLA’s Goal 4, “rationalize and transform MLA information and communication systems.”
Imagine if your friends’ Facebook pages were structured so differently that you had to figure out how to navigate each of them separately. And you probably wouldn’t be posting much if what you shared was always public.
By fall 2015, MLA will migrate the current association management system, website (MLANET), group websites and blogs, email discussion lists, annual meeting website and blogs, and MLA Educational Clearinghouse into a single association platform.
Look familiar? This map of MLA’s Rube Goldbergesque information system infrastructure shows how our systems have been creatively jury-rigged over time, and expanded and patched to solve specific problems or serve specific needs.