I'd like to have a minute to consider a thoughful reply to Hope, and I think
there are excellent ideas here to move forward.  If we can, let's continue to
work on the agenda/process we might use for the 'Network' here online, and
bring it to the meeting Rebecca proposes to start working on refining the
process and group framework for decision-making.  (I think the 'Network'
group has to have some authority to make decisions with the cooperative
agreement of CIT management in each decision - we have to start learning how
to flatten the organization, so why now experiment here?) The standards
discussion is relevant, and could be a group with some cross-representation.

I would suggest that anyone interested in charting out this IT User Support
Network respond to Rebecca directly to be involved in the first session -
probably not a large group, but to refine the concepts we start with here -
and to plan for the first large-group open session.  It would be great to
involve clients in this larger group, including students.

The Advocats list AND the PLAN-IT list are both relevant, but Advocats is
most closely aligned with the topic.  I agree with Wesley, let's use Advocats
for this User Services Network development, and report to Plan-IT with
results/action steps.  OK Everyone?


Wesley Alan Wright wrote:

> At 11:29 AM -0500 12/14/99, Hope Greenberg wrote:
> >
> >So what do we do? And how do we make it different? How about:
> >
> >1) Take stock: List all the groups you are now involved in at UVM where
> >IT is a core component of your discussion/charge/mission. Post them
> >here.
> >
> >2) Invite the people in those groups, and others that you know are
> >involved in IT, to join plan-it
> >
> >3) Encourage interested others to join, especially those that prefer to
> >lurk: lurkers are an important component of every discussion group. At
> >the very least, do what it takes to let people know that the discussions
> >will be happening and that the archives are on
> >
> There have already been three follow-ups to parts of this discussion
> on the ADVOCATS list:
> Before we jump into this, how do we pull this discussion together?
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