Jamie Griffith LI843XU PasseyJones Assignment 3c. Web Portfolio by sae16085

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									                                                                           Jamie
Griffith


                                                                                LI843XU


                                                                           Passey/Jones





                  Assignment
3c.

Web
Portfolio
Reflection
Essay





Introduction



      I
spent
many
weeks
on
my
Blueprint
Blueprint
Portfolio.

Although
I
think
it


is
finished
as
this
assignment
is
concerned
it
is
still
a
work
in
progress.

I
would
love


to
hear
any
words
of
advice
that
anyone
has
–
I
am
very
open
to
criticism,
and
of


course
open
to
compliments.

I
stayed
nearly
true
to
my
Blueprint
Blueprint


Portfolio
but
changed
my
mind
on
some
aspects
of
the
design.

Those
reasons
will
be


cited
as
well
as
why
I
decided
to
use
a
CMS,
the
future
plans
for
the
Portfolio,
and


what
I
wish
I
could
have
done
had
I
the
time.







Why
I
chose
to
use
a
Content
Management
System
(CMS)



      As
I
mentioned
in
my
Blueprint
Portfolio,
I
was
using
a
test
website
for
my


design
ideas
(http://www.jamiegriffith.weebly.com).

I
turns
out
I
simply
liked
the


layout
that
I
had
chosen
for
my
site
better
than
anything
I
could
figure
out
how
to
do


on
Nvu.

I
like
Nvu
and
think
that
it
has
its
plusses
and
minuses,
and
am
glad
I
know


how
to
use
that
program
as
I
think
it
most
likely
could
be
useful
in
a
library
setting.



However,
I
liked
the
clean
layout
that
weebly
provided
with
a
black
design
with


accents
of
gray
and
pink.




      Another
benefit
of
using
this
CMS
is
that
the
Cascading
Style
Sheets
(CSS)
are


very
easy
to
edit.

I
was
able
to
expand
the
website
to
my
liking
–
meaning
I
made


the
layout
bigger
rather
than
more
compact.

I
could
use
this
CMS
to
put
up
all
the


design
elements
and
documents
that
I
wanted
to
use.

It
also
did
not
use
flash
–


which
was
something
I
wanted
to
avoid
altogether.

I
think
the
website
looks


professional
and
stylish.

I
can
edit
it
now
with
a
single
keystroke
and
this
gives
me
a


lot
of
relief
as
I
plan
on
possibly
doing
some
major
redesigning
in
the
Capstone


Class.

This
is
of
course
yet
to
be
determined.






Boundless
Wishes
and
Goals
for
the
Portfolio



      We
had
plenty
of
time
to
work
on
our
Portfolios,
as
I
said
previously
I
have


been
thinking
about
mine
and
designing
it
for
weeks.

But
luckily
we
do
have
even


more
time,
with
our
capstone
class
occurring
next
semester.

As
fickle
as
I
am,
I’m


sure
I
can
find
some
things
to
change
over
the
months
and
years
I
plan
to
maintain


this
website.



       My
true
desire
is
to
use
Drupal
to
design
and
edit
my
site.

As
I
said
in
a
post


on
the
discussion
board
I
have
a
friend
who
is
familiar
with
Drupal
and
has
server


space
that
I
could
use.

Drupal
is
amazing
in
its
versatility
and
its
user‐friendliness


(after
you
jump
over
the
learning
curve).

I
frankly
don’t
have
the
time
to
figure
it


out
right
now.

After
my
Portfolio
is
finished
after
the
Capstone
Class;
or
if
I
have


time
in
the
Fall
Semester
(it’s
my
last
semester
so
who
knows
how
I’ll
feel)
maybe
I


can
ask
my
friend
to
show
me
how
to
use
Drupal.

This
is
a
skill
I
plan
on
mastering

at
some
point
in
my
life
and
I’d
like
to
impress
my
library
higher‐ups
that
I
have


these
skills.








Goals
for
My
Final
Portfolio



       I
think
this
website
right
now
serves
a
good
purpose
but
I
do
have
some


work
to
do
if
I
want
to
make
this
website
available
to
show
to
perspective


employers.

As
I
will
mention
in
the
next
section,
there
are
some
reservations
my


colleagues
and
friends
in
the
IT/Web
Design
industry
have
regarding
the
Portfolio.

I


am
a
stubborn
person
and
right
now
I
like
the
way
it
looks
but
I
know
that
I
have
to


gear
the
website
more
towards
perspective
employers




       Also
I
want
to
find
out
exactly
what
Emporia
State
wants
us
to
put
on
our


Portfolio
regarding
their
core
values
and
philosophy
of
service
as
we
have
seen
on


other
students
Capstone
Portfolios.

Hopefully
we
will
discuss
this
in
class
and
I
can


have
a
functional
Portfolio
for
both
the
career
field
and
my
Graduate
School


requirements.






Other
People’s
Opinions


        In
my
Blueprint
I
said
I
would
keep
my
library
manager
in
mind
during
the


design
of
the
website.

Indeed
I
did
that
and
when
I
completed
the
Portfolio,
I
asked


her
opinion
of
it.

She
thought
it
was
a
bit
dark
(she
may
be
right
as
the
site
is


primarily
in
black
with
some
highlights
of
pink
and
gray).

She
also
thought
the


resume
section
needs
to
be
in
a
“traditional”
presentation
with
a
white
background


with
black
text
in
Times
New
Roman
font.

I
told
her
I
had
a
PDF
link
to
my
resume

which
is
in
a
more
traditional
format,
just
below
the
text
of
my
resume
on
the


website.

She
didn’t
feel
this
was
enough
–
possibly
I
should
move
the
PDF
above


the
text
of
my
resume.

She
admitted
that
she’s
an
older
lady
and
doesn’t
like
the


bangs
and
whistles
that
are
often
associated
with
web
sites
and
that
maybe
she


could
be
in
the
wrong.

I’m
not
convinced
either
way.

I
think
I’ll
ask
for
some
other


opinions
from
library
professionals
before
I
graduate.







       I
also
showed
the
Portfolio
to
a
friend
who’s
an
Information
Technology


professional.

He
really
liked
the
design,
but
told
me
to
rename
some
of
my
pages


(i.e.
the
“LIS
philosophy”
page)
to
say
something
more
specific
and
to
remove
library


jargon.

I
changed
this
page
to
“SLIM/ESU
goals”
but
it
seemed
this
was
still
too
full


of
jargon
for
my
friend.

I
wasn’t
sure
if
this
was
a
great
idea,
because
I
think
this


website
is
and
should
be
focused
on
the
LIS
world,
but
maybe
if
I
avoid
using
too


much
jargon
I
can
generate
more
interest
from
a
wide
range
of
perspective


employers.

Regardless,
I
took
his
advice.

I
added
more
generic
terms
throughout


the
website.







       My
friend
who’s
a
web
designer
thought
the
Portfolio
needed
more
pictures.



I
wound
up
adding
an
interesting
picture
of
books
on
every
page.

After
a
while
it
felt


generic,
so
I
removed
all
pictures
except
the
ones
of
me
on
my
personal
page
and


the
picture
of
library
books
on
my
front
page.

I
am
worried
if
I
have
a
picture
of


books
on
every
single
page
that
it
will
look
a
bit
sterile.

My
web
designer
still

thought
the
pictures
should
stand.

He
described
it
as
“opening
a
book
in
the
middle


and
not
knowing
where
you
are”.

I
understand
his
point,
but
I
think
that
if
one


focuses
on
what
the
content
is
per
the
page
heading
it
will
make
more
sense.

This
is


another
issue
I’d
like
to
address
when
I’m
in
the
capstone
class.





       Another
major
issue
of
contention
is
the
picture
I
chose
to
put
of
myself.

I


left
it
up
there
for
argument’s
sake
(I’m
not
too
serious
about
using
this
Portfolio
as


a
website
for
perspective
employers
at
this
moment).

I
showed
it
to
everybody
at


my
library
after
my
library
manager
told
she
despised
it.

She
thought
it
was


“flirtatious”
“unflattering”
and
“not
Jamie”.

I
showed
it
to
everyone
else
and
they
all


hated
it
too.

The
curtains
behind
me
were
“too
metallic”,
my
face
is
pointing


downward
which
is
an
“unflattering
angle”,
the
stripes
on
my
shirt
were


“distracting”,
and
my
smile
was
“unnatural”
and
so
on.

I
am
confused
because
I
was


trying
to
put
up
a
semi‐normal
picture
of
myself.

I
am
a
jokester
in
front
of
the


camera
and
it
is
difficult
for
me
to
take
a
“normal”
picture.

Regardless
I’ll
think


about
it
and
try
to
find
a
photo
that
people
seem
to
like.



How
I
Strayed



      As
per
my
wireframe
and
Blueprint
document
assignment,
I
do
believe
that
I


followed
the
plan
I
laid
out
nearly
exactly
as
planned.

I
said
in
my
Portfolio


Blueprint
that
I
wanted
to
be
less
chatty
and
more
focused
on
design.

I
don’t
know
if


I’ve
followed
that
path
exactly,
I
may
need
to
work
on
my
content
more
than
using


                                                                      

words.

This
is
something
I’m
monitoring
and
will
seek
more
input
on.

I
said
also


that
I
wanted
to
follow
a
minimalist
design;
I
think
I’ve
done
that
but
I
wonder
if
it’s

too
simplistic.

Many
people
want
a
flash/bang/boom
and
I
certainly
have
not


employed
such
means
but
I
think
the
design
speaks
for
itself:
this
website
is
about
a


person
focused
on
their
coursework.



       I
left
out
my
“Programs
I’ve
Spearheaded”
section
for
the
moment
on
the


website.

I
worked
on
this
section
for
some
time
and
just
kept
feeling
fickle
and/or


unsatisfied.

I
have
a
lot
of
programs
I’ve
spearheaded
in
my
job
experience
that


does
not
involve
the
library
but
I
felt
I
might
need
to
include
just
library‐specific


programs
in
this
section.

I
wanted
to
wait
for
other
opinions
and
see
what
my


colleagues
put
for
this
section
(if
they
choose
to
do
so).

Regardless
it’s
a
work
in


progress
and
I
know
eventually
I’ll
feel
comfortable
with
this
section.



       I
have
not
added
a
site
map.

I
can’t
figure
out
how
to
do
it
using
weebly
(the


CMS
I
chose
to
use).

I
suppose
I
can
create
a
site
map
myself
and
add
it
as
a
new


page
element.

This
would
be
quite
easy
as
I
have
my
Blueprint
Document,
which


would
perfectly
lead
easy
construction
of
a
site
map.

I
wonder
if
it’s
necessary
to


include
this
information.

I
want
to
view
other
Portfolios
from
my
fellow
students
to


see
if
they’ve
included
this
element.



       Possibly
my
biggest
deviation
from
my
Blueprint
has
been
the
elimination
of


a
search
bar
on
every
page
of
my
website.

Frankly
I
think
it
will
look
weird
on
each


page!

I
also
think
the
navigation
is
extremely
clear
and
a
search
page
is
not


necessary.

The
Salt
Lake
City
Library
System
(http://www.slcpl.org)
needs
a


search
function
because
the
website
is
loaded
with
information
that
can
be
difficult

to
find.

I
don’t
think
that
I
have
that
much
stuff
that
could
be
unsearchable.

I’ll
leave


this
open
for
debate
(whether
between
me
and
my
peers
or
just
me
and
myself).








Conclusion



      In
this
class
we’ve
learned
that
web
pages
are
fluid
and
evolving.

This
is
the


appeal
of
the
web:
we
have
information
that
is
always
exciting
and
interesting
to


look
at.

At
this
point
I
feel
that
I
have
made
a
nice
website
that
satisfies
the
course


objectives
and
my
own
personal
desires
regarding
the
presentation
of
myself
as
a


person,
as
a
graduate
student
and
as
a
library
professional.

However,
as
this
is
a


precursor
for
our
Capstone
Class
I
will
be
open
to
changes
that
may
need
to
occur.

I


also
am
open
to
opinion
from
others
regarding
what
works
and
what
does
not
work.



But
in
sum,
it
was
a
fun
project
and
I
feel
that
I
have
something
tangible
to
show


people
if
they
are
interested
in
more
information
about
Emporia
and
about
me


personally.






								
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