The New Face Of Adaptistration

Adaptistration’s anticipated switch to the Moveable Type blogging software is now a reality. With it comes a bevy of new features:

  • You can now email individual articles directly to someone via the “email this entry” link located at the end of each post.
  • Moveable Type maintains an ongoing automatic archive of all posts so it will be easier to find articles from the past. You can find the archives link toward the top of the right hand navigation column in the “About” section. Please keep in mind, however, that the archive by topic feature won’t be available in full for another few weeks since there are nearly 500 articles which were transplanted over from the old blogging platform.
  • Every reader will be able to submit personal comments which will be available to all Adaptistration readers. To protect against malicious comments and spam, I have enabled a feature that allows comments to be held for approval the first time you post a comment. And, of course, you can always send a private email message which will not be available for public inspection.
  • The new search feature, located in the right hand column, utilizes an engine is much more user friendly and does a better job of taking you to the correct articles.
  • For those of you out there with dial up or slower network connections, photos will now be automatically displayed as thumbnails. As a result page loading times will be decreased significantly and I’ll be able to use higher resolution photos for the larger images.
  • In addition to all of those new goodies you’ll still be able to access all of the great old information (some of which like the “Lost but Not Forgotten” pages have been unavoidably down over the past few weeks). It’s all right where you’re used to seeing it in the right hand column; they’ve simply been better organized into subheadings such as “Resources” and “projects”.

    Everything at Adaptistration is now licensed under a Creative Commons License, which allows those of you in academia an easier time with using material for instructional purposes. However, keep in mind some of the special projects will carry different Creative Commons Licenses than the standard license applied to the general blog postings.

    Things To Come
    Besides all of these wonderful new features you can take advantage of right now, there are several special features in the works. Such as:

  • establishing a weekly email summary of Adaptistration articles you can sign up to receive
  • an updated and expanded glossary
  • a new blogroll of sites outside of the wonderful collection of blogs here at Arts Journal
  • Adaptistration merchandise available at CafePress
  • Furthermore, one of the most exciting new offerings will be a selection of Adaptistration publications which will be available for purchase at the Adaptistration CafePress online store. The publications are still a secret, but look for the first round of them to come out within the next few weeks.

    Is Adaptistration Still Missing Anything?
    Even with all of these enhancements it will take a week or two to work out some of the bugs, but Adaptistration will only grow to its full potential if readers like you take the time to send in your observations. So don’t be shy about submitting your remarks and ideas.

    About Drew McManus

    "I hear that every time you show up to work with an orchestra, people get fired." Those were the first words out of an executive's mouth after her board chair introduced us. That executive is now a dear colleague and friend but the day that consulting contract began with her orchestra, she was convinced I was a hatchet-man brought in by the board to clean house.

    I understand where the trepidation comes from as a great deal of my consulting and technology provider work for arts organizations involves due diligence, separating fact from fiction, interpreting spin, as well as performance review and oversight. So yes, sometimes that work results in one or two individuals "aggressively embracing career change" but far more often than not, it reinforces and clarifies exactly what works and why.

    In short, it doesn't matter if you know where all the bodies are buried if you can't keep your own clients out of the ground, and I'm fortunate enough to say that for more than 15 years, I've done exactly that for groups of all budget size from Qatar to Kathmandu.

    For fun, I write a daily blog about the orchestra business, provide a platform for arts insiders to speak their mind, keep track of what people in this business get paid, help write a satirical cartoon about orchestra life, hack the arts, and love a good coffee drink.

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