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Changes in store for College directory

Posted 05/17/03

Online version in development, content in print version reduced

The annual Dartmouth College Directory will be changing with this fall's printing.

Users will find a slimmed-down book and an increased online presence, due to the need to reduce printing costs and the desire to create an online version of the directory. Some content will be removed from the printed version of the book, and an online version of the directory, based on the current Dartmouth Name Directory (DND), will be available on the College's website.

"We know that our resources for rising printing costs are limited," said William N. Walker, Vice President for Public Affairs, "and it is increasingly logical to combine a more limited print version of the directory with an enhanced online version."

Working with the Administrative Information Systems Support group within Computing Services and the Office of Human Resources, Director of Publications Rick Adams and his staff are working to create the online directory of work-only information, along the lines of the existing DND. Once established, it will be accessible from the Dartmouth home page as a "People Finder" search option.

"Although we have been asked to look at ways to reduce our printing costs, we see this as an opportunity to enhance our online directory capabilities," said Adams, "something that we've wanted to do for some time."

Changes to the printed directory will include:

  • Limiting of directory entries to permanent employees of Dartmouth College working on the Hanover campus and at selected off-campus locations, like the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center campus in Lebanon and at the Veterans' Administration Center in White River Junction, Vt.
  • Removal of personal information, like home address and phone numbers. "Over time," said Adams, "we're noticing more and more employees of the College opting out of including their personal information."
  • The removal of certain content originating in other publications, such as the organization of the College previously printed in the front of the directory. That information is originally printed as part of the Organization, Regulations and Courses book, produced by the Office of the Registrar.
  • The removal of the student names list in the back of the directory. "Presently we print only students' name, class year and Hinman mail box in the directory," says Adams, "information that is just as easily accessed online.
  • A return to the book's original 6-by-9 physical size.

Adams expects the online "People Finder" directory to be available during the fall term; the printed version of the directory will be available as usual at the beginning of the fall term in late September.

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