November 28, 2012 By Kristy Fifelski
Two government superstars teamed up to author a step-by-step book for public agencies on how to effectively use social media. This "field guide" is the work of Ines Mergel, assistant professor of public administration at Syracuse University, and Bill Greeves, CIO of Wake County, N.C. (who recently topped the list of "most social government CIOs" by Public CIO magazine).
This video takes a quick look at Social Media in the Public Sector Field Guide: Designing and Implementing Strategies and Policies and why it's the perfect stocking stuffer for any public sector employee. The book was published this November and can be found through major book retailers.
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November 15, 2012 By Kristy Fifelski
I was honored to rub elbows this week with some of the most innovative leaders in state and local government at the re:Public XI event in Tucson, Arizona. Once I made it past the door of this invitation-only event, I found a dedicated group of experienced public servants representing communities across America.
The event featured two days of thought-provoking speakers and industry networking. A final panel of MPA candidates concluded the event on Tuesday with a refreshing look at the next generation in public service. After some fun talking about generational differences, both the students and the audience of well-experienced public officials gave each other thoughtful advice for achieving great things together in public service.
November 7, 2012 By Kristy Fifelski
What's better, a mobile app, or a mobile site? And what's the difference again? This GovGirl video explores the pros and cons of each, and covers the best practice of "Responsive Design."
Government agencies are trying to figure out how to adapt and thrive in a time where almost half of American adults have smartphones, 61 percent have a laptop and 18 percent have a tablet computer. When state and local government IT leaders were asked last spring, 39 percent said their agency plans on deploying a new mobile app for citizens within the year.
If you need a quick microsite (a separate site or area within your site with targeted content for a specific purpose -- like elections, open data, etc.), consider using a popular blogging platform. You can quickly make the blog look and function like a regular website. Then, use a pre-built, free plugin that gives you an instant mobile-friendly site. One of my faves for the WordPress platform is WPtouch, which you can find at WordPress.org.
Kristy is known as "GovGirl" in the government technology industry. She is a former city government web manager who has a passion for social media, technology and the lighter side of government life.
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