Put your entry on Who's Who in the Lib Dems Online...now!! (please)

Thanks to the hard work of Chris Phillips and Bob I can now announce that of Who’s Who in the Lib Dems Online is ready for you all to add your entries.

Putting your entry on Who’s Who in the Lib Dems is entirely free and the only requirement we have is that you are a member of the Liberal Democrats. If you’re not you would like to join you can do so here.

For those of you who are already Lib Dem members then please go ahead and place an entry here.

No, doubt a number of you will have already had an entry in the 2006 print version; if you did and you don’t want to start from scratch then email me here and if I haven’t done so already, as I am about to start sending them out to all those who have been registering an interest, I will send you out a copy of your old entry. Unfortunately, I cannot update your old entry for you; you have to register with your postcode, email and membership number and I won’t know those. However, this does mean that you can update it, when things change, as soon as they change. Plus I have to actually earn a living at some point.

We will be launching the subscription service at the September Conference so the sooner you add your entry on Who’s Who in the Lib Dems Online, the more often people will read about you then. And anyway, there’s plenty of opportunity for you to tell people about your blog there!

Do not worry if you are not going to conference, you can still subscribe and we will let you know when you can.

One of the reasons I wanted to put Who’s Who in the Liberal Democrats Online rather than just print it in hard copy once again is that I though a searchable Who’s Who would be an invaluable resource for all of us, whether campaigning, creating policy or looking for experts in a particular subject. The more people sign up and add entries the more valuable it becomes. Who’s Who in the Lib Dems is not just for Parliamentarians and the great and the good, they are already covered in the Lib Dems website (and even better on the new Lib Dem website that will be coming soon and I’ve had a sneak preview of). No, Who’s Who in the Lib Dems is also for the rest of us, who whilst happy to do our bit and deliver focuses, would like the rest of the party to know that we can do more than that and our experience , skills and knowledge outside the party may be of use, if only somebody would listen! Well, here at Who’s Who in the Lib Dems online, we’re listening. So please, add an entry, whether you’re a parliamentarian, a member of staff, a councillor, a party office, a blogger, an activist or a member who wants to stand up and be counted.

And if you’re sitting there, reading this you can be sure that you are just the sort of person that people will want to read about in Who’s Who in the Lib Dems online!

Who’s Who Online is published by the Liberal Democrats Parliamentary Candidates Association; a print version will be published in 2009.

8 comments:

Jennie said...
21 Aug 2008, 13:16:00

Tis done. And edited. And edited again. I think it's OK now.

Duncan Borrowman said...
21 Aug 2008, 13:30:00

Signed in and waiting for confirmation email...
Firstly, excellent idea to do it this way.
Only slight moan is that it would have been better to use the party "single sign on" so that users don't have to remember yet another username and password (though the same also applies to the members' area of LDV)

The Burbler said...
21 Aug 2008, 13:39:00

Jo

Done. Very well done for taking all this on. It is an awesomely large project which requires lots of tenacity. The online facility is great. Well done team!

Jo Christie-Smith said...
21 Aug 2008, 14:06:00

Hooray! People are using it and it's working! Hooray!

Yes, Duncan, you're right, it would've been better but I just didn't get around to thinking about it. Sometimes if you want to get something done you just have to go tactical; if I'd waited for it to be strategically perfect then I might not have got it done in the first place.

However, no doubt come Christmas you'll all be thinking of little enhancements that we could do and we could look at doing that then.

We have one minor problem come up so far, regarding overseas address and lack of post code to verify with the membership database; we're looking at it but it may well take a couple of days to sort.

If anyone is struggling with that, drop me a line at the email in the original posting and I will let you know when we've sorted it.

(I say we, but what I really mean is Chris & Bob).

James Schneider said...
21 Aug 2008, 17:34:00

I think I've done it but there is an error sign. Is there any way I can check? Can I edit what I've put it? Its rather bare at present.

Steph Ashley said...
21 Aug 2008, 19:57:00

I didn't realise you were involved with this project, Jo. Brilliant stuff.

It is making me feel terribly, terribly inadequate though. My education stops with A-levels, and I don't have a career so much as a succession of really pants jobs (I think I'll just leave that box blank). Nobody's fault but my own, I suppose, but I fear looking like a poor relation next to most people who 'get involved in politics' at the best of times - in print it may prove to be all too much.

Jennie said...
21 Aug 2008, 20:06:00

"I don't have a career so much as a succession of really pants jobs (I think I'll just leave that box blank). Nobody's fault but my own, I suppose, but I fear looking like a poor relation"

I put non-existent unless you count a succession of minimum wage jobs, or something along those lines, Steph. I'm PROUD to be Cletus the Slack-jawed yokel ;)

Jo Christie-Smith said...
22 Aug 2008, 20:51:00

Hi James,

If you go to the website you'll find a FAQ, How to register and How to Complete your entry. There's also an email address to send queries to.

You can indeed edit your entry - once you log back in, go to Who's Who on the left hand side and click on edit.

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