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ASLH SEEKS VOLUNTEERS FOR THE POSITION OF WEBMASTER The letter that Maeva recently sent to all members of the ASLH announcing the discontinuance of the paper version of the Society?s Newsletter said: "As keeping the website up to date will be an even more critical job than it has been in the past, the president will appoint a webmaster, whose responsibility it will be to post all information to the website and to keep the website current. The webmaster will work under the supervision of the president-elect of the society. An announcement seeking volunteers for the position of webmaster of the ASLH will be posted on H-Law, but if you, or anyone you know, has an interest in applying for the job, please contact me directly (firstname.lastname@example.org)." This is the announcement that she describes. Let me say a few more words about the job. When I became president, I took over this job because it was more efficient for me to do it than it was to work with the graduate student who had been doing the job in the past. I have continued to do it as immediate past president, but I will be leaving that position in November, and it is time to move on. The basic layout of the Society?s webpages was designed using, I believe, Microsoft Front Page (a program that was discontinued in 2006). I have not changed the basic design. There are arguments both for and against doing that, and that is something to which the new webmaster might give some thought. My own practice has been to make changes in the basic pages by writing HTML directly into them, using HTML-Kit. Someone who did not feel comfortable doing that, however, could certainly convert the whole thing to another webpage program such as Dreamweaver and work from that. Transfer to the MSU server is by SSH with a password and is easy to do. Perhaps more important than any technical ability is some sense of both verbal and visual style. Different members of the Society ask for things to be posted on the web on behalf of the Society, and while one does not want to supress individual styles, there has to be some uniformity of style. Many of our members, including the officers, are busy people, and they do make mistakes. The webmaster is the last line between the Society and posting something worldwide that is just wrong. Putting it bluntly, this is as a much a job for someone who enjoys editing (and is good at it) as it is a job for someone who is a technical whizz. The job does not take a lot of time. In normal times, an hour a week is plenty. Around the time of the annual meeting, both before and after, there will be a couple of weeks when it takes, let us say, a whole Saturday morning. Anyone who thinks that he or she might be interested in the job and wants to know more should feel free to get in touch with me: email@example.com. Charlie Donahue