January 12, 2001
Volume XXXIV, No. 2

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Health Science Center appoints its first webmaster

The Health Science Center is ready for the new millennium in more ways than one. One very important way is through the universityıs Web site. The office of information management services (IMS) has centralized Web production services and has appointed Jim Barrett, a Health Science Center employee for seven years, as the universityıs first webmaster.

Barrett served in various positions at the Health Science Center, including editor of The Mission magazine, publications editor for the South Texas projects, academic liaison in computing resources, and project coordinator for the South Texas Environmental Education and Research Program (STEER), before becoming the universityıs webmaster.

In 1993 Barrett helped create the Health Science Centerıs Web site, and has built several Web sites for the university since then. In 1998 Barrett was recognized by the Association of American Medical Colleges when he received its Award of Distinction for Electronic Communication for the STEER Web site.

As webmaster, Barrett will be responsible for providing direction and continuity for the institutional Web site, making sure the site adheres to state and federal rules regarding accessibility for persons with disabilities, developing specialized Web sites, developing an intranet for internal use, making it easier for university departments to add a Web presence, and promoting training for university Web developers. Barrett said that centralizing Web services will be more convenient for Health Science employees who want to improve their departmentıs Web presence. Our goal is to encourage and help the people who do Web work, and to build a university Web site that delivers for the Health Science Center and the public,² Barrett said. Barrett added that IMS and several departments and divisions are working together to enhance Web services. The collaborators have adopted the name WebTeam, and have created a Web site where Health Science Center employees can get helpful information on Web site development. The site is located athttp://webteam.uthscsa.edu.

Other services provided by IMS and the WebTeam include:

  • Free 30-minute consultations available between 2 and 4 p.m. Thursdays by appointment at extension 7-7721 or at webadmin@uthscsa.edu.

  • Web training courses in HTML (the mark-up language of the Web). For more information, call Jim Barrett at 7-7721 or send e-mail to webadmin@uthscsa.edu.