One of the frustrations of the new year is that we haven’t had a truly effective tool for publicizing events.
Today, we’re pleased to be finally christening our new Berkeley Law Events Calendar as the school’s primary events tool. This versatile new calendar (linked at the top of nearly every web page) will make it easy for people to see what’s going on at the school and give event organizers more control over their information.
The BBB, used in the past to promote events, will remain. But it will be dedicated strictly to non-event announcements (see the BBB “About” page for more information.)
The new calendar offers many features, allowing users to view events as a monthly calendar grid, daily or weekly lists of events (similar to the old BBB), or filtered by keywords. Users can also create email reminders for individual events, download event information, and print out event lists for when they’re offline. (Be sure to read the Calendar Tips page, which explains how to exploit many of the features of the calendar.)
What’s more, the main Berkeley Law Events calendar is an umbrella for many sub-calendars. So if users only want to see a certain type of event—such as those hosted by student groups or a center—they can view one of those individual calendars. (See the full menu of calendars here: http://farnsworth.law.berkeley.edu/MasterCalendar/).
How will events get onto the calendar? For many events, the calendar pulls information from our room reservation system. Centers, clinics and school departments then use their own sub-calendars edit to those listings to add more detail. We’ve trained several centers on this process, and will continue training until everyone has the access they need.
Students and student groups, meanwhile, will submit events through a sub-calendar managed by Student Services. Those events will appear on that calendar as well as the main Berkeley Law calendar.
Details on the submission process can be found here.
We’re still training users, adding sub-calendars, and quashing little bugs, so not everything is just as we want it yet. But we’re ready for event organizers to begin using it to publicize events, and for our community to use to find events.