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Coming Soon: New NCS Website and Membership Directory Platform By Matthew Koenig, MD, FNCS and Tessa Wegenke One of the main goals of the NCS Offi cers and Executive Offi ce this year is to upgrade the NCS website and membership directory. The NCS last updated the website and membership directory platform about four years ago. For a variety of reasons, maintaining the website, ensuring internet security, and – most of all – maintaining an accurate and effi cient membership directory Matthew Koenig, have been challenging and the society has The new website platform will also make the content of the MD, FNCS learned some hard lessons. website itself more customizable for different member types. This means that different member categories will be able to access With that goal in mind, the NCS completed different content and functionalities within the NCS website. a lengthy evaluation process to fi nd a new For example, a nurse member may have access to content and Association Management Software and chat rooms that are relevant to nurses. A member of an NCS Content Management System for our website committee will have access to the committee minutes or private and membership directory over the last year. chat rooms specifi c for that committee. With this customization, As a result of this process, we selected JL it will become very important to log in when visiting the NCS Systems as our new vendor for the website, website because custom content may only be available for specifi c communications, and member directory. member types. Tessa Wegenke Over the next few months, members should Another new feature of the website will be the ability to customize expect to hear a lot more about upcoming subscriptions to various categories, topics, and threads of changes to the website. JL Systems is currently in the process of conversation within on-line chat rooms. Although the previous transferring over the existing website and membership directory website platform had a chat room functionality, it never became to the new platform. We anticipate the go-live date for the new successful because members would have to specifi cally go looking system will be in the early spring of 2016. When the new system for topics that people were discussing. Some committees have launches, members will be asked to update their detailed member used email listservs as an alternative to chat rooms, but they profi le which will contain a number of specifi c fi elds related to result in a lot of emails with the inability to select which topics to your NCS membership category. In some ways, this will be like follow and not follow. The new website will address both of these re-applying to the society. problems by allowing members to select specifi c topics to follow and an option to receive comments on these topics by email – This process is necessary for several reasons which ultimately either as a weekly summary email or an email of each comment. result in a benefi t to the NCS members. First, under the old membership platform, many members have redundant and Another advantage of a better integrated website and membership inaccurate membership listings. This results in duplicate mailings, directory is that it will allow members to keep track of their missed emails, inaccurate membership dues reminders and own activities within the society, such as dues payments, on-line meeting attendance records, and a lot of ineffi cient, manual courses completed in the NCS OnDemand section, ENLS, and workarounds on the part of the Executive Offi ce. For this reason, eligibility for programs like FNCS. we will need to establish unique identifi ers for every member so we can maintain a consistent record for our members when they Last but not least in terms of functionality, any publications or change email addresses, jobs, member types, etc. In addition, with manuscripts posted on the NCS website will now be searchable. For the auxiliary demographical information that will be required, the those of you who have been trying to fi nd the salary survey or other NCS will be able to provide a more accurate and in-depth member articles of interest, you will be able to search for them with ease. directory which is one of the biggest benefi ts to its members. In addition to the new functionalities on the website, we are The second major reason to update the member profi le is to also in the process of creating a fresh new look for the website. ascertain member’s preferences in terms of which communications Although the redesign is still a work in progress, we selected a you will receive from the society. This will allow members to opt template for the landing page created by NCS graphic designer Abe in or out of receiving email communications from the society, Raguindin. Check out the template in the graphic accompanying such as Member Surveys, the monthly President’s Update, and this article. notices for new products, promotions, and society publications. The new membership platform will allow the society to customize Stay tuned for more information about the new website and other the type of email communications we send to specifi c members, exciting improvements coming soon. thereby addressing the concerns of members who felt they had been receiving too many emails from the NCS. Matthew Koenig, MD, FNCS is Chair of the NCS Communications Committee and Tessa Wegenke is the Administrative & Communications Coordinator for the NCS. 5


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