Go to the City and Borough of Juneau’s official website and you are almost certain to notice a large new graphic on the right-hand toolbar directing viewers to the new city calendar.
The old WebEvent-powered calendar now features all-caps bold lettering telling people to “Please Refer to the New City Calendar” on each day, starting with Tuesday (http://bit.ly/RzHubm).
What’s new about the new city calendar?
“The new one has a lot more options, as far as what the user is able to do,” said CBJ Webmaster Patrick McGonegal. “You have the ability to filter the calendar by a lot of options. You’re able to subscribe to events.”
The new calendar’s Web page (http://bit.ly/QowsER) includes buttons that users can click to sign up for updates via RSS or email, as well as scrolling lists of departments and groups that users can check or uncheck to filter events by whom they pertain to.
Staff meetings can also be unchecked, making it easier for members of the public to sort through which meetings they are able to attend. Public meetings and other meetings can be unchecked as well, so that the calendar displays only staff meetings.
McGonegal said city staff began to discuss ways of improving the city calendar earlier this year.
“We started looking at stuff six, eight months ago, I think,” McGonegal said.
Other city departments will eventually get the new calendar as well, according to McGonegal.
“It’s a full enterprise-level calendar installation,” said McGonegal of the new Trumba-powered calendar. “We’re also rolling it out to the (Juneau) Public Libraries, Parks and Rec, Centennial Hall. They’ll all be receiving upgrades to their calendars in the next few months.”
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