This page provides a summary of, and specific responsibilities for, the role of web editor. It may be varied from time to time at the discretion of the School, in consultation with the role holder(s).
Web editors are LSE staff, including work scholars, who are responsible for publishing to the LSE website. There are web editors within all staff groups at LSE. We aim to have at least one web editor for each organisational unit within the School. In some cases, such as the Library, a large cohort of web editors is required. Where more than one web editor represents a unit, one of these is assumed to be the lead web editor.
All web editors are required to register with the Web Services team and undergo a handover (see Handovers) to ensure that they have been inducted to the role. This involves clarifying the responsibilities and providing the training required to meet these responsibilities.
Summary of responsibilities
Web editors produce and/ or maintain one or more collection(s) and/ or resource(s) within the context of the LSE website. In doing so, web editors share 'ownership' of the collection(s) and/ or resource(s) they produce and/ or maintain with the Web Services team. The emphasis of this shared ownership is upon enabling web editors to operate autonomously within the context of a wider framework operated by the Web Services team.
The role of a web editor differs slightly depending on whether the web pages they manage use LSE template or not, or are independent web services. Generally, maintenance forms the bulk of the role, and production work is managed by the Web Services Team, with web editors contributing subject expertise, content and design ideas.
Web editors are primarily concerned with content. They are responsible for meeting the information needs of users in pursuit of the School's objectives.
- To produce and/ or maintain one or more collections and/ or resources
- To be responsible for the content of the collection(s) and/ or resource(s) they produce and/ or maintain
- To be responsible for the look and feel of the collection(s) and/ or resource(s) they produce and/ or maintain in terms of the LSE website template, or for the whole site design if the LSE website template is not adopted
- To take responsibility for any additional functionality provided as part of the collection(s) and/ or resource(s) they produce and/ or maintain (eg software hosted on separate servers to provide functionality not supported by the Web Services Team)
- To ensure that the collection(s) and/ or resource(s) for which they are responsible comply with the Best Practice Guide for Web Services as appropriate, specifically legal and regulatory compliance, and in relation to this, accessibility and usability
- To provide their collection(s) and/ or resource(s) such that they meet the information needs of users in pursuit of the School's objectives
- To be registered with the Web Services team and to keep them informed of any changes that will affect their registration
- To work in partnership with the Web Services team in the production and/ or maintenance of their collection(s) and/ or resource(s).
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