Session Details

Better Living Through Automation: Defeating Time Sucks and Doing Better Work

MPD12 Management and Professional Development

Location: Skyline II

TUESDAY, 3:00 - 3:45 p.m.

As a small office (or office of one) tasked with managing your institution’s website, social media accounts, and teams of co-workers and work study students, there’s a LOT to keep track of and not enough time in the day to deal with it. What if we could automate the most tedious of our daily tasks using free tools? From task management and delegation, to collecting form submissions, to dealing with email and social media mentions -- and much more -- we can eliminate time sucks and focus on doing better work. This session is equal parts workflows/examples and prompting you to think creatively about how to tie together common apps and tasks into a powerful super-system. Kind of like Voltron for web apps.

View this presentation online


Jesse Lavery
Director of Web Communications, Allegheny College

Jesse Lavery is the Director of Web Communications at Allegheny College, a national liberal arts college of 2,100 students in Meadville, PA. Lavery’s office is responsible for the design, development, and content strategy of the entirety of the Allegheny family of websites and the WordPress Multisite installation that powers them. In 2012, he built a cross-division Social Media Team to manage the institution’s official social media accounts. In addition to his day-to-day duties, Lavery is proud to serve on Allegheny’s Bicentennial Committee. Allegheny is the 32nd oldest college in the nation and is currently celebrating its 200th anniversary.