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James N Kirby

  • Manager-Internet Tech (Design)
  • : (401) 825-1178
  • : Knight Campus
  • : 3556
  • : jkirby@ccri.edu

Bio

As the manager of CCRI's website design and content, I am responsible for creating the overall look & feel of the website, ensuring that it meets all state and federal accessibility standards and CCRI graphic standards. I create the templates and web graphics used in the development of the various department, program and organization sub-sites.

I also oversee the development, coordination, management, and ongoing maintenance of the content on the public areas of CCRI's website and provide graphical customization of the private domains of the site such as MyCCRI, Blackboard, and Banner.

I oversee web development training for faculty, staff, and students which include the development of the underlying code, the production, and editing of web graphics and the use of cascading style sheets toward the goal of producing web standards compliant websites.

web monkeyAs an instructor in the Computer Studies department, I teach Intro to Web Site Development -a course is designed to familiarize the student with the development and publication of basic World Wide Web sites. The students learn to create a website using a template, publish to a server, customize & manage web pages & images. The students get to set up and use interactive forms on the Web, use subsites, customize tables and add a search tool to a website. Students are introduced to cascading style sheets (CSS) as a means to maximize the accessibility of their web pages by separating design from content. Recently began teaching this course using WordPress.

I also teach courses at CCRI in Introduction to Computers and Basic Computing.

I began my web design and web management career in 1997 at Bridgewater State University and Brown University before joining CCRI in 2001.

Before becoming a web designer, I was the Director of Advertising & Marketing for NHD Stores, Inc., Stoughton, MA, where I developed and implemented all advertising and marketing strategies for the 33-store retail chain. I also held the position of Director of Advertising at Paperama Party Supply Stores, Hingham, MA where I developed and executed all advertising strategies for the 16-store retail chain, served as Creative Director for all advertising, store openings (11) and sales promotional programs, directed in-house creative staff and outside creative services such as ad agencies, photo and sound studios.


Professional experience

Education

University of Massachusetts, Amherst
BFA in Studio Art, Painting - 1977

Bridgewater State University, Bridgewater, MA
Teacher of Visual Arts
Selected courses in a Post-Baccalaureate Program for Provisional Certification with Advanced Standing for Grades 5 – 12.

N. E. School of Art/Suffolk University, Boston, MA
Selected Fine Arts, Graphics and Liberal Arts courses.

Selected Publications

Faculty Website: http://facultywp.ccri.edu/jkirby
Online portfolio: http://www.webkirby.com

Academic Focus

Computer Studies and Information Processing
Web Design
Studio Art

Areas of Expertise

Website design, Information Architecture, UX, photo manipulation.

Operating systems: Windows, Mac and Linux
Graphics applications: Adobe CS6 & CC, Corel Painter2015
Video Editing: Adobe Premiere, Camtasia Studio
HTML, XHTML, CSS and web authoring tools: Dreamweaver, BBEdit, SharePoint Designer, Expression Web
Content Management Systems: WordPress and OmniUpdate
Spreadsheet, word processing, and presentation multimedia: MS Office 2010/2013/2016

Awards & Honors

  • Community College of Rhode Island
  • Brown University
    • The Knowledge Loom (Micro site, 1999)
      • Named one of the "Top Ten Professional Development Websites" by the staff of The Guidance Channel E-zine in August of 2004.
      • Recognized by the Association of Educational Publishers as the outstanding product in the Category: Technology-Supported Professional Development Resources for 2001.
      • Received an "A" Rating from Education World. "Well designed, concise, and visually appealing."
      • Named a 4-star site, (5-star being the best), in Pacific Bell's Knowledge Network "Blue Web'n Site".
      • Net Day Compass: chosen as the "Editor's Choice" in category: Best Practices & Real Stories

Additional Information (Links)

Work Experience

Office: Knight Campus, room 3556, round bldg.

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Last Updated: 11/30/17