Been having a bit of a runaround with our systems department lately. We have a staff blog and an Intranet. These are on a server that is limited to IP ranges within the library. This means that the RSS feed of our staff blog can not actually be used with any feedreader that is not desktop-based. As a result, noboby really uses the feeds of our staff blog. They have to actually visit the site. Arrrrrgh!
Furthermore, it means that we can't actually perform a lot of the functions of our Intranet, if we are outside the building. Going to a conference? Want to post some information to the staff Intranet? FAGGETTABOUTIT!!!
The whole thing seems to fly in the face of Web 2.0 and Library 2.0 in that it does not empower the user (in this case, library staff); it disempowers them. How can we expect library staff to learn about and deploy new information technologies, if we inhibit their use? Anybody else have similar issues? Any success in getting systems to loosen the reins a bit?