Department Classification

Need some background on Localist’s Classification tools? Start with our introductory guide: Intro to Classification


In this article you will find:

  • What’s the best way to organize administrative or academic departments?
  • Why Use Landing Pages?
  • How does this affect calendar navigation?
  • Should I use Department or Group Landing Pages?
  • Other options

What’s the Best Way to Organize Administrative or Academic Departments?

When planning out your calendar’s classification, it’s important to think about the role each label might fill. Since Departments act as event hosts that want to showcase their event, they should be added as landing pages — either Groups or Departments. Ultimately, Groups and Departments are functionally the same, but live in different directories, so we at Localist usually talk about them together.

Why Use Landing Pages?

Unlike Filters, Landing Pages provide each organization with a page that houses their current and recent events, as well as a photo and a description — these allow each department to provide context about they types of events they host, as well as link to other useful departmental resources.

Additionally, the Follow button allows affiliated users to stay in-the-loop whenever their department hosts an event. Following a Landing Page will automatically add all the events assigned to the Place, Group, or Department to the user’s plans.

How Does This Affect Calendar Navigation?

Both Groups and Departments are rolled up into filterable directories, which users can access via the right side of their platform. These directories appear automatically along with the first landing page added to them, so as soon as you add your first Department, they will appear.

Because these directories can be filtered by the categories of your choice (via Group Types), they have the power to streamline visitors’ browsing experience without also cluttering up your homepage.

Should I Use Department or Group Pages?

Generally, our customers use opt to use Department Pages in order to distinguish between organization-sponsored organizations (like academic programs, and administrative groups) and community or student-sponsored clubs that might make more sense under the umbrella of “Groups.” Ultimately, the only difference between Group and Department Pages is their separate directories. As a result, you could easily just use the Groups tool to handle both.

If you would like to enable a separate directory for Department Pages on your platform, be sure to contact support@localist.com.

Other Options

Don’t feel like the titles Group and Departments describe your event hosts? If so, there’s still no reason to shy these powerful tools. Instead, contact support@localist.com to change the names of these either (or both) of these directories. For example, Boston College (which uses Groups for academic departments, campus centers, student groups, event series, and more), changed the name of their Groups directory to “Campus Calendars”.