Hi Teresa! The Ning sites are sooo easy...and functional! You could use a text box to link back to Jim's site. They also have RSS capabilities so that you could have a blog post automatically populate back to your Ning. We do the same thing with Delicious bookmarks! My suggestion is to look around on other Ning sites to see what they're doing...then just start trying it out!
I'm hoping to be able to drop by the IC workshop next week. Have your director shoot me a message and I'll definitely try to connect with her to share some ideas in person!