One part of the IPRS work plan in 2010 included revising the design of the Databases & Research pages to better engage our customers with robust and seamless access to our online resources, in line with Goal V of our Strategic Plan.
Based on common threads in past surveys of staff, information requests from our online customers, evaluation of other library sites, and feedback from a communications and marketing consultant we created a list of what was working well and what needed improvement. We determined what areas involved other work groups and have worked with Web Services, Community Libraries, Children’s & Teen Services, and the Reference Services Committee to refine and update the design of our Databases & Research pages.
We have tried to simplify and clean up what is available by adding a graphic orientation to the landing page and then limiting the resources available on each subject page (with an expanded number of subjects) to the best 3-10 resources available online. We have tried to personalize and promote our librarians as information professionals by providing pictures and contact linkages to the librarians/libraries that are responsible for maintaining each subject page. We have edited each resource description to be concise and meaningful to our public customers.
Though the date may get pushed back to accommodate Polaris Transition priorities, we are currently hoping to go live with these pages on April 4th.
Please take a look at the SPEC pages: http://www.sno-isle.org/?ID=5640
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