ALA’s Plans for Web Site Improvements

American Library Association (ALA) members and staff who met in a Web planning retreat in mid-December have developed a staged plan for creating the next generation ALA Web site. Retreat participants reviewed the results of the ALA usability assessment, based on feedback from about 1,200 people who responded to an online survey and participated in the usability study.

The first round of changes will begin in the first quarter of 2007 and will tackle areas identified as high-priority in the usability assessment and by participants at the retreat:

* Pull together blogs, wikis, RSS feeds, podcasts and discussion lists into a new “Read Write Connect” page;

* Add committee volunteer information to create a “get involved” page

* Pull together and increase the visibility of information on library education and careers

* Pull together and increase the visibility of “frequently asked questions” pages developed by the ALA Library in response to member requests

See full press release for more details.

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