In fall 2008, ALA will unveil a redesigned website, with a new look and easier navigation. The redesign is the culmination of two years of gathering information from focus groups, interviews, usability tests, surveys and other feedback loops. As we migrate our vast array of web pages this summer, please contact the ALA Library at firstname.lastname@example.org (or 800-545-2433 x2153) if you need assistance locating specific content or updates during our migration. We invite you to preview the site’s new look at www.ala.org/preview.
The statement above will appear on the *current* ALA website during the month of August. You will also note two other changes on the current website:
- * The graphic image â€“ the cube â€“ from the preview site is now appearing on the current ALA website.
- * Below that â€“ in the area where announcements have previously been posted â€“ are three news tabs:
- Inside ALA includes news from across the entire Association. This news section is dynamically updated from ALA press releases â€“ with the most recent news appearing at the top.
- Legislation & Advocacy includes news from the ALA Washington Office and ALA Office for Library Advocacy.
- U.S. & World Views includes a news feed from American Libraries.
The rest of the current ALA website will remain static during the month of August, giving ALA staff and volunteer content creators and managers an opportunity to make the transition to the new information architecture. If you visit the preview site during August, you will continue to see changes and updates as work moves forward.
Right after the Labor Day weekend, ALA will â€œflip the switchâ€ â€“ and turn on the new ALA website, along with an enhanced search feature. No, it wonâ€™t be 100% complete. There will still be a lot of work going on as we complete a significant redesign. During the next 30 days, however, staff and volunteers are focusing on getting the most-frequently accessed pages into the new architecture.
Thanks to the many volunteers who, along with staff, create and manage content on the ALA website. Thanks also to all of you who spent time responding to surveys and critiquing preliminary stages in the redesign.