Annual Report (2004)
Submitted By: Nedda H. Ahmed
ARLIS/NA Web Site Editor
Aside from the usual post-conference
maintenance, the bulk of the work for this position has been dealing with,
planning for, and implementing the re-design of the entire ARLIS/NA Web
Site. During the spring and summer,
an AWS Task Force set to work drafting a Request for Proposal which could be
sent out to web design firms. Two firms, Q Limited and Ion, were contacted and
asked to provide a rough outline of how they envisioned the new AWS. After deliberation, the Task Force
selected the design of Q Limited.
During the summer, ARLIS/NA members
were asked to share their opinions regarding the aesthetics and functionality of
the current AWS. They were also asked to provide input on how the site could be
improved and what features they wanted to see in the new site. This research phase was a major portion
of the work carried out by Q Limited, and all the data was considered in
designing the information architecture for the new site.
AWS New Site Highlights:
Roll-out of the new site is planned
for early March, 2005. Derek
Crosley, webmaster, will be instrumental in the technical aspects of mounting
and troubleshooting the new site.
Looking ahead, once the major technical issues have been resolved, most of the work on the site will consist of re-coding older pages to the new template and creating new content to “flesh out” the new web site. The 2 new editorial positions will be a great help in this respect. Other documents will also need attention, such as the Policy Manual, but the entity responsible for editing these items is not clear at this time.