The University Record, July 1, 2002

Internet Public Library gets new look

By Sue Davidsen
School of Information

The Internet Public Library (IPL) has unveiled a new design for its Web site. Launched in 1995, the IPL, www.ipl.org, is an all-digital public library that provides library resources and services to over 1.5 million Internet surfers from around the world each month.

The new site was created to provide site visitors with easier navigation, enhanced searching capabilities, and updated graphics.

New features being offered include: search tools with a “Search This Site” function, navigational menus with a “You Are Here” and sidebar menu, and a consistent layout and graphical design that extends over the whole site, including the youth areas KidSpace and TeenSpace.

IPL visitors can continue to browse online newspapers, magazines or books, find authoritative Web sites on a particular subject or use the “Ask a Question” service to get help with their research. Some individual resources have been renamed, making them more accessible to visitors.

The new site design was an in-house creation of the Internet Public Library staff and students, including Michael McClennen, head of Information Systems; David Carter, former IPL director; and student interface designers, John Northup, Christopher Hamilton, Erica Olsen and Kara Lock.

The IPL is an educational initiative of the School of Information and is staffed by professional librarians with assistance from students and volunteer librarians from around the world.