This site, the online toolkit for NNLM’s Emergency Preparedness & Response Plan (EP&RP), is undergoing some changes! While our purpose remains to provide information about emergency preparedness and response in support of the national NNLM project, the site has evolved to be more than just a toolkit over the course of its three-year lifespan. In addition to containing tools to be used for creating disaster plans and becoming better prepared for emergencies, the site provides updates about current emergency situations and highlights new resources that can be incorporated into the planning process.
We are making some substantial changes to appearance and design of the site, hoping to improve the user experience. These changes are based on feedback received as a result of a usability study, spearheaded by NNLM’s Web-STOC team and conducted by Concord Evaluation Group earlier this year. In fact, some of you may have participated in focus groups or the usability testing, and we thank you.
The two of us who maintain the toolkit are working with the Web-STOC team on the renovation of the toolkit, so please keep an eye on this address and let us know what you think. Here are some notable changes:
- Twitter has been incorporated
- “Categories” to enable searching posts by tags are now available in a drop-down box in the left side menu
- the Search Blog button is now top left (searches only posts, not other content)
- “Pages” have been nested, decreasing the number visible on the top menu bar; the list is expanded in the left menu bar, just under the Search Blog box
- “Core Related Resources” have been re-titled “External Links,” to clarify for users that they will be accessing resources not owned or controlled by NNLM
- NNLM regional EP web sites are now on the left and higher on the “page”
Things to watch for:
- the title may be changed to reflect the new design and expanded purpose (the URL will remain the same)
- pages and other links may be re-labelled in order to clarify content and improve accessibility
- a Frequently Asked Questions (and Answers) page with lots of help on how to use the site, how to get help, etc.
We hope this process will result in a product that makes it easier for libraries, institutions or business to be aware of the culture of preparedness, and to create emergency preparedness and response plans that will help them stay safe and recover quickly when disaster strikes. As always, please let us know about your experiences with the site; questions and comments are always welcome.