site redesign

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By Gina Persichini, networking consultant

Over the past couple of years, the resources available through have grown. We have seen the addition of tools like LearningExpress Library, Scout,, guides for digital literacy, and more. All the activity has resulted in an increased number of visitors to the LiLI Portal.

Feedback from users both inside and outside of the library community indicates a need to improve the interface at While all those tools are great for meeting the needs of Idahoans, we are challenged to keep it easy to navigate—especially for new users.

This year the Idaho Commission for Libraries will introduce significant improvements to New features will include resources linked to targeted groups of users, quick access to the most popular tools, and a return of subject guides to help steer users to resources pertinent to the topic of their research. Plus, new users will have the option of letting LiLI, our helpful avatar and spokesperson, guide them to resources using an online wizard right on the site.

You can expect to see a preview of the site in the next couple of months, most changes introduced in July, with a target of full implementation before the 2013-14 school year begins. Questions about the upcoming changes should be directed to

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