The International Children's Digital Library Launches Redesigned Web Site
October 26, 2005
College Park, MD
For immediate release
The Web site for the International Children’s Digital Library (ICDL) at www.childrenslibrary.org has undergone a total redesign and is now sporting a fresh, new look! At almost three years old, the ICDL had outgrown its old look and was ready for a complete makeover, but the changes made are more than just cosmetic. In addition to a bold new logo and attractive color scheme, viewers will find informative updates and enhanced functionality.
The new ICDL design is based on feedback from our volunteer ambassadors, advisors, and local community members, as well as research with our College Park Kidsteam.
It is now easier than ever to get involved with the ICDL as an ambassador to help introduce the ICDL to people all around the world, or as a translator to help make the Web site more accessible to a multi-language audience. Thanks to volunteers at the Semiotic Engineering Research Lab in Brazil, the Web interface is now available in Portuguese, bringing the count to ten interface languages, including Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Filipino/Tagalog, German, Hebrew, Persian/Farsi, and Spanish.
Users who choose to join the ICDL Library can also take advantage of new member features. By signing up for a myICDL Account, users can not only select language preferences, they can now customize their personal bookshelves. The bookshelf feature allows registered users to save all their personal favorite ICDL books in one place. This provides a great way for teachers to create classroom profiles and select specific books for their classroom bookshelves that they want their students to read. Books saved on a personal bookshelf also have virtual bookmarks. The bookshelf remembers the last page a user read in each book on the shelf. Kids (and adults) can further customize their accounts with fun themes based on monsters that guard their bookshelves!
In addition, a full archive of past announcements has been compiled to reflect the ICDL's history and progress. Users can look back at how the ICDL has grown and evolved with news about our project research, collection development efforts, and technology advancements.
With more than 800 books in the collection, representing 43 countries and 32 languages, the ICDL has attracted large audiences young and old worldwide. More than 500,000 unique visitors from 158 countries have accessed the ICDL to learn more about the project and view books in the collection. Looking ahead to the third anniversary of the International Children’s Digital Library, the ICDL Research Team hopes that users will find the new Web site accessible and easy to navigate in order to continue serving our diverse audience of children and adults around the world.
- Mary Ramos, ICDL Press Coordinator, 301/405-4197 (tel), 301/314-9145 (fax)
- Questions and comments may also be sent using our contact form.