June 4, 2004  




SPIRES Website Has a New Look

By Kimberly Sutton

The SPIRES website has a new crisp, clean look. After brainstorming, reviewing other sites, poring over Web statistics and considering vast quantities of user comments, Library staff members Ann Redfield, Kim Sutton and Travis Brooks came up with a basic sketch. At this point, a real designer was needed, so Chip Dalby from SciArts Media was brought on board. He created the very appealing design, color scheme and logo. Over 100 SPIRES Web pages had to be revamped and the content reviewed.

The team (l to r): Chip Dalby, Kim Sutton, Ann Redfield and Travis Brooks (all TIS). (Photo by Diana Rogers)

The SPIRES site is the single most used Web resource at SLAC, usually accounting for 15-20 percent of the SLAC Web traffic. The last design changes took place in the late 1990’s, eons ago in Internet time. This database, maintained by the SLAC Library staff for the last 30 years, made its on-line debut in 1991 as the first website in the United States. From its inception the HEP Literature and related databases have been extraordinarily useful to the high energy physics community. In March, there were over one million SPIRES searches, most of them coming from physicists at other institutions around the world.

The process of making sure everything is consistent with the new look is ongoing. You may still find a few ‘old-look’ pages in the site. Contact the SPIRES team at library@slac.stanford.edu with questions or comments.

For more information, see www.slac.stanford.edu/spires/about/


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Last update Thursday June 03, 2004 by Emily Ball