SPIRES Website Has a New Look
By Kimberly Sutton
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
firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or comments.
For more information, see