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Home page redesign

We have made a few changes to the site in the past week.  This has mainly been prompted by the minor delay with CONTENTdm 6 – the next iteration of the software we use for the archive.

Behind the scenes the server has been switched from Windows to Linux which we think has improved performance quite significantly.  At the front we have made small changes to the colours, font sizes and page widths but the most obvious change is the new homepage.  We hope that the new page highlights what collections are available and gives users of the site a better indication of what the archive contains right at the outset.

It also changes the emphasis from searching to browsing which at present seems the most useful way to investigate MLDA.

Participants needed for user testing of a local history website and archive

Remuneration by £10 book token.

The My Leicestershire Digital Archive is a free and fully searchable online repository of photographs, films, sound recordings, and books about the history of Leicester and Leicestershire.

It is available at : http://myleicestershire.org.uk/

We are looking for around 10 people willing to spend up to an hour of their time testing the site with us.  What we will be asking you to do is explore the site and complete some pre-arranged tasks, whilst talking to us about what you find intuitive, what you would expect to be able to do, what you don’t like, etc.

The project team staff will make a note of what you say and this will be used as part of the project evaluation and to improve the site either with small immediate changes or when it is redesigned in the summer.

For more information or to register interest please contact Ed Kirkland at mlda@le.ac.uk or 0116 229 7399.