If you’ve visited the Scottish Poetry Library’s website lately, you’ll have noticed a fresh look. At the end of last week, we quietly introduced our new website after a year of working on an extensive redesign. The old site was showing its age; six years after launching the previous website, people are increasingly surfing the net using their phones, and the original site hadn’t been designed with that in mind.
The process was fascinating. We began by bringing on board Eskimo, the Edinburgh-based design consultancy who’d worked on our original website; it continued with the staff and other interested parties taking part in focus groups that helped us to refine our outcomes for the new site. We were keen to emphasise that the new site should prioritise accessibility and usability. And, so, after a year of work, led by our librarian Rebecca Oliva, we are delighted to unveil our new site. It’s a happy moment for us to finally get it out there for you to explore.
The website’s signature colours are yellow and black now, but old favourites remain on the site, only better organised to aid navigation.The events calendar, for example, actually looks like a calendar. Talking of events, you can buy tickets directly from our website, instead of, as before, having to leave the site to buy tickets from Eventbrite. The poetry tags are more streamlined, with the result it’s easier to find what you’re looking for. Looking for products, likewise, is easier too. Our podcasts are still there as is our downloadable poetry poster section.
If you are a member of our Friends of the SPL scheme, the new website is of particular benefit. One of its features is a personalised log-in for Friends. Once logged in, you can update your details, renew your membership or just enjoy browsing the best of Scottish poetry. The website will also automatically deduct your ten percent from our online shop.
A big thank you to Creative Scotland for the funding that enabled us to implement this project.
Please explore and let us know what you think. You’ll find the home page at www.scottishpoetrylibrary.org.uk. We’d love your comments and feedback, as the work is ongoing and we’d like to take your online experiences into account as we continue to develop the site. We’re still ironing out one or two technical things, so if you notice anything odd, do let us know.