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January 11, 2011 [posted]

NLM® Releases New Design and Organization for its Main Web Site

On January 11, 2011, the National Library of Medicine® (NLM) released a new design and organization for its main Web site. The NLM homepage ( has an entirely new design, focused on users' top tasks (see Figure 1). We identified these top tasks with an analysis of Web page usage statistics, customer satisfaction survey data, search engine logs, and customer e-mails.

Major goals for this design were improved usability and a modernized appearance throughout the site. To accomplish this, we:

Additional highlights include:

NLM published its first Web site in October of 1993. It was one of the first U.S. federal Web sites. We released new looks for the site in 1996, 1999, and 2004. We encourage you to explore this most recent improvement and welcome your feedback via the Contact NLM link at the top of each page.

By Jennifer R. Heiland-Luedtke
Reference and Web Services Section (RWS)

Heiland-Luedtke JR. NLM® Releases New Design and Organization for its Main Web Site. NLM® Tech Bull. 2011 Jan-Feb;(378):e2.

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