RLG Archival Resources Redesign for ArchiveGrid
Starting in 2004 RLG began redesigning the RLG Archival Resources database, to make it more useful for researchers working with primary source materials. The RLG Archival Resources Usability Advisory Group was formed to:
- Advise on design principles to make sure we met user needs.
- Advise on functional specifications, service identity (name), content, and usability.
- Help test design principles and usability with researchers at the faculty/graduate student level (using a discussion guide and wireframes supplied by RLG). These small sample studies suggested some design principles and preliminary functional specifications.
The result, ArchiveGrid SM , launched in March 2006. For more information, see the ArchiveGrid product site.
The group, formed by invitation, included people with experience evaluating user behavior and designing useful systems for archival resources: Eli Brown, Cornell University; Ellen Cordes, Beinecke Library, Yale University; Mark Dimunation, Library of Congress; Wendy Duff, University of Toronto; Rick Pifer, Wisconsin Historical Society; Chris Prom, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champagne; Bill Stockting, The National Archives (UK).
RLG staff liaisons: Anne Van Camp, manager of member initiatives; and Merrilee Proffitt, program officer.