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Free Resources: The Redesigned International Children's Digital Library Web Site

Posted Oct 28, 2005
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The Web site for the International Children's Digital Library (ICDL), a project of the University of Maryland funded by the National Science Foundation and the Institute for Museum and Library Services, at has undergone a total redesign and is now sporting a fresh, new look, according to a University of Maryland announcement. In addition to a new logo and color scheme, viewers will find informative updates and enhanced functionality. The new ICDL design is based on feedback from its volunteer ambassadors, advisors, and local community members, as well as research with the College Park (Maryland) KidsTeam.

Users who choose to join the ICDL Library can also take advantage of new member features. By signing up for a my ICDL Account, users can select language preferences and customize their personal bookshelves. The bookshelf feature allows registered users to save all their personal favorite ICDL books in one place. This provides a great way for teachers to create classroom profiles and select specific books for their classroom bookshelves that they want their students to read. Books saved on a personal bookshelf also have virtual bookmarks. The bookshelf remembers the last page a user read in each book on the shelf. Kids (and adults) can further customize their accounts with fun themes based on monsters that guard their bookshelves!

In addition, a full archive of past announcements has been compiled to reflect the ICDL's history and progress. Users can look back at how the ICDL has grown and evolved with news about project research, collection development efforts, and technology advancements.

The ICDL has more than 800 books in its collection, representing 43 countries and 32 languages. More than 500,000 unique visitors from 158 countries have accessed the ICDL to learn more about the project and view books in the collection. Looking ahead to the third anniversary of the International Children's Digital Library, the ICDL Research Team hopes that users will find the new Web site accessible and easy to navigate in order to continue serving its diverse audience of children and adults around the world.

Source: ICDL/University of Maryland,

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