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   Date: 10/6/10 Bookmark and Share

More Smith Web Sites Sporting a Fresh Look

Religion

Registrar

Facilities

Physics

Purchasing

Religious Life

Student Engagement

Central Services

Afro-American Studies

Astronomy

English Language & Literature

Exercise & Sport Studies

Government

Middle East Studies

Sociology

French

Mathematics and Statistics

Economics

East Asian Studies

Latin American Studies

Consistency, a unified presentation and use of the latest technology are some objectives behind the ongoing redesign of Web sites on the Smith College server.

More than 20 of the college’s departmental Web sites have undergone a redesign in the past year and a half (view the list at right). Still more are in the works.

Smith’s Web site consists of thousands of individual pages. Hundreds of those pages are under the auspices of the college’s academic departments and programs. The site is designed as a viewing brochure for prospective students.

Those students, as they’re considering what college to attend, typically begin their search online.

“It’s important to keep a consistent branding,” said Annie Cahill, Web development specialist in college relations, who is re-creating the sites, “so that when a prospective student browses the Smith College site, all the pages will have a unified look and feel.”

Cahill’s re-created Web sites emphasize a fresh look, as well as flexibility for simple updating. She works closely with faculty and staff members to adhere to their preferences and objectives in designing departmental sites.

Common features of the redesigned sites include a carousel of rotating images on the front page and potential interfaces to popular online resources, such as social networking sites and other useful links within the college.

Importantly, Cahill’s designs are created to facilitate easy updating and management by various college personnel in respective departments. “Our new design is more user-friendly,” she said, “and because we’ve designed it, we are always available to help out or make changes for departments.”

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