Te Puna - National Library of New Zealand

Size: 30 pages, some within a password-protected section of the site

Government status: Government Agency

My professional status: contractor at CWA New Media

Website client: National Library of New Zealand

Dates: March - July 1999

Categories: Project manager, IA & UX, Website designer, Front-end developer, Content-loader, Old-school table layout, Database-driven (pre-CMS), Government websites, Small sites

Brief: to design and build a user-friendly gateway into the Library's Te Puna search databases, used by librarians across the country. Some design elements (headers and buttons) had already been completed when I took over the site.

My responsibilities included:

  • Development of initial design prototype
  • Building site (navigation, architecture, graphics, HTML)
  • Liaison with programmers in order to dovetail the pages between the National Library's website and the databases themselves
  • Building password-protected functionality into the website - as some parts of the site were password-only access, others were open to all
  • Ongoing consultation with clients.

The National Library representation consisted of people from a number of different departments. My job included facilitating the information flow between these individuals, keeping them all happy, and ensuring that their different needs were met, as well as advising them on the best ways of achieving their aims.

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