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Case study: Development of web portals

At the National Library of Education

The need: Staying current on state education developments

In a meeting with a newly created Department of Education office, the LAC Group team learned that staff lacked quick access to pending legislation, local news and other state-level information, which was too time-consuming to search on a case-by-case basis.

The audience: Education policymakers, analysts and researchers

The Department of Education includes policymakers, analysts and researchers who must monitor the latest educational news and developments from each state in order to coordinate programs and initiatives.

The solution: Design and development of self-serve portals

NLE leadership and LAC librarians proposed the development of 52 web portals – one for each state plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico – and built a prototype site for review and testing. Collaborating with Department staff, the librarians identified and developed content for the sites, incorporating news feeds, dynamic searches of peer-reviewed literature, links to local teachers’ unions and information about use of Common Core standards.