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NAL's New Website Streamlines Access

The National Agricultural Library (NAL) has unveiled a new, streamlined website to provide customers with a simplified and more user-friendly experience. The website redesign brings NAL in line with the “One USDA” look and feel, and its fresh organization demonstrates NAL’s commitment to making it easier for our customers to find the agricultural information they need.

That commitment is immediately apparent on the new home page, which brings the most-requested items front-and-center.

Drop-down menus at the top of the page give easy, direct access to the most-used information, whether that’s help with specific topics in agriculture or details about the library and its services.

The prominent search box makes finding something in NAL’s collections just a quick step away, with options to search for articles or books right from the home page. And just below that is a link to NAL’s Digital Collections: delivering ready access to full-text digital materials, including peer-reviewed scholarly articles authored by USDA scientists.

Then, in the heart of the page, we’ve highlighted the most popular topics and the must-have destinations for USDA employees.

The balance of the page presents programs, services, initiatives, and events we know you’ll find of interest, from the notable happenings in the revolving slideshow to the features area “below the fold.”

The rest of the website is simpler to navigate, delivers more selective content, and conveys its message in plain language, making the information easy to understand and to act upon.

The new website is just one phase of our service-improvement efforts. Future efforts will focus on NAL’s specialized information centers and the range of information they provide via the Web.

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