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portal, or home page, of the Children’s intranet
he face of Children’s intranet is changing—but don’t
worry, staff and employees will still be able to find all the internal
Web pages they use to do their jobs.
The new portal, or home page, of the Children’s intranet (right)
was designed to reduce visual clutter, better organize information
and give users the ability to customize the site’s appearance.
A link to the new page will be placed on the current home page on
May 5, and staff and employees are encouraged to try it out and
provide feedback to the Web Team. The new page will become the default
home page in June, although the old site will still be available.
The most noticeable change in the design is the organization of
links into windows that can be expanded and collapsed. An even more
significant difference, however, is a new feature that allows individual
users to customize the page to their personal preferences. For example,
employees can remove links they will never use and move the ones
they use frequently to the top of the page for easy access.
The overhaul of the portal was engineered by Danny
Shaw, chief knowledge officer, after a year of planning by
a cross-disciplinary committee co-chaired by Shaw and Michelle
Davis, vice president of Public Affairs. “Over the
years the intranet has grown exponentially. This new site will help
organize all the information that has been added over the years,”
A future round of improvements will aim to improve the content of
Children’s internal Web pages, and to provide departments
with tools to manage their own content.