Since moving to WebFeat Express model we have had the ability to see how much use the the Kids WebFeat was getting. Unfortunate, usage was very low. After talking with a number of YPL staff and Tina in WOW we came to the following conclusions:
- Teens were not using this site – they go directly to the adults WebFeat page. The site is not appealing to them.
- Younger students in elementary school were too overwhelmed with the site. The number of databases and subject area choices are just too much for them.
So we decide to focus on just elementary school students. By reducing the number of databases to just the databases for this age group it would limit the number of databases. Also by removing our teen audience subjects it makes it less overwhelming. Taking Tina’s database suggestions we came up with a very basic list of databases, easy for elementary age children to use.
Today we have launched the changes. We hope the changes to this search tool will help elementary school students find information easier. Please take a look and feedback is always welcome. If you feel strongly about providing a database not listed let us know as we can easily make changes.