The National Library of Scotland has beaten international competition to claim a major award for its website. The NLS site (www.nls.uk) saw off the the US Library of Congress and the US Postal Service and among others to be named best government website of 2006 by the Web Marketing Association (WMA).
NLS scored 30% above the industry average across all of the assessed criteria, and the WMA judges said: 'We applaud this site on its outstanding efforts to make it accessible and usable. It's a great resource and information site. If only all sites were this easy to judge.'
NLS has redesigned all of its main web pages to meet the 'AA' international standards for accessibility, and this means that it is at the top of the best performing international public sector websites. Its efforts have been rewarded as average monthly user sessions have increased from around 100,000 in 2004 to nearly 300,000 in 2006.
As well as the online catalogue, news and events pages and information on NLS collections, the website also showcases the Library's digitised materials, which include maps, manuscripts, photographs and the works of notable literary figures such as Muriel Spark, Robert Burns and Robert Louis Stevenson.
NLS Digital Library Manager Simon Bains said: 'We are absolutely delighted to see all the hard work that's been done by our web team receive this sort of recognition, coming ahead of many recognised industry leaders in the sector.'
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16 January 2007