Congregational Library and Archives

I worked with the guardians of the nation's oldest collection of Congregational history to rearchitect a collection of resources years in the making and make it easier for researchers to find what they need.

The Congregational Library and Archives hosts the nation's oldest collection of Congregational Christian history. Their website, built on Drupal 6 and built in 2005, was home to a vast collection of resources, many of which were hidden among dozens of outdated pages and hidden links. I worked with them to:

  • Put together a custom team to develop an entirely new site in Drupal 7;
  • Reorganize years' worth of collected resources into a hierarchy that reflected the current needs of the organization and their members;
  • Establish a set of early personas to guide the development and design process.
Contributions to Project: 
  • Early persona sketches for the various user types visiting the site;
  • Information Architecture workshop that involved the entire client team;
  • Oversaw migration of content into Drupal 7, and did early Drupal development and theming;
  • Organization of content refinements and creation using GatherContent (https://gathercontent.com/) and the staging site;
  • Initial visual design layouts.
Team Members: 
Benjamin Melançon, developer
Stefan Freudenberg, developer
Robin Duckworth, technical assistant, Congregational Library
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Client: Congregational Library and Archives, Boston MA

What they Do: Nation's oldest collection of Congregational historical archives

UX and UI Design