The original AHO web site was created in 1997 by Laura O'Hara with assistance from Olga Heifets and Jean Deken. Rich Dominiak developed the interfaces to the SPIRES databases. The site consisted of a suite of pages grouped into resources, policies and procedures, and historical information. The “Resources” portion of the web site allowed access to the PHOTOINDEX database and to a database glossary of SLAC-related vocabulary and acronyms maintained by the Archives called “SLACspeak.” The “Policies and Procedures” pages provided guidance to SLAC records liaisons and to researchers wishing to use our collections. The “Historical Information” portion of the site provided highlights and milestones of SLAC history, information about the Nobel Prizes won for research completed at SLAC, and responses to a series of SLAC history-related “frequently asked questions.”
Like most web sites, we continued to add pages and sections until it was necessary for a site redesign in 2000. The redesign strengthened the identity of the AHO site and improved the navigation and structure of the site. The redesign was done by Laura O'Hara.
Again, we continued to add content and interfaces to the site. The major contributors have been Jean Deken with added content, particularly project information and digital resources, and Mike Sullivan with the interfaces to our remaining SPIRES databases, finally providing web access to databases for which we had saved space since the initial web site.
In 2004, it was time to start another renovation of the site. Interns Sarah Wilson and Reina Nagai provided assistance in the planning of the new site. During the planning phase, SLAC was reorganized and AHO became part of the Operations Directorate. The web site renovation was put on hold while the transition occurred. During the transition, it was decided that standards and templates would be developed for web sites within Ops. Ruth McDunn, SLAC Web Information Manager, created a new look and feel for the Archives and History. That is the site you see here today. We continue to add to it.
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