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Toronto Public Library
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Devlin designed and built numerous microsites for the Toronto Public Library starting in 2004 and continuing for five years. These sites included information portals, virtual reference libraries, collections of digital images, Canadian theatre records and historicity sites.
In re-building the virtual reference libraries, Devlin made ground-breaking advances in functionality, usability and search capabilities. A new data model and web-based content management system were set-up and customized for the specific needs of librarian-selectors. BEA WebLogic Portal was used to speed development and allow developers to reorganize parts of the interface. All portlets were built with JSP and JSTL, using Java beans to access the VRL data stores in an oracle 9.2 database.
Information portals for online communities enable discussion groups. In addition, distinctive interface elements were created for historical and digital collections to help users differentiate between collections and navigate within the unique contents of the image repositories.