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Artemis Consulting Develops The National Library Service’s New Website

16 October 2017

The National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) at the Library of Congress recently rolled out an updated website at https://www.loc.gov/nls.   Several years ago, Artemis Consulting was awarded a multi-year contract to provide direct development support, in which they leveraged existing library technologies and methodologies, to build a fully accessible content management system-based website.  

NLS had several important reasons for updating the website, including the desire to attract younger visitors and others who are trying to reach NLS on mobile devices, as well as to maximize usability for those with low vision by updating the site with contrast tools and font-size adjustments.

Given the NLS mission to serve individuals who are blind, have reduced vision, and have other physical disabilities that prevent them from reading regular print, accessibility was the most important factor for the public-facing website. The updated NLS website is constructed to provide NLS’ customers with an easy-to-navigate online experience.  The site provides important information about NLS’ services in a more visually accessible and appealing manner than the previous site.  One key feature of the revised site is that the WordPress administration modules are also developed on a platform that is accessible for those playing an administrative role.  

In addition, the modernized site now meets WCAG 2.0 specifications, a rigorous international standard requiring websites be built to higher accessibility specifications to support the access needs of a growing population of reduced-vision individuals.  Websites for all federal agencies have been mandated to be built to these specifications as of January 18, 2017.  The U.S. Access Board published a final rule updating accessibility requirements for information and communication technology (ICT) covered by Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act and Section 255 of the Communications Act.  

About Artemis Consulting, Inc.

Artemis Consulting, an Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Company, is a Washington D.C. metro area-based IT Services and Management Consulting firm, specializing in software development and IT Services. It provides a full range of IT services for commercial and Federal organizations to build scalable and resilient IT infrastructure either on premise or in the cloud.  Artemis Consulting has deep expertise in a variety of Information Technology services, ranging from Portal development to complex web applications to Content Management Systems or DevOps Management. Artemis Consulting is on a variety of Government GWACs and IDIQ contracts, such as the $200 million five-year Library of Congress SDLC Services IDIQ and the five-year U.S. Senate SharePoint Support Services IDIQ. Their website artemisconsultinginc.com provides details on the areas Artemis Consulting can help new clients, and the ways in which companies and government organizations can engage Artemis' experience and talent for innovative and cost-efficient solutions.