Homeland Security Digital Library Website Features ‘Simpler, Cleaner’ Look

After about seven years, the Homeland Security Digital Library has undergone an upgrade ranging from an improved appearance to more efficient functions.

The result, according to Center for Homeland Defense and Security Chief Technology Officer Jodi Stiles, is a “simpler, cleaner site focused on making it easier to find resources,” while longtime Naval Postgraduate School librarian Greta Marlatt said the new site “has a clean and refreshing look and is easy to navigate, adding “the results are cleaner and easier to read and the ability to refine the results is much clearer,” and veteran HSDL librarian Sally Chapman said the upgraded site offers a “new experience” for users by providing a “clean” view of the HSDL’s many features, adding that “navigating the website is a breeze.” 

The nation’s premier collection of documents related to homeland security policy, strategy and organizational management at the Naval Postgraduate School Center for Homeland Defense and Security includes more than 250,000 resources and is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s National Preparedness Directorate, FEMA, and NPS/CHDS. 

In addition to an upgraded appearance, the most obvious changes to the HSDL site include: 

  • An improved ability to refine search results on a particular topic including by keyword, resource type, subjects/topics, publisher, and more.
  • Ability to resubscribe to New Content Alerts. When a user searches the HSDL site, they can save their search criteria, and every Friday we check the digital document collection and automatically email users a list of any new resources that have been added that match past searches. Stiles said it’s a “great way to make sure (users) don’t miss any new items of interest.”
  • Consolidation of various HSDL resources into a comprehensive In Focus section, which highlights lists in the digital collection that are highly relevant to current events or foundational topics. Hand-selected and vetted by the HSDL content team, the lists range from those that take a broad, in-depth look at the historical and contemporary analysis of a topic to others that target only the most recent that support or contextualize events affecting our nation today. 

The new site is the culmination of efforts by a team of web designers, librarians, library analysts, and users aimed at developing an improved user experience. 

The HSDL is available on computer, tablet, and other mobile devices.

Those who contributed to the HSDL project include:

Technical Design Team

  • Chris Breuner
  • Eric Hinote
  • Greg Jennings
  • Jeff Ottinger
  • Jodi Stiles
  • Chris Tolley

Library Team

  • Sally Chapman
  • Whitney Chavez
  • Erin Dauphinais-Soos
  • Roberta Freeman
  • Courtney Hawley
  • Jenna Hillhouse
  • Greta Marlatt
  • Lindsey Mastrangelo
  • Vincent Milano
  • John Oh
  • Jodi Stiles
  • Donna Trachier
  • Victoria VanDerZiel-Fultz


  • Will McCarty

INQUIRIES: Heather Hollingsworth Issvoran, Communications and Recruitment | hissvora@nps.edu, 831-402-4672 (PST)

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