Today, we are pleased to present the completely redesigned IBR website. The product of over twelve months of work, it’s been designed to be friendlier to first time visitors and easier to use for longtime members. We also hope that it captures something of the vibrant community our members know and love. The whole website is built on a new backend that should make updates easier and more regular and it should work well on any screen size.
As part of this process, we also created a brand new IBR brand and have launched new social media accounts on Facebook and Twitter. We hope these improve our communication with members and do a better job of reaching students and prospective members. Be sure to follow us for the latest updates on our annual meeting, member benefits, and IBR publications.
So, what’s new?
To highlight a few of the new website features, Research Groups have been reorganized so that it’s easier than ever to see a group’s development year-over-year. Since we have more groups than ever, we’ve also categorized them to make it easier to find the group right for you. Conveners will be happy to know that they are now able to update their own page details and upload papers right from the website. This should significantly streamline our process and create greater consistency across groups.
Membership can still be applied for, renewed, and adjusted online and we have also added an option to auto-renew your membership. We hope this reduces accidental lapses while giving you one less date to keep track of. As before, publisher discount codes are available to active members once you log in. The Membership Details page provides invoices and allows for updating your profile, password, and other features.
We have also revamped our job board, making it easier to find and post a job. New search filters allow you to look for specific job types and you can even subscribe to the results with the RSS feed.
Our IBR initiatives for women, ethnic minorities, and students have been expanded with their own, dedicated pages. IBR Women also has a private Facebook group and IBR Students can now be found on Facebook and Twitter.
As with any new website there are sure to be kinks to work out and bugs to squash. If you have any trouble, please don’t hesitate to let us know. We also want to say a special thank you to Eddie Smith for his tireless programming work and to Vitality Prokopets for the wonderful photography.
We hope the new website is a helpful tool as we work together in service of Christ.