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Request for Quotes: Senior Health Portal

Request for Quotes: Senior Health Portal

Posted September 02, 2010 B By Dianne Hall

The East Brunswick Public Library is applying for grant funds to develop a separate section of the library’s website as a “senior friendly” guide to Internet health resources.


Request for Quotes
Website Design and Development for an East Brunswick Public Library
Senior Health Portal
The East Brunswick Public Library is applying for grant funds to develop a separate section of the library’s website as a “senior friendly” guide to Internet health resources.    Library staff will provide all written content.
·         Create an easy to use, visually appealing site that loads quickly on when viewed using Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Chrome.   It should also be accessible and legible via mobile smartphone devices  such as iPad, iPhone, Blackberry and devices with Android operating system. 
·         Provide all graphics used in the website
·         Provide an easy to use, easy to maintain web-based content management system (CMS) that will allow library staff to update without directly accessing the source code.     The CMS cannot be Drupal or Joomla. 
·         Follow guidelines in the National Institute on Aging’s Making Your Website Senior Friendly (, especially these:
o    Include a lot of white space; uncluttered ; clear; short sections
o    Standard page designs so that each page looks the same, including the same set of navigation buttons in the same place on each page.
o    Left justification (** optimal for older adults)
o    Simple navigation:   No drop-down menus or scrolling
o    Single mouse clicks
o    Visible option to change text size and contrast.
o    Arial – Boldface – 14 point type is preferred
o    Large navigation button on the bottom of each screen
·         Provide a speech to text read aloud function similar to the one on this website:
·         Include Google’s site search that is free to nonprofits (
·         Include a site map
·         Include a privacy statement
·         Include contact information and a link to the library’s health request form on every page
·         Include text-relevant photographs to enhance each page. Photographs should reflect the diversity of the community and also should be older people.
·         Redesign “Just for the Health of It” logo into banner design for the header of each page.

Possible Navigation for Health Website
Clinical Trials
Compare Nursing Homes and Long Term Care Facilities
Nursing Homes
Long Term Care
Diseases, Conditions and Treatments
librarian recommended Databases
Doctors and Hospitals
Find a Doctor
Drugs and Supplements
End of Life Issues:
Advanced Directives
Hospice Care
Health Insurance:
Health Insurance Providers
Local Updates
East Brunswick
Middlesex County
Medical Tests
Multiple Languages
Senior Housing
Assisted Living
55+ housing
Staying Healthy:
Hazardous Household Products
Support Networks

·         If the grant funds are awarded, this project will commence in mid October 2010
·         A draft version of the website with all graphics, speech to text functionality, CMS and library provided content must be delivered by January 31, 2011.   
·         The final website with all revisions requested by library staff must be delivered by March 31, 2011.
Request for Quotes
·         Include a description of your proposal that explains how you will meet the website requirements listed above and your ability to meet the required timeline.   
·         Price quote must list all design and development costs, including costs for graphics, CMS, and speech to text functionality.  
·         Quotes must be received by 4 PM on September 13, 2010.