FARMS has redesigned its Web site in an attempt to better serve its members and visitors to the site. New graphics and navigational features make it easier to find, access, and view information. A considerable amount of new content has been added.
The site has a new address: farms.byu.edu ("www" is not needed), though the old address (www.farmsresearch.com) will still work. The new "byu.edu" address reflects the recently formalized affiliation of FARMS with BYU, and it signals the reliability and integrity of content associated with university Web sites.
The newly designed site has three divisions: Free Services, FARMS Member Services, and Catalog.
The content found in the Free Services section, available to every visitor to the site, includes the following items:
Featured Article. An article will be featured here for reading online or printing. Some articles originally prepared as spoken addresses will also be available for viewing online in video format. The current article is Daniel C. Peterson's "A Scholar Examines Evidences for the Book of Mormon." New articles will appear regularly.
Events Calendar. News about upcoming events.
Insights Newsletter. Selected articles from a recent issue of the FARMS newsletter.
Journal of Book of Mormon Studies. Sample articles from a recent issue.
Nibley Corner. Contains a list of the collected works of Hugh Nibley, a table of contents for each volume in the series, and several articles from that series and from Nibley's other papers that can be read online or printed.
Digital Library. Features a sample item from the full offerings found under FARMS Member Services.
Q and A. Answers questions about the Book of Mormon and other ancient scripture.
Suggested Readings. Recommends titles from FARMS and other publishers.
International Services. Contains FARMS papers translated into non-English languages for reading online or printing.
Bookstore List. Lists stores that carry FARMS materials (most of these stores offer discounts to FARMS members).
Featured Papers, Transcripts, and Preliminary Reports. Contains several short FARMS items that can be read online or printed.
About FARMS. Offers several short articles about the history, mission, and activities of the Foundation.
Contact FARMS. A shortcut to sending e-mail to FARMS.
How Can I Help? Ways to contribute to FARMS research and publications.
FARMS Member Services
This section of the Web siteavailable only to FARMS members, who use their unique member identification numbers to access itcontains all of the items offered in the Free Services section but includes more content for each item. For example, the Journal of Book of Mormon Studies category contains the complete text of the latest issue, not just the selected articles available under Free Services; and the Digital Library entry contains a substantial archive of back issues of the Journal of Book of Mormon Studies, the FARMS Review of Books, and the Insights newsletter, plus a growing collection of video lectures that can be viewed online.
The FARMS Member Services section provides electronically much of the same content available to FARMS members in print, plus additional benefits. Visitors to the Web site can sample these Member Services benefits free of charge until 1 March 2000, after which they will be able to access this section only if they are a FARMS member.
This section lists and describes all FARMS publications and offers visitors the convenience of ordering online, with secure credit card information and liberal return policies. We hope this feature will make it easier than ever before for FARMS members and other students of the scriptures to browse and select publications that will increase their understanding and appreciation of the scriptures.
The original FARMS Web site was created and maintained by Gary Novak, a professional Web designer who volunteered an enormous amount of time and effort to help bring FARMS to a new level of accessibility. Now, with the resources available to FARMS through BYU, and with the growing demand for information, FARMS has been able to further develop and expand its Web site. With Brent Hall directing the effort, and with technical support from David Monson of BYU's Information Technology Services and others, FARMS now offers more services online than ever before.
The greatly expanded services can provide information to people throughout the world who previously could not obtain FARMS publications and services without great effort. The newly designed Web site goes hand in hand with FARMS's longtime goal of providing reliable information on the scriptures as widely, promptly, and economically as possible.