The Agriculture Department asked Yvette Alonso to revamp its National Agricultural Library, one of the world’s largest agricultural library networks.
She led the redesign of the department’s 68,000 public Web sites to fit USDA style guidelines and a new content-based approach to information presentation. Her deadline was Dec. 31, 2005, and she received no additional resources.
Alonso accomplished all that by Dec. 1. She also created a new team-based approach to Web development and provided library users with quicker, easier access to information.
“She had the leadership skills to make it happen — the drive, the commitment, the energy,” said Susan McCarthy, senior analyst for strategic scientific initiatives at USDA.