The Library is beta testing a new search interface that combines the various current Library discovery modes and methods into a single search function.
Ken Varnum, senior program manager in the Library’s information technology department, says the ultimate goal is to provide a fast and accessible portal to the millions of items in the library catalog and to the articles, journals, databases, and other resources the Library subscribes to. The new interface is optimized for a range of devices, including smartphones, and for the application of assistive technologies.
The public beta will continue through the Winter term, with the final version expected to launch in early May. “This new search interface is still in development,” Varnum notes. “We’re offering this public beta to inform its ongoing development, and to ensure that the overall interface works well for the campus.”