LibrarySearch has changed. It has a smart new look and new smart features, designed to enhance the user experience.
The search results and item detail pages have been redesigned to create a clearer look, improve accessibility and present more information where you need to see it.
We’ve also updated the colour palette to create a fresh new look in Brookes colours.
Let’s take a look at the new features
Smart feature 1: Search term indicators
If you’ve ever wondered why a particular item was included in your search results, you can now find out. LibrarySearch will use a yellow underline to highlight your search terms in the item information.
LibrarySearch will also show your search terms in hidden data by bringing it into the search results or by expanding the item details.
Search term indicators will help you to refine your search terms and find exactly what you need.
Smart feature 2: Best access options
The Access Options panel is found on the item details pages. This panel will select the best access options for this item and show them to you in one place.
The best access options chosen could be:
- a link to an online resource
- a print copy showing the library, the call number and a link to any other copies
- a holdings summary for print journals
- the Place Hold button
- the Request Interlibrary Loan button
Smart feature 3: Showing you useful editions
LibrarySearch now displays links to both local and worldwide ‘editions and formats’ in the search results. What’s more, it will expand to show you a particularly useful edition. For example, if the record is an ebook, it will expand to show you we have a print version. Or, if all recent print copies are on loan, it will expand to show you an older but available print edition.
What is changing and what is staying the same?
As well as adding these smart features, some icons, messages and the chosen filter display have been redesigned. But we’ve retained familiar features such as the Cite and Save buttons.
In the item details you can still find popular existing features such as links to our Talis Aspire reading lists, links to explore more journal content with BrowZine and, on many items, virtual shelf browsing.
Over the next few months, we can look forward to more improvements to LibrarySearch. These will focus on journal display, elink visibility and the relevancy and order of search results.
How to get help or advice
If you have any questions or feedback about using LibrarySearch, get in touch with us via email: firstname.lastname@example.org