Discovery: University of Michigan Libraries Officially Launches Full Version of New Search Interface
On July 30, the U-M Library launched the full version of its new search interface, which combines various search paths and tools — Mirlyn, Search Tools, ArticlesPlus, etc. — into one interface that’s faster and works on mobile devices and equipment using assistive technologies. This new search interface has been live on the library’s website for extended beta testing since May. The full launch removes the now-obsolete tabs within the Search box.
Library Search is built to meet the discovery needs and expectations of today’s users by providing a clearer point of entry. Instead of narrowing your search into categories in advance, you simply enter your term into the search box, and the results are sorted into library-specific categories: Catalog, Articles, Databases, Online Journals, and Library Website. Within each of these categories, you can use the advanced options to further refine your search criteria.
Among the many improvements to the search interface that will be incorporated into the entire library website is close adherence to Web Content Accessibility Guidelines, which specify how to make content accessible for people who have disabilities.
About Gary Price
Gary Price (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com. Gary is also the co-founder of infoDJ an innovation research consultancy supporting corporate product and business model teams with just-in-time fact and insight finding.