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IT @ UNH - New Library Homepage Provies New Look and Functionality

Tracey Lauder, Assistant Dean, Library Administration

November, 2008

Use of technology is abundant at the University of New Hampshire. Conversations with colleagues across all colleges and departments bring much to the technology table. IT @ UNH is a Signals feature that will highlight uses of technology throughout the campus community that inspire idea exchanges, collaboration, and learning.

This month Signals welcomes an article from a valued partner, the UNH Library. Both departments continue to collaborate on the Dimond Academic Commons, a one-stop shop for UNH students, faculty and staff which combines physical and virtual resources in an attractive and comfortable environment. Please drop us a line at cis.signals@unh.edu if you have a story to share about the use of technology in your department or college. –Signals Staff

New Library Homepage Provides New Look and Functionality
by Tracey Lauder, Assistant Dean, Library Administration

When we started the new academic year, the Library introduced a new look and expanded functionality on its homepage. Heavily-used information, formerly available solely in the drop-down menus, is now also listed in columns to make it easily visible. A ‘simple keyword’ search box was added to provide tabs that allow you to search on the course reserves, digital collections and the new library catalog keyword search engine, a groundbreaking interface that uses Web 2.0 sophistication to eliminate the obstacles between library users and library collections.

Designed for simple keyword searching, the new catalog offers results in a more user-friendly format along with an automatic “did you mean…?” technology that keeps you on track regardless of typos or a fuzzy memory of a title or author. Results are displayed by relevance in the center of the screen with two simple ways to refine your search (since keyword searches often retrieve large results): tag clouds on the right and facets on the left. The tag clouds are Library of Congress subject terms that are displayed so that you can estimate how many items we own based on the font size – the larger the font, the more resources we have on that subject. The facets allow you to refine your search by format, collection, language or date. If the results are digital, a hyperlink takes you directly to the online resource. Other links in the record go to the table of contents for the item at the Library of Congress, biographical information on the author, and publisher blurbs about the book.

These features will take your discoveries to a whole new level! Of course, you can also click the Find out more link in the catalog record to go to the old catalog display, or the Advanced Catalog Search link in the search box, which takes you back to the old catalog search engine and interface where you can still do Boolean, call number, ISBN number, or combined author/title searching. The next release (in Spring 2009) will make use of user contributions by blending in community participation features, such as tagging. Please visit library.unh.edu to see the new layout and functionality.