To Bento or Not to Bento – Displaying search results

Many academic institutions – including my own – have moved to a “bento-box” style search result display:  a single search box that returns side-by-side results from multiple library search tools, e.g., library catalog, article index, institutional repository, website, LibGuides, etc.  In this post, I explore the pros and cons of “bento-ing.”  Why to Bento Eliminates…

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Usable Library of the Month – Baldwin Public Library, MI

This month’s usable library is: Baldwin Public Library, Birmingham, MI What I like: Recent redesign Responsive Drupal site Clear distinction between website and catalog search Link icon indicate when a user is being taken to an external site (e.g. events calendar)

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Usable Library of the Month – University of Toronto

This month’s usable library is: University of Toronto What I like: New site launched in May, 2015.  For a comparison, see old site snapshot at the Internet Archive. Search upgraded from tabbed to single search box The “Find a specific article” page Excellent outreach on new site design and launch, including why site was redesigned and opportunities…

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Usable Library of the Month – Malden Public Library

This month’s usable library is: Malden Public Library, MA What I like: Recently redesigned site – big improvement over previous site Responsive, mobile-friendly Good use of WordPress Nice integration with social media

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Usable Library of the Month – Stratford Public Library

This month’s usable library is: Stratford Public Library, Ontario What I like: Accessibility options at the top of every page include “change contrast” and “accessibility feedback” Responsive, mobile-friendly Good layouts, readable fonts, good use of white space “Get started” links on home page  

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Usable Library of the Month – Emory University

This month’s usable library is: Emory University Library What I like: Solves the problem of upper right search box confusion with a dropdown menu. Mobile friendly Excellent Library Simplified tutorial Intuitive, simple navigation Jargon-free menu labels:  “Library Materials,” “Using the Library,” “Research and Learning”    

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Usable Library of the Month – Houston Public Library

This month’s usable library is: Houston Public Library What I like: Newly redesigned!  Compare to the previous site (Internet Archive snapshot.) Accessible, mobile, responsive design Breadcrumbs for ease of navigation Main menu labels simplified, jargon removed: “Find it, Learn & Explore, Research, Get Involved.” Events calendar fully integrated into site

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Usable Library of the Week – Addison Public

This week’s usable library is: Addison Public Library, IL What I like: Attractive, easy-to-read design Responsive and mobile-friendly Jargon-free “Book a Librarian” on the research page “Confused? Book a Tech” on the e-books page, right where you most need it Big “Order items” button is much more understandable than ILL  

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Usable Library of the Week – Champlain College

This week’s usable library is: Champlain College, Vermont What I like: A small college (2,000 enrollment) with a great website! Lots of help – this site is clearly focused on helping students through the entire research experience, with easy-to-find help for everything from writing an annotated bibliography to evaluating sources. Research How Tos As with…

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Usable Library of the Week – University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

This week’s usable library is: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign What I like: Site recently redesigned – big improvement over their previous site! Library Technology shows available items at a glance – from flash drives to dry erase board accessories Libraries and Hours display what libraries are currently open Search tool returns “bento-box” like results…

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