Over the weekend, ArchiveGrid’s homepage and search results page underwent some changes and got adaptive for tablets and smartphones. It went from looking like this…
In addition to the obvious cosmetic improvements to the logo and banner, our list of contributors below the map of where they appear was made easier to browse, with collapsible headings by country and state.
Now on to improvements to the search results page (taken from an Aug. 9 post by Bruce about these interface changes, which we were still testing). Here’s an example of the Result Overview for a search. The search began by looking for collections that match golden gate bridge photographs. With 377 matching collections it would take a while to scroll through each brief record, but the Result Overview helps identify some key access points at a glance:
And as access points are selected, the search result is narrowed. This can be a quick and effective way to reduce a large result to something that can be more easily checked for a deeper dive into the collection descriptions. The Result List and Overview are different views of the same result: selecting their tabs makes it easy to switch from one to the other.
And though we don’t see much ArchiveGrid use by people with smartphones and tablet devices yet, we can now ensure that all users experience ArchiveGrid best suited to their browser.
Be sure to give our freely-available ArchiveGrid from OCLC Research a try! It’s also free to contribute and we welcome any feedback.