Rich and Dynamic Library Catalogs: A Case Study of Online Search Interfaces
Research Area: Digital Libraries Year: 2012
Type of Publication: Article Keywords: OPAC, Human-Computer Interaction, GUI, AJAX
  • Jesse Prabawa Gozali
  • Min-Yen Kan
We redesign the user interface of an online library catalog, leveraging current web technologies that allow dynamic and fine-grained user interaction. Over the course of our iterative design and test cycle, we identified four key areas where such dynamic web technologies can be used to improve the support for typical information seeking strategies: namely, 1) the use of overview + details, 2) a tabular data display, 3) using tabs as a history mechanism and 4) embedding a suggestion bar. We believe that the revised affordances created by our changes in these four areas will inform the design of future search interfaces.
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