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New! Music & Video Search

By Brian Egan on August 4, 2009 6:11 PM | Permalink

Over the last few weeks I've been obsessed with working on the home page, and one important feature in particular: the new music & video search tab.

Previously, it was a real pain to find music & video as there wasn't a very good mechanism to do so. We didn't provide a specific search for it, and using limits in the catalog, as I'm sure all of you know, can be confusing (what, students overlook "A-V materials?" Shocking!).

Furthermore, we have our music split up into two different material types, "MUSIC RCDG" and "MUSIC CD," and it's impossible to limit to two different material types with the WebOPAC interface. Now, the material types problems will be fixed when Marilyn completes her material type (format) label changes, but we still wanted to provide a more intuitive interface for music searching than just limiting/modifying a search.

Search Overload is Over?

By Darcy Del Bosque on June 9, 2009 10:37 AM | Permalink
Microsoft has come out with a new search engine, replacing Live Search, Windows Live Search and MSN Search.  Instead of going for breadth, they are aiming for relevancy and calling their product a "decision engine".  You can check it out at  If nothing else, they have come up with a great marketing campaign (and pretty much anything would be an improvement over Live Search). 

Bing Commercial - Search Overload - Vignettes