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.
So that's what we've done. On the new home page you'll see we've created a new "Music & Video" search tab. I've written a bit of code to make sure the Music and Video boxes carry through to the WebOPAC, so once the patron is within the WebOPAC interface they can continue to search with music and video.
I know we're asking for general feedback on the home page as well, and I don't want to ask for too much, but please try the new search out and send me your impressions. Please fiddle with it, try all the options you can think of, break it, and then tell me what you think, what worked, and what frustrated you!