New Format Icons and Facets coming Thursday, 2/7

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Added by Tara Wood (02/01/2019 - 13:00) , last updated by Tara Wood (02/07/2019 - 10:55)

Our most recent usability test revealed two issues with our catalog around downloadable formats.

First, patrons expected to see facets for e-materials in the Format facet, which currently just includes physical item formats.

Second, it wasn't always clear what items are downloadable and what items are physical in a skim of search results. This was confusing for both patrons who prefer to check out physical materials and patrons who prefer downloables.

To address these issues, we are making some changes to the catalog, which you will see Thursday, Februrary 7th.

We are adding the following facets to the Format facet in Enterprise:

  • eBook
  • eAudiobook
  • eVideo
  • eMusic

In addition, you will see new icons for formats, including these icons for downloadable materials:

  • ebook icon
  • eaudiobook icon
  • emusic icon
  • evideo icon

We think these changes will benefit you and your patrons, and we're excited to do some follow up testing to see how they affect the findability of item formats. Take a look at the new icons and facets on this test version of the catalog.