New Zach S. Henderson Library homepage unveiled today

Welcome back to campus!  We invite you to explore our newly redesigned homepage, which is part of an ongoing process of redesigning the entire Henderson Library website.  We’d love to know what you think of it.

Library Catalog

You’ll notice that the default library catalog search is the GIL-Find interface, which we’ve been providing as an alternative since August 2009 (see the original announcement here).  We’re still providing a link to the GIL Classic interface, which can be more useful for exact title searching.

GIL-Find, the University System of Georgia’s implementation of the open source software VuFind, is an alternative interface option for accessing the catalog that we hope will provide an improved ‘search & discovery’ experience for you. GIL-Find features keyword searching and multiple, easy to use facets for narrowing a search result set.

The GIL-Find interface is more visually appealing than GIL Classic, and incorporates book covers, “more like this” suggestions, and persistent URLs.  (Every page in GIL-Find has a static link, so you can share these links via Facebook, e-mail, etc.)  GIL-Find incorporates Web 2.0 features such as reviewing and tagging.  Additional features that students enjoy are links to Google Books that are included with some records, the ability to text a record to a mobile phone, and easy citation formatting.  GIL-Find also links directly from each search or record display to the same item in GIL Classic.

Databases

You’ll also notice a new way to search for articles, e-books, videos, etc., in our databases.  The “Articles/Databases @ GALILEO” tab on our homepage links you directly to our three main general databases:  Academic Search Complete, OmniFile Full Text Mega Edition, and Web of Science.  You can also use the drop-down menu of subjects to find recommended databases for various types of topics.  All of these are accessible from any location with the GALILEO password (only needed off-campus).  Of course, you can always go directly to the GALILEO homepage at http://www.galileo.usg.edu to navigate as you’ve already been doing.

Please tell us what you think of our new design!  Leave a comment below, or use our online suggestion box.

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