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  1. Missouri Digital Heritage: Actions and Plans Haiying Qian Missouri State Library haiying.qian@sos.mo.govMLA Annual Conference, October 6, 2011

  2. Usability Study Report Recommendations 4 Committees Tasked Navigation Committee Categorization Committee Format Committee Search Functionality Committee Report to MDH Management Team Structure and organization Terminology and Labeling of content Basic search features and functionality Federated searching

  3. Navigation Committee • Make hover drop-down menus for tabs • Make the link for “All Collections” more visible and appear both on top and bottom of page • Add “back to top” buttons on long pages • Get rid of “Moderate Relevance” search results when browsing the collections. • Put contact information on the “About” page, including email, phone and mailing address • Make Breadcrumb clickable

  4. Navigation Committee • Create a drop down menu under “about”, have information about “MDH” and “Missouri” • Improve image viewers so users can see the whole record • Add browse by media type option

  5. Format Committee • Shrink banner • Shrink title/institution fonts on splash pages • Place View and Search buttons above the images on splash pages • For the Clusters area on the Advanced Search results page, change the square bullets to round to avoid confusion over whether or not they are checkboxes. • Change “Clusters” to “Results by Collection.” • “About” tab should have drop-down for “About MDH,” “FAQs,” etc. • Add RSS button for notification when new collections are added

  6. Categorization Committee • Remove High Relevancy and Moderate Relevancygo to a straight alphabetical list • Remove Archives presentations from the topics listpresentations linked off the “Education” tab • Finding Aids should only be listed under Guides and Finding Aids • Separate media types out of the topics list • New definition: collections/exhibits/education pages

  7. Rename Topics & New Definitions • Add New Topic: Missouri History • Delete and Merge: Agriculture merge with Business as Business, Industry and AgricultureCounty & Municipal Recordsmerge with Government and Political Records • Move to Media Type:Archives and manuscripts collection guides; Books, Pamphlets, and monographs; Maps,; Newspapers, Photographs and Images • Change title and Description:Business, Commerce, Industry and Manufacturing Business, Industry and Agriculture Family and Faith  Genealogy Medicine, Science, Technology, and Nature Science and Nature Military Records and Resources Military and Conflicts Sports and Recreation  Recreation and Tourism • No Changes:Art, Architecture, Literature, Music and Theatre; Cultures and Communities; Exploration and Settlement; Transportation; Women

  8. Search Functionality Committee • Separate “People Search” and “Keyword Search” Create New Search Page with options of “People Search”, “Keyword Search” or “Detailed Search” • People searches People searches will be performed on name centered SQL databases and selected CONTENTdm collections. Users should be able to search first name and last name first, and then further limit their search results by County and/or Year • Keyword Search We recommend using a search design like CONTENTdm to search across fields. The SQL databases linked with keyword search are: Civil War Provost Marshal; Coroner’s Inquest; Supreme Court Historical Database; Missouri Judicial Index; Soldiers (for conflict) etc. The CONTENTdm collections linked with Keyword Search are: all collections but Hall’s Index; SHS index to newspapers, etc… • Detailed SearchList of all databases link to native detailed search • Newspapers as one groupCreate a Newspaper Page to search all newspapers as one collection

  9. MDH Management Team Review all proposed changes approve/disapprove/suggestion changes 75 recommendations were approved Next step: Implementation An Implementation Tracking Spreadsheet was created to track status

  10. Implementation Tracking Spreadsheet

  11. MDH Website Redesign • In house web redesign – many done or will be done soonNew List of Categories Approved, will implement next Review Collection Title convention: official title vs. best known title Remove Moderate Relevancy On topic pages Finding aids only list under Guides and Finding Aids New browse by “Media Type” option New “help” files in prominent places with more FAQ included • Vendor work – Federated Search related design/issues Short term: Fix Boolean Search, Rename Clusters , etc.. long term goal: Redesign Federated Search

  12. Main Page--Search Box Location Old Main Page – Search box upright New Main Page– Google like search box

  13. Smaller Banner for subpages Old Collections Page New Smaller Banner

  14. Renamed Tabs/Drop Down Menu

  15. Civil War Sesquicentennial Promotion: New Civil War Portal

  16. Five Regional Collaboration Projects Ozark Region – Springfield Greene County PL St. Louis Region- Missouri History Museum Kansas City region – Kansas City Public Library Central Region – State Historical Society of Missouri Southeast Region -- Southeast Missouri State Univ.

  17. Navigation Friendly Buttons

  18. Changes Next Year and Beyond CONTENTdm: Update software to version 6.1, improved user interface design; Retrofit data for better facet browsing option, federated search link to CONTENTdm Servers Around Missouri : multi-site server ? Federated Search: Separate People/Keyword Search, Make most use of native search (Detailed Search)