The Libraries Australia Search redevelopment project has reached the end of Stage 3, and an alpha version of the new Libraries Australia Search (LA Search Alpha) is now available for Libraries Australia users to try out and provide feedback.
We ask that feedback be provided no later than Sunday 16 June.
Things the project team learnt from research and usability evaluations of screen mock-ups done earlier in the project have been incorporated into the new system, plus there are also some differences as a result of the change in technologies used. (The new Libraries Australia Search database has a MySQL database and Solr indexes, as are used in Trove, whereas the old system uses TeraText).
We need to ensure the changes we are making are actually going to improve things for users. So the idea is that we get an early, although incomplete, version of the new system out for LA users to look at as soon as we can. If there are any issues, it is important that we know about them during the project so they can be addressed prior to production release.
The functionality of LA Search Alpha is currently limited to the simple and advanced search screens, search results and record full view screens plus login/IP authentication. Not all features on these screens are available.
There is an information page about LA Search Alpha (link below) that you should read first. It includes information about how to log in, how to give feedback and a list of the things that are different from the old system. (This page is also accessible from a link on the top right-hand corner of the LA Search Alpha screens called “About this alpha site”).
During Stage 4 of the redevelopment project (the last stage) there will be further releases of LA Search Alpha as the remaining functionality is added, plus any required modifications identified from user feedback. LA users will be notified of each new release and their further feedback sought.
LA Search Alpha information page: http://librariesaustralia-alpha.nla.gov.au/prototype-info. You can navigate to the rest of the new system from there.