Daniel Lakes, who designed the What Middletown Read web page and search engine, has added several new features to the site. He reports:
Since our launch on March 3, there have been several developments on the WMR search engine site. In addition to minor layout changes, we have also added several new features based on user feedback. These features should further enable users to utilize the database to its fullest potential.
The second set of updates relates to handling search results. First, WMR users now have the ability to navigate among a string of searches. This would allow one, for example, to perform a search, then perform a drill down to find a subset of that result, and later return to the prior, broader search. This functionality will appear after you have performed your second search during a same-session visit to the WMR site as a series of buttons above the search results.
Next, users now have the ability to export their search results. This allows for users to manipulate the data offline with statistical programs such as SPSS, or spreadsheet programs such as Microsoft Excel. To download results, look for the download box above the search results, select the type(s) of results you wish to download (Book/Patron/Transactions—all are selected by default), and click the ‘Download Results’ button. This will download a ZIP file containing comma-separated files for each type of result selected.
We have also added a data summaries page to provide researchers with a quick overview of certain data within the WMR database. To find the list of reports, along with a brief description, visit the help guide and click on the ‘Data Summaries’ header under the ‘Data Overview’ tab.
Finally, we have added a page containing relevant links related to the What Middletown Read project. In addition to references to affiliates of the project, such as the Muncie Public Library, the page also has links to similar efforts such as the Main Street Public Library Database, and links to useful resources such as the Muncie/Delaware County Digital Resource Library.
For any questions concerning new (or previously existing) features, please consult the user guide: http://bsu.edu/libraries/wmr/help.php. For any additional questions, please feel free to contact us via our feedback form: http://bsu.edu/libraries/wmr/feedback.php.
Thank you again for your patronage and all of your feedback regarding the project so far. We look forward to hearing more from each of you and what you have discovered in your own pursuits!
Submitted by Jim C.