Search Assistant Working Group Meeting Minutes
June 12, 2007
Present: Susan Avery, Kathleen Kern (chair), Bill Mischo, Nancy O'Brien, Peggy
Steele (recorder), Nathan Yarasavage
Minutes & Communication:
The minutes from the May 23, 2007 meeting were amended and approved as amended. The SAWG
email alias is now available for the group to use. After the meeting we also learned that the
new SAWG folder has been created on the G drive.
There was extensive discussion of the "Easy Search" functionality presented on the new Gateway
top level page and the relationship of Easy Search to the "Search Assistant" entry under " Quick
Links" and the "Browse by Subject: Subjects A-Z." Bill explained the Web Content
group's thinking on the content/layout of this page and SAWG developed several recommendations for
Bill to take back to the Web Content group.
Recommendations for the Web Content group:
- We believe that consistent use of nomenclature is essential for the success of the new Gateway
page. For example, the Search Assistant technology should not be called " Search Assistant"
in some places and "Easy Search" in others.
- We recommend that the name "Search Assistant" be phased out and replaced by "Easy Search"
across the board. On the new top level Gateway page, the term "Search Assistant"
under "Quick Links" could be temporarily replaced by "Easy Search (Search Asst.)" to help users of
the old Search Assistant find the system under the new name. After a few months
the parenthetical information could be removed.
- We recommend that the "Easy Search (Search Asst.)" link under "Quick Links" take the user to a
page from which they can choose the specific subject(s) they want to search.
- We recommend that the "Advanced" link in the "Easy Search" section at the top of the new top
level Gateway page be removed and a drop down box inserted with the heading: "Subject:" The drop
down box would enable users to choose the specific subject(s) they want to search. The
default search could be called something like "General Resources".
- We recommend that Google Books and Microsoft Live Books be included among the "Books" resources
searched by Easy Search.
SAWG members are asked to review the resources currently searchable via "Easy Search" and be
prepared to discuss them at the next meeting. Members are also asked to review the
information in Katie's email dated 12 June 2007.
The next meeting is scheduled for . . . in room . . . It will be Nathan's turn to
(Submitted by Peggy Steele)