• 2015 Enhancements features and benefits

  • Overall, the benefits of the enhancements include a modern design and consistent toolset that unites three of Gale’s foundational franchises with an elegant user experience that is optimized for all screen sizes and devices, supports user workflow, and improves our performance against accessibility standards.

    The interface enhancements will affect GVRL and all resources in the InfoTrac and In Context families as well as PowerSearch, GenealogyConnect, Twayne's Authors Online, and Scribner Writers Online. The In Context suite includes Biography, Canada, Opposing Viewpoints, Science, Student Resources, U.S. History and World History.

    Features

    Here are the improvements included in the release:

    Similar user experience across GVRL, InfoTrac and In Context

    Each resource will be enhanced using similar banners, tools, icons, language, and color palettes. Applying these changes consistently delivers a seamless experience as users mature from high school to college-level research, or navigate across resources using discovery services and tools like PowerSearch or InterLink, which connects users to eBook articles on GVRL from within periodical content on InfoTrac.

    Introduction of easily recognized icons

    Good for accessibility and overall usability, icons used prevalently across the web and in mobile apps makes it easy for researchers to quickly identify and interpret the use of each tool.

    High-contrast banners and buttons

    Gale complies with Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 to make our information available to people with disabilities, including those with blindness or low vision. Each resource will adopt a high-contrast header with white text and tool buttons in bright orange, which makes it easier for users to see content. With this stronger separation of background and foreground, accessibility is improved for those listening to the content as well.

    Improved navigation and workflow

    Through extensive user testing and product usage reporting, we’ve identified the most popular user tools and accentuated them in the top header. All other features have been minimized behind a familiar three-bar “More” button and ranked in order of popularity.

    Content featured in the prime real estate

    A simple shift of menus, toolbars and filters places content consistently in the prime, top-left real estate. This is particularly useful for users on tablets and smartphones as it maximizes the amount of content in view across smaller screen sizes. With common tool sets, icons and language across each product, you’ll spend less time instructing users how to interact with the information and more time on how to analyze, interpret and apply the information.

    Optimization for all screen sizes and devices

    Because responsive design optimizes web content for mobile use, the display of the GVRL, InfoTrac and In Context resources will automatically be optimized for any screen size on any device with no app required. This brings a better overall experience to both desktop and mobile users—in addition to optimized display of content and features, traditional elements automatically become touchscreen “swipeable.” Responsive design also seamlessly delivers high-quality and easy-to-use research tools to schools and students participating in BYOD and 1:1 initiatives.

     


     

  • Benefits

    The benefits of these enhancements are numerous for libraries, educators and researchers alike.  

    The User Community

    •  A shared experience ensures users mature through products seamlessly as they advance from high school to college-level research, without having to learn to navigate an entirely new set of tools.
    • As users navigate across products through discovery tools like PowerSearch or InterLink, they’re not distracted by the changing of header banners and the placement of user tools.
    • Users can spend less time learning research interfaces as a result of Gale adopting popular iconography and navigational elements that are prevalent throughout the open web and other mobile experiences/applications.
    • People of all abilities and learning styles can access the content in a way that meets their needs, with as few barriers as possible.
    • The platform eliminates sign-ons or app download processes—the experience is automatically optimized to any device/screen size without any input or action needed.
    • Content comes to the forefront—moving the menus to the right and accentuating high-traffic elements streamlines and declutters interface design.
    • Easy-to-use, high-quality content becomes accessible through BYOD (bring your own device) and 1:1 initiatives, which are popular in both K12 and academic settings and are designed to help increase engagement, personalize learning, teach 21st century skills and improve achievement.

     

    Information Professionals and Educators

    • You can spend less time on training materials and navigation instruction, and more time teaching users how to analyze, interpret and apply the information.
    • You can better support student workflow, especially for BYOD/1:1 initiatives in K-12 schools. According to research published in June 2014, 71% of districts surveyed have adopted mobile technology, which represents a 60% increase over 2013. As well, 82% are highly interested in implementing or expanding 1:1 mobile access within the next two years.
    • An improved set of authoritative, high-quality resources fosters differentiated learning styles and people with disabilities, including low vision and blindness.
    • As more libraries move toward a responsive design for their own websites, linking to resources that are similarly optimized improves the overall user experience and eliminates disconnect between the library and the resources it provides.
    • Improved user satisfaction leads to increased usage. According to surveys conducted by Foresee, nearly 70% of all users accessing a Gale resource from a tablet or smartphone said they would be more likely to use the product if it were mobile optimized.
    • With the unification of the user experience across platforms, Gale is able to collect user feedback in greater volume, more quickly. This allows us to identify patterns and trends early and often, and bring more improvements to resources.

     


    Learn More

    To get better acclimated to the enhancements, you and your users can now try the new experience from within GVRL and InfoTrac. Read in detail about the improvements or contact us for more information.