Gale 2015 Enhancements
for GVRL, In Context and InfoTrac
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.
Here are the improvements included in the release:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The benefits of these enhancements are numerous for libraries, educators and researchers alike.
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.