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Canton Library home page link to catalog search page

I'm only an occasional user of the Library website and then usually only of the catalog search page. I can't remember how I get there each time, so I usually start by entering an author or title in the home page search field then clicking the magnifying glass icon, which takes me to the actual search page. Then after the first search, I don't know how to get back to the search page, because I look at the links menu on the left side and no link is for the catalog. It is only after a period of several minutes scanning all the links on the entire page that I discover that the "Catalog" link at the left in the bold line at the top of the page takes me there. Possibly many people catch that right away, but it would help me greatly if the menu on the left side of the page would also list the catalog. Hope this feedback is helpful to you.


Brad Czerniak
Mon, 2011-04-04 09:44

Thank you for contacting us regarding our website menus.

The catalog link is intended to be the same font, size, and relative position as the menu in the gray block below it; while remaining adjacent to the catalog search bar to its right. It also exhibits the link-like behavior of having a hover state; when you put the cursor over the text, the text turns orange and the cursor becomes a pointing hand.

On the other hand, the text is not blue and is not underlined, which are the common non-hover cues for a link.

This potential usability pitfall will be a design consideration for future improvements to the website. Perhaps the link will be made to look more like a typical link, or maybe a button or 'pillbox'.

On a related note, if you'd like to search our catalog really quickly, you can Add CPL Catalog to your browser's search providers. We also have other search tools available for our catalog.

Thank you again for contacting us.