By Andrew Nagy
Today’s release of Responsive Design for the Summon service enables users to enjoy a better research experience from any Internet-connected device. Whether they are on their mobile phone walking from one class to the next, studying in the 4th floor stacks on their iPad, or working in their dorm room on their laptop, users will be able to take full advantage of the Summon experience.
Responsive Design is a concept coined by web designer Ethan Marcotte from the A List Apart blog, which is the notion of “one app, all devices.” This means that design of the web site “responds” to the user’s screen size. For example, if you have a three column layout for your web site, leveraging a Responsive Design paradigm for your design will allow a user to see all three columns on a laptop, the left and center columns on a tablet, and just the center main column on a mobile device.
We are always looking to innovate and improve our discovery services to help connect library patrons with the most relevant content in ways that meet or exceed their expectations. With the growing trend of mobile computing - read more from my previous posting - we want to make sure the Summon service meets the users expectations and adds more value for today’s library. To accomplish this, we’ve rolled out a highly comprehensive Responsive Design for Summon 2.0.