In May we (University of Wisconsin - Madison Libraries) released a front end to our catalog that is responsive. It's built on blacklight with twitter bootstrap. It works well regardless of screen size (tested by opening in all browsers and minimizing and maximizing the width of the window). With fluid responsive design you design for ranges, < 480, 480-768, 768-980, 980-1280, 1280-1366, 1366-1920 etc. I haven't watched Matthew's talk but the benefit of using bootstrap is that 95% of the work is done for us and we just have to add a bit of custom CSS for look. You can take a look at the responsive design here:
We released it in the summer so we had a few months to tighten it up so come Fall the students will find a much better experience with their catalog.
Our mobile facetting is similar to Amazons but isn't overly simplified. The system has overall been testing well with patrons across the spectrum (undergrads to grads in various fields to faculty and staff). I suppose at some point we should write a paper or at least have a talk about this.
On Jul/11/12, at 8:28 AM, Cynthia Ng wrote:
> A responsive catalogue would definitely be interesting to see. I
> imagine what can make this very difficult to do is the fact that many
> (if not most) libraries have a proprietary ILS/OPAC, which can make it
> very difficult to customize.
> I've seen some mobile versions of faceted interfaces (mostly from
> databases and discovery tools, such as Summon and EBSCO), but none
> that are responsive. Nevertheless, if you're looking for ideas, I
> think these interfaces can give you a good idea of what else has been
> done at least at the small screen device size.
> On Tue, Jul 10, 2012 at 11:06 PM, Bilal Khalid <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> Hello All,
>> Excellent discussion this. We've been plugging away at a responsive design
>> for our library catalogue at UofT, and I've often wondered: are there any
>> good responsive layouts and design patterns out there for catalogue
>> searching? I've seen some really nice generic examples, such as the ones
>> from LukeW (http://www.lukew.com/ff/entry.asp?1569), but they tend to be for
>> long form content like blogs and the like.
>> I'd love to see if anyone has implemented a responsive design for faceted
>> catalogue searching in particular.
>> Bilal Khalid
>> Senior Applications Programmer/Analyst
>> Information Technology Services
>> University of Toronto Libraries
>> (416) 946-0211