New Design of the North Carolina Digital Collections

Monday, December 23, 2019

The North Carolina Digital Collections contain over 90,000 historic and recent photographs, state government publications, manuscripts, and other resources on topics related to North Carolina. The collections are free and full-text searchable and bring together content from the State Archives of North Carolina and the State Library of North Carolina.

In early 2020, we will be making some exciting changes to the website. The collections will remain, but with a refreshed look. The new-look will make browsing and viewing the collections easier. The site will also be responsive on mobile devices. 

New Browse Page

On the browse page, the display will be streamlined. Figure 1 shows the current browse page while Figure 2 shows the new browse page. On the new browse page, the date, description and collection details are now displayed under the title. The search options on the left side of the screen have more space and are clearer to read.

Figure 1 Browse view on the current site.

Figure 2:  Browse view on the new site.

New View on Mobile Devices

The new site will also make navigating on tablets and smartphones better. For example, Figure 3 shows what a browse page currently looks like. A user must scroll to the right to view details about the documents such as title and details.  

Figure 3: Browse view on a phone for the current site.

Figure 4 shows the browse page on the new site, where a user will be able to immediately see the title and description when on a browse page. The new site also has clearly labeled buttons that a user can click for more searching and sorting options.

Figure 4: Browse view on a phone for the new site.

Default View of a Document

The default view of a document will also be changing. Figure 5 shows the ‘4000 Rosenwald School Dedication’ document in the collection. To see the first page of the document, a user must click a link. Clicking that link will also allow the user to download or print the document. 

Figure 5: The 4000 Rosenwald School Dedication document, page 1 on current site. 

However, the new site will automatically display the first page of the document. Figure 6 shows an example of this. The user can choose to download or print using buttons on the right side of the page.

Figure 6: The 4000 Rosenwald School Dedication document, page 1 on new site.

These changes will make the North Carolina Digital Collections easier to navigate. We will be sharing more details and an exact date for the change in early 2020.

Erin Holmes, Systems Integration Librarian