Accessible Archives 3.0 Delivers Search Upgrades And Major Enhancements

Relevancy Ranking, One-Step Search for County Histories, E-Book Browsing, and More

Malvern, PA (June 21, 2010) – Accessible Archives, Inc., a publisher of full-text electronic history databases featuring primary sources – is in the final stages of testing a significant upgrade to its user interface. E-book features are a key part of the release, which also includes new and exciting enhancements to the search, browse, and results display capabilities. Designed to provide users with an easy-to-navigate experience, the new features are especially evident when exploring Civil War e-books that recently have been digitized. Accessible Archives markets these and other collections of American primary sources to academic and public libraries.

Accessible Archives 3.0 is the latest in a series of major upgrades to the search interface. Librarians from Brigham Young University and Purdue University are helping Accessible Archives benchmark the release in accordance with the firm’s goal of involving the library community in all upgrades.

Continually reviewing technologies that will enhance the user experience is part of our ongoing mission. — Tom Nagy, Accessible Archives, Inc.

Tom Nagy, Accessible Archives COO, remarked: “In keeping with our commitment to the library and researcher community, we continue to make the interface relevant; this is our second major release in 18 months. Since 1990, we have been dedicated to providing easily accessible historical content; that’s the origin of our company name. Continually reviewing technologies that will enhance the user experience is part of our ongoing mission.”

Included in release 3.0, which will be fully operational in early July, are these major enhancements:

  • Fully-linked tables of contents for easy navigation of e-books
  • The ability to browse by book, chapter, or page
  • Links to images for quick retrieval of photos, maps, and portraits

Among upgrades to the search interface, a key enhancement is that all content will be searchable at once in a single unified database, including county histories, which were some of the earliest materials offered. With the latest upgrade, genealogists and members of historical societies exploring American family trees can more easily search and browse the 19th century county records.

The full-page images are made further accessible through such features as options for full-text or fielded Boolean searches that may be limited by date, source, or publication type. Other updates to the search capabilities include automated query punctuation and normalization of singular/plural forms. Multiple search boxes are provided, and the default sort option for display of results is now relevance.

Accessible Archives will demonstrate the new features at the American Library Association 2010 Annual Conference and Exhibition in Washington, D.C. (Booth #4047), from June 25 – 28.

About Accessible Archives

Founded in 1990, Accessible Archives utilizes computer technology to provide vast quantities of archived historical information previously available only in microformat. Diverse primary source materials reflecting broad views across American history and culture have been assembled into comprehensive databases. Developed by dedicated instructors and students of Americana, these databases allow access to the rich store of materials from leading books and periodicals then current. Accessible Archives will continue to add titles covering important topics and time periods to assist scholars and students at all academic levels. Accessible Archives has retained Unlimited Priorities Corporation® as its exclusive sales and marketing agent.

Tom Nagy, COO
Accessible Archives, Inc.
Exclusive Sales & Marketing Agent:
Iris L. Hanney, President
Unlimited Priorities Corporation

All images included in blog posts are from either Accessible Archives collections or out of copyright public sources unless otherwise noted. Common sources include the Library of Congress, The Flickr Commons, Wikimedia Commons, and other public archives.

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