Soutron Search Portal
It’s new. It’s simple. It’s fast and it’s mobile friendly.
Soutron Library Management System’s new Search Portal technology is now available, fully integrated, to improve the user experience and enhance the image of the library.
The Library has complete freedom to design a preferred search interface that can be easily accessed from desktop and mobile devices. Soutron’s Search technology offers complete control over the way results are presented:
- The layout and style
- Colours & fonts
- Branding, graphics & carousels
- Feeds and links to promote library services
Soutron’s Search Portal technology uses template driven forms incorporating HTML5 and CSS style sheets making it easy to seamlessly integrate with web sites. Web masters can use their skills to custom design the interface or the library can call on Soutron to provide customisation to their own design.
For many libraries a single Search Portal is ideal but if multiple portals are needed these can be simply created. And to make it even easier the library can choose from Soutron’s pre-designed templates each with a different theme that can be branded and applied within minutes.
Enhance the user experience
Create a unique entry point / portal for your users, clients and visitors, across your organisation and outside. Simplify their access to your content and services and provide My Account facilities to help them self manage their searches, renew loans, set up RSS feeds, get the latest Library and Archive news and events, how to access your services and more.
End users can now create their very own ‘Collections / Reading lists’ and quickly and easily add records they find to these for later viewing.
Below are our 8 standard themes to help get you started. Click on each to be taken to an example screenshot of each portal.
We would swap the Soutron logo for that of your organisation and can amend the colours, fonts and background images to those you supply to match that of your corporate branding.
Customisation of an existing theme
It is easy for you to make changes to an existing theme using our template design editor that is available to the System Manager. This allows changes to the portal pages, results page and full record display pages. You can control headers and footers, amend text, change layout etc. You can also create additional content pages for specific subject areas or departments and customise your navigation menu.
Alternatively you can request Soutron to make changes to your specification at our standard hourly rate for customisation work.
Where you have specific ideas that you want to implement, you can create your own theme and portal design from scratch.
If you want to integrate the system with your web site and your web master has already laid out styles via CSS and you want to apply these you can do so using the integrated template designer with HTML5 tools.
If you need this type of approach but don’t have anyone to do it in-house you can request our services and we will work with you to create the design that best meets your needs. This is a chargeable service that can be provided at our standard hourly rates for customisation work.
Would your organisation benefit from multiple portals or search pages?
We can create portals for specialist subjects, secure portals with restricted access to help support knowledge search and enquiries, image repositories and even portals for different offices.
This is a great opportunity for you and your organisation to share your knowledge and to help you to promote the services you provide to users via your own branded portal.
There is a set-up charge for multiple portals, but once again contact us for further information if this is of interest.
Direct access with our Search Widget!
Take advantage of our search widget providing direct access to the library and archive catalogue from your organisations website, intranet or even from SharePoint. Improve the search experience and allow your users to gain access to materials with ease.
Request a demonstration today and ask us to walk you through examples of how others are taking advantage of this great feature.
You can get some measure of the different approaches taken when deploying our Search Portal technology here with access to some of our great client portals that are live and on the web.
>> Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust
>> The Wiener Library for the Study of the Holocaust & Genocide
>> Chatham House – The Royal Institute of International Affairs
>> Met Office – A fully customised example
Set your knowledge free using Soutron’s Search Portal technology!
Compare our Library & Archive Solutions available.
The communications we receive and the support from the help desk is simply outstanding.
We chose Soutron because they were the only supplier, who bid for our business that were genuinely willing to help develop an LMS solution that was really tailored to our specific needs
Compared to other LMS suppliers Soutron provided the perfect solution for a corporate library.
” it has made a big difference in how we manage our documents now that we are all connected and with a seamless flow from our site to the portal with end users not realising just how amazing it is”