The California Digital Library (CDL) is pleased to announce the official, public release of the new Calisphere website, currently in beta mode. Calisphere provides free access to unique and historically important artifacts for research, teaching, and curious exploration. The collections on Calisphere have been digitized and contributed by all ten campuses of the University of California and other libraries, archives, and museums throughout the state. You’ll find digital images from UC Davis Special Collections here.
The new Calisphere boasts a clean modern look, user-centered design, and new features, including:
-Collection and institution browse and landing pages, for more context
-Filters for type, decade, collection, and institution to help users drill down into search results
-View and sort options for further customizing and making sense of search result sets
-Intuitive item-level controls like “get citation” and “contact owner” buttons
-A “sticky” search results carousel that keeps track of a user’s search while on a selected item
-Fully responsive design, meaning users can access the site on tablets and mobile devices
CDL will be adding more collections and functionality over the coming months (including migrating the Themed Collections, California Cultures, and the Japanese American Relocation Digital Archive to the new site), with the goal of replacing the old site in late 2016.