Unified Discovery (Quicksearch)

The library offers several search interfaces: Orbis and MORRIS search the library and law library catalogs, Articles+ for journals and newspapers, and several digitized collection searches. The many search interfaces present a challenge to our patrons, who should not have to select the correct search depending on the material they need. The library will combine several of these search interfaces into one unified Yale Library search, which over time should become a comprehensive search interface.

The unified search relies on a Solr index and Blacklight interface. Search results from numerous sources will be brought back into the unified search using a "bento box" approach. In this method results from the catalogs will be in one box, results from Articles+ will be in a second, digitized material in a third, and so on. The bento box approach is used by several libraries participating in the Hydra consortium, notably Columbia Quicksearch. Yale is working closely with Columbia developers to adapt the Quicksearch code to Yale's search resources.

Resources that will be available in Unified Search:

Results for each of these will be presented in one screen (see an early prototype of Columbia's code with Yale records at http://search-test.library.yale.edu).

Library IT staff working on the project

Primary contacts: Kalee Sprague, Lakeisha Robinson

Collaborating staff: Katie Bauer, Steve Disorbo, Yue Ji, Jenn Nolte, Bob Rice

Partners / collaborating departments

Metadata Services and Catalog Management: Arcadia Falcone

Law Library: Scott Matheson


Discovery & Systems Metadata

The goal of the Discovery & Systems Metadata group is to optimize the user experience in Blacklight by identifying metadata standards that enhance discovery, search, and display.  The group works closely with, and serves as a clearing house for, recommendations created in various groups within the Library for mapping MARC records, digital records, archival records, and others to Ladybird, Fedora, and Blacklight.  The group updates existing local standards, like the Discovery Metadata for Digital Materials document, when necessary.  The group also approves the creation of new fields in Ladybird for digital materials, and maps them to their display values in Blacklight.

The group's first sprint occurred January 15 - 17.  The focus of the sprint was to identify the initial MARC to SOLR mapping values needed for ingesting Orbis/Morris records into Blacklight.  Results from the sprint are available on the Library IT SharePoint site.  Feel free to contact any member of the group with questions.  Group members include: Dominique Bourassa, Arcadia Falcone, Kate Kellet, Youn Noh, Jenn Nolte, Kalee Sprague (Chair), and Keiko Suzuki.


  • Early Fall 2014 Orbis, MORRIS and Articles+ in unified search for initial staff review
  • Early Fall 2014 Redesigned unified interface 
  • Fall 2014 Quicksearch soft rollout to public (includes Orbis, Morris, Articles+)
  • Winter/Spring 2015 Development of Patron Services (Recall, Scan and Deliver, etc)
  • Spring/Summer 2015 Quicksearch workshops for staff
  • Fall 2015 Quicksearch becomes the default search on the Library home page