User Interface

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The Providence User Interface is designed to organize information about your collection while enabling an efficient cataloging workflow. Because there are no hard-coded User Interfaces in CollectiveAccess, each system is different according to the nature of the collection being managed. However, a few key components exist to help organize and navigate your records.


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CollectiveAccess logo 
This can be replaced by your institution's logo by configuring your installation. Clicking this image will always bring you back to the dashboard.
Global Navigation 
This menu contains the controls that create and find records in the system. The Global Navigation menu also contains links to your Preferences and other configuration tools.
QuickSearch Form 
QuickSearch allows you to quickly search for records from anywhere in the system.
Breadcrumb Trail 
The Breadcrumb Trail displays your current path within the system in a laundry-list format. This is an optional display that can be turned on or off according to your Preferences.
Control Bar 
This bar contains “action items” such as search fields, configuration tools and buttons for saving and deleting records.
Results Controls 
These controls allow you to navigate through your search results after conducting a Search or Browse. Use the arrows to view your search results one by one. Clicking RESULTS will take you back to your full list of search results.
Inspector 
This displays the record Type, ID Number, Title and images pertaining to your record. You can use the arrows to scroll through the available media, and click the thumbnail image to open the Media Viewer. A customizable icon and colored border help to differentiate between different Editor Types.
Local Navigation 
This menu allows the user to navigate between the different Screens of the Editors you have defined for your system. When searching for records, this sidebar contains shortcuts for printing and exporting your results.
Drop-down Menus 
These menus are derived from customizable lists, allowing the user to create a controlled authority for select metadata elements.
Bundles 
Also referred to as Metadata Elements, Bundles can contain multiple fields, drop-down menus and other components that represent a unit of information about your record. For example, a bundle describing film stock may have a drop-down menu for the reel length, film format, and whether it is black & white or color. Special Bundles also exist for cataloging geographic coordinates, displaying media information and for hierarchical records. For examples of common Metadata Elements, see Common Metadata Elements.
Fields 
These forms allow the user to enter information freely. Fields can be customized to accept only certain data types such as text, numerical values, currencies and date ranges.
"Add" Buttons 
These buttons appear below repeating Metadata Elements, enabling you to add as many instances of those fields as is allowed by your system configuration.

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