Audio-Visual Usability

Make sure collection names are obvious

The British Library’s Sound Archive has some fascinating collections but they tend to have some quite obscure names.

For example, the St Mary-le-Bow public debates have contributions from Iris Murdoch, Peter Cook and Enoch Powell.

A previous version of the Sound Archive website replicated these collection names – and quite possibly put off users who failed to understand what may actually have been in each collection.


However, a new browsing structure has now been created.


It is much more obvious – collections are organised organised according to subject name giving users a more immediate understanding of what might be available.

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