• Site Search
  • Education/Non Profit

NYU Libraries: Powering the Search for Improved User Experience

Delivering Streamlined Search

NYU Libraries wanted more control and insights to help website users quickly find the information they need.

Understand Users at a Deeper Level
Flood of insights enabled NYU to see how users were searching, and when they were or weren’t finding results.
More Control in No Time

NYU Libraries was able to deploy the Elastic Site Search Service in one day, which opened the floodgates and exposed the analytics they were looking for.

Company Overview

As the library of a prestigious university in the 21st Century, New York University (NYU) Libraries is a global organization dedicated to the open exchange of information.

Powering the Search for Improved User Experience

NYU Libraries wanted more control and insight to help website users quickly find the information they need. They chose the Elastic Site Search Service (formerly Swiftype Site Search) because of the extremely quick implementation times. Another benefit was the ability to customize the search experience based on analytics and insights. Now with a better search experience and a more prominent placement, search usage has increased significantly.

NYU Libraries’ Journey with Elastic

MORE CONTROL IN NO TIME

Before moving to the Elastic Site Search Service, the team didn’t have much control over search and virtually no insights, so they didn’t know what they were missing. Working with their CMS vendor, NYU Libraries was able to deploy Site Search in just one day, which opened the floodgates and exposed the analytics they were wanting.

“We didn’t know all of the things we could do until we deployed Site Search,” said Nadaleen. “We wanted to gather data to improve both the search experience and how we were presenting our content to the users.”

CREATING A BETTER SEARCH EXPERIENCE

As part of a larger department, NYU Libraries defaulted to the search tool implemented by their parent organization. “Nyu.edu uses Google Site Search, so we were using that as our library’s site search,” explained Nadaleen Tempelman-Kluit, Head of User Experience at NYU Libraries. “We didn’t have a lot of ability to customize the search, so we wanted to move away from that and get our own solution. We wanted to have more control.”

They were looking for a way to increase case-deflection and decrease their support burden with better search. They wanted more control and insights to help website users quickly find the information they need.

The Results

Now with a better search experience and a more prominent placement, search usage has increased significantly. But more than just the metrics, it’s the basics they were previously missing that’s really helped them improve the overall user experience.

[Elastic Site Search]’s synonym insights are great. I can look at queries, see what people are searching for and what words they’re using, then add those keywords to our site. That’s been pretty huge.

Nadaleen Tempelman-Kluit
Head of User Experience | NYU Libraries