Feedback on the Books search
I do not use the Books search anymore because the relevancy of the search results is abysmal. I revert to the Worldcat catalog to see if FamilySearch has the book or the old Catalog search.
The latest example of failed searches using the Books search function:
"Margaret Matthews Cowart" with and without quotations
"Old land records of Limestone County, Alabama" with and without quotations
Creator.title:cowart Title:margaret - which I should not have to go to a help page to figure out how to search for an author. There should a drop down selector for that.
Limestone County, Alabama
None of the search results were relevant to my search query. If the proper results were returned, they were buried. Going through the facets is equally as difficult. Searching for the author in quotes should have brought it up right at the top, but it didn't. Even using the Advanced search on the search results page returns improper results. Based on my searches, either the book is not included in Books or is simply buried by irrelevant results - it is hard to know.
Finally, I went to Worldcat and found the book I wanted. Found that FamilySearch DOES have the book. Clicking on the link takes me to the Koha library page. It does not tell me if the book has been digitized and available for viewing online or in print. So it is back to the Books search to see if I can find it. It should not take me an hour of searching to find this book in the Books search. Is there a disconnect between what is in the "Books" versus what is in the "Library". I am not sure I understand the separation or reasoning behind this.
I could find the book in 5 seconds using the Catalog.
I am a librarian and have worked with proper library catalog records using catalogs with either Zebra or ElasticSearch. Both indexing systems will return relevant search results. I can't really tell what the Books search is doing other than random keyword searches. Without the ability to tell the system what to search or how to search, the results will always be random and irrelevant. This could be tremendously improved for better user experience.