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Building Cohesive Library Services. Karen A. Coombs Amanda Hollister. Agenda. Who we are Challenges Potential technological solutions Aesthetically creating a consistent look Integrating Content from Disparate Systems Lessons Learned. Who We Are.

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building cohesive library services

Building Cohesive Library Services

Karen A. Coombs

Amanda Hollister

  • Who we are
  • Challenges
  • Potential technological solutions
  • Aesthetically creating a consistent look
  • Integrating Content from Disparate Systems
  • Lessons Learned
who we are
Who We Are
  • Shared web responsibilities at SUNY Cortland
  • Originally one person in charge of web site
  • Too many duties for one person so duties split
    • Web-based systems
    • Library web site
  • Disparate systems
    • ILLiad, Docutek, SFX, OPAC
  • Different vendors
    • Atlas, Sirsi,ExLibris, Serial Solutions
  • Distributed servers
  • Diverse content
  • Different ways for users to authenticate
potential technological solutions
Potential Technological Solutions
  • XML
  • Federated Search
  • OpenURL
  • OLDB/ODBC connections
  • APIs
    • XML Servers
aesthetically creating a consistent look
Aesthetically creating a Consistent Look
  • Consistent navigation elements
  • CSS
  • Server Side Includes
  • Branding
  • Include both print and web documents
consistent design elements
Consistent Design Elements
  • Color Scheme
  • Fonts
  • Logo
adding site design elements to external systems
Adding Site Design Elements to External Systems
  • ILLiad
  • WebOPAC
    • Before
    • After
  • Docutek
  • Library Databases
  • SFX
integrating content from disparate systems
Integrating Content from Disparate Systems
  • Periodical Holdings
    • Export Local holdings to include in list
    • Connect to OPAC API to link to holdings page
    • This how the ILS target in our OpenURL resolver should work!
  • Unified My Account page
    • Items check out from ILS
    • ILL items from ILLiad
  • Citation Linker from SFX
incorporating the opac
Incorporating the OPAC
  • Adding a catalog search box to library homepage
    • Users get taken to search results within the catalog
    • Search boxes on pages for specific collections
  • Incorporating OPAC data on library page
    • New Books Lists
      • Pull data from catalog
      • Format and display on library web site
      • Create RSS feed
lessons learned
Lessons Learned
  • How closed is the system you are purchasing?
    • Will the vendor let you have access to database behind the scenes?
    • Is there an API you can use to access data?
    • Can you get an export of your data at any time?
  • Think ahead about how you are going to connect data from one system to another
    • Try to use the same user id throughout