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HKUL My Library Outlook Addin. CHOI KY & KU KM HKU Libraries. Why we did it?. Starting September 2005, we no longer stamp due dates on books or other materials checked out from the University Libraries. ‘ I have not received any reminder from you. You MUST waive my fine!’. Why developed?.

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hkul my library outlook addin

HKUL My Library Outlook Addin


HKU Libraries

why we did it
Why we did it?

Starting September 2005, we no longer stamp due dates on books or other materials checked out from the University Libraries.

‘ I have not received any reminder from you. You MUST waive my fine!’

why developed
Why developed?

It was a part of the PDA@hand project ;

It was a project in Dec 2005

To ‘push’ overdue information/HKUL events to their PDAs/MP3s

Why OutLook?

Almost ALL PDAs/MP3s use Outlook as an agent for PIM Synchronization.


Nov 2002 -- MyLibrary Portal

  • Oct 2003 – MyLibrary@Hand

Circulation record on Palm

  • Nov 2004

Circulation record on PocketPC (beta)

  • Nov 2005

MyLibrary Outlook Addin

  • Oct2006

MyLibrary Outlook Addin

  • Oct 2006
      • Tested Innovative’s ‘My Record Feed’
      • it only shows “X Materials due soon" without showing the due date and information of each item
      • NOT USEFUL!
how to get circulation info
How to get circulation info?


  • By doing review file periodically ;

Cons: not real-time; overloads III server

  • Mashup (web 2.0 terminology!!!!)

Cons: not a formal method to obtain information; it doesn’t work whenever webpac changes


A Servlet to simulate user’s access to ‘view circulation record’<XXXXX>&PASS=<YYYY>&ACTION=DATEBOOK

why hack into iii system
Why ‘hack’ into III system?

III is a closed system ;

Difficult to get useful information to build apps ;

The only ‘interface (API)’ to III’s data is ‘review file’ & PatronAPI ($$$$) ;

We want to do more , but how?

facebook s experience
FaceBook’s experience

Facebook provides an excellent case study here.

Facebook becomes famous and hot after they released their API to public;

A lot of people (not exactly programmers) have built thousands of apps shared among users;

a US$15billion company !

can innovative become another facebook
Can Innovative become another Facebook?
  • YES, if and only if Innovative :
    • releases APIfreely ;
    • Opens their System ;
    • Helps IUG members to develop Apps;
    • Encourages IUG members to share their Apps;
further development
Further development
  • It was a 2005 project ; It works on Outlook 2002, 2003, 2007 under Windows .NET framework 1.1 (current version is 3.X)
  • Rewrite entirely the addin for Outlook 2007  Human resource ?
  • Recommendations:
    • Use iCalendar protocol instead
    • DO NOT miss Mr. LI Yiu-On ’s presentation tomorrow
hkul mylibrary outlook addin screen captures
HKUL MyLibrary Outlook Addin Screen Captures
  • Installation
    • MSI package
  • Features
    • Calendar Events
    • Alerts
  • Supports on variety platforms
    • Microsoft Windows 2000, XP, Vista

(Dot NET Framework 1.1 required)

    • Microsoft Outlook 2000, XP, 2003, 2007