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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

CHOI KY & KU KM

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.

development
Development

Nov 2002 -- MyLibrary Portal

development6
Development
  • Oct 2003 – MyLibrary@Hand

Circulation record on Palm

  • Nov 2004

Circulation record on PocketPC (beta)

  • Nov 2005

MyLibrary Outlook Addin

  • Oct2006

MyLibrary Outlook Addin

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Development
  • 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?

Either

  • 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

mashup
Mashup

A Servlet to simulate user’s access to ‘view circulation record’

http://wireless.lib.hku.hk:8080/palmgw/index.jsp?USER=&PASS=&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
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