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Our Small Library Story. The Madigan Library has 1 Librarian in charge of Digital Initiatives and 2 FT Virtual Resources Staff Minimum customization to our ILS Not much time for developing new projects Limited programming experience. How do we make our opac more relevant to today’s users?.

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Our Small Library Story

  • The Madigan Library has 1 Librarian in charge of Digital Initiatives and 2 FT Virtual Resources Staff
  • Minimum customization to our ILS
  • Not much time for developing new projects
  • Limited programming experience
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Two kinds of promotions we’ll be discussing today

1. Bring them to your catalog

2. Bring your catalog to them

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Bring them to your catalog

Use Symphony’s or Unicorn’s tools to lead users to your catalog via promotions, subject guides, bibliographies, etc.

Some examples of the tools available to you:

  • Custom search urls
  • Item categories
  • Item types
  • MARC fields
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Bring them to your catalog

Custom Search URLs

(also called External URLs)

A custom search url is a url that you construct that makes a link into an “on-the-fly” search for a specific item type, category, keyword, etc.

These URLs can then be used in web sites to provide users with an easy to use, seamless link into your OPAC

You do the work for your user!

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Bring them to your catalog

Examples of how we’ve used custom search URLs at PCT

  • A link to materials in the OPAC of 1 item type
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Bring them to your catalog

Examples of how we’ve used custom search URLs at PCT

  • A link to materials in the OPAC of 1 item type
  • 1. Books on CD for Summer Travel Promotion
  • http://proteus.pct.edu/uhtbin/cgisirsi/x/0/0/5/X?item_type=CD-DISC
  • Url used included in promotional email sent to all faculty & staff at the end of the Spring Semester
  • Url does not need to be updated to use again at Holiday Travel time
  • Url can be incorporated into a small image in email so user only has to click the image to go to the OPAC list
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Bring them to your catalog

Examples of how we’ve used custom search URLs at PCT

  • A link to materials in the OPAC of 1 item type
  • Books on CD for Summer Travel Promotion
  • Roll out for Video on Demand titles
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Bring them to your catalog

Examples of how we’ve used custom search URLs at PCT

  • A link to materials in the OPAC of 1 item type
  • Links to specific books
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From the Madigan Library Website:

Bring them to your catalog

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Bring your catalog to them

Each thumbnail cover is a link to the record for that title.

  • http://proteus.pct.edu/uhtbin/cgisirsi/X/0/0/5/0?&searchdata1=0393061728
  • custom url using ISBN
  • linked to thumbnail image of scanned book cover
  • CSS use of divs <div class=thumbnail> to create “look” of each title image, text and link
  • must manually update page & scan images
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Bring your catalog to them

Examples of how we’ve used custom search URLs at PCT

  • A link to materials in the OPAC of 1 item type
  • Links to specific books
  • Using item categories for displays
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Bring your catalog to them

From the Madigan Library Website:

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Bring them to your catalog

Examples of how we’ve used custom search URLs at PCT

  • A link to materials in the OPAC of 1 item type
  • Links to specific books
  • Using item categories for displays
  • Use link on our library homepage “Featured Events section
  • Use link in our online campus newsletter to reach students
  • Use link in emails to interested faculty
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Bring them to your catalog

Examples of how we’ve used custom search URLs at PCT

  • A link to materials in the OPAC of 1 item type
  • Links to specific books
  • Links to materials in an item category for displays
  • Links to materials in an item category for an always-current bibliography
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Bring them to your catalog

From the faculty page:

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Bring your catalog to them

  • http://proteus.pct.edu/uhtbin/cgisirsi/X/0/0/5/0?&item_2cat=GAMES_IND
  • custom url using item category 2
  • provides a list that is always current
  • link can be emailed to a professor at a moment’s notice
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Bring your catalog to them

Examples of how we’ve used custom search URLs at PCT

  • A link to materials in the OPAC of 1 item type
  • Links to specific books
  • Links to materials in an item category for displays
  • Links to materials in an item category for a always current bibliography
  • Links to materials by MARC fields
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Bring your catalog to them

From the Madigan Library Website:

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Bring your catalog to them

  • http://proteus.pct.edu/uhtbin/cgisirsi/x/0/0/5?searchdata1=LS{T594}
  • We have put the fund code (by subject) into the local note field 594
  • Periodical lists are always current
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Bring your catalog to them

Another promotional idea:

Turn on the “search ebooks only” feature

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Turn on the “search e-books only” feature

  • It’s a simple on/off choice in your sys.env file under the “Electronic Book Configuration” area
  • It works with up to 5 item types (E-BOOK, E-REF)
  • Our e-books stats went up 33% after we did this
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Bring your catalog to them

Put your catalog in places where your users are going.

Some examples of places you can put your catalog:

  • iGoogle
  • Amazon
  • IMDb
  • CMS
  • Blogs
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Bring your catalog to them

A personalized, self-designed google page upon which you can choose custom content.

Easy to create modules or nuggets that you can promote to your users

Put yourself right on your users’ iGoogle page!

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Bring your catalog to them

In an iGoogle page

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Bring your catalog to them

A userscript for Firefox users that creates a link inside an Amazon book details page that checks to see if the specific title is available at your library.

Put yourself right in Amazon!

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Bring your catalog to them

Modified from the LION Library Lookup Script

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Bring your catalog to them

IMDb – Madigan Library Search 1.0

A userscript for Firefox users that creates a link inside an IMDb movie details page that checks to see if the specific title is available at your library.

Put yourself right in IMDb!

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Bring them to your catalog

  • Similar to the Amazon Library Lookup:
    • Uses Firefox
    • Repository in userscripts.org
    • Requires greasemonkey
    • Adapted from existing script
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Bring your catalog to them

Yahoo

  • Create a customized RSS feed for your catalog using an external url
    • Use anywhere you want an RSS Feed
    • Create a badge to put on website
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Bring your catalog to them

  • Use an external url to create an RSS feed in Dapper
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Bring your catalog to them

  • Choose the content you want in the feed
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Bring your catalog to them

  • Use the dapper-created RSS feed as your source in Yahoo Pipes
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Bring your catalog to them

  • Use pipe as is. People can add to their iGoogle or Feedreader
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Bring your catalog to them

  • Create as a badge and imbed in blog, website, etc.
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Promoting these tools

Have a place where all your tools, widgets, gadgets, scripts, etc. are available

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Promoting these tools

Have a place where all your tools, widgets, gadgets, scripts, etc. are available

2. Use in emails, promotional postings, etc.

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Promoting these tools

Have a place where all your tools, widgets, gadgets, scripts, etc. are available

2. Use in emails, promotional postings, etc.

3. Talk about them formally, in sessions, classes, etc. and informally in talking with your colleagues, users, etc.

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Tools I’ve Used

  • Flickr
    • Flickr.com
    • requires a yahoo account
    • use to imbed images into emails, websites, etc.
    • can give you an image in thumbnail, small, medium, large size
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Tools I’ve Used

  • iGoogle Gadget
    • Create custom content gadgets for iGoogle
    • portable into other places as well
    • www.google.com/ig/gmchoices?hl=en
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Tools I’ve Used

  • Greasemonkey
    • Allows users to install scripts that make on-the-fly changes to specific web pages
    • useful for creating a multitude of custom scripts
    • https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/748
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Tools I’ve Used

  • Userscripts.org
    • A repository of user-created scripts to install, inspire & share
    • useful for creating a multitude of custom scripts
    • userscripts.org/
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Tools I’ve Used

  • Yahoo Pipes
    • An interactive feed aggregator and manipulator.
    • A repository of user-created pipes to inspire, copy & share
    • pipes.yahoo.com
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Tools I’ve Used

  • Dapper, the data mapper
    • Create an RSS feed from a URL
    • Customize what content you want in feed
    • Use in another service like Yahoo Pipes
    • www.dapper.net
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Tools To Watch

  • Trixie for IE7
    • Trixie is to Internet Explorer as Greasemonkey is to Firefox.
    • It lets you remix the Web via scripts.
    • www.bhelpuri.net/Trixie/
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Most Important Things I’ve learned

Try anything

Ask questions from others already using it

See if there’s anything out there similar to what you want, then go from there

Don’t give up. Go back later

You can’t break it

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For more information, contact:

Tracey Amey

  • Digital Initiatives Librarian
  • Madigan Library
  • Pennsylvania College of Technology
  • Williamsport, PA
  • 570.320.2400

home.pct.edu/~tamey

aim: traceyamey

email: tamey@pct.edu

phone: x3701

A pdf of this presentation is available at:

http://home.pct.edu/~tamey/presentations/cool_opac_tools.pdf