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Exposing Tech Lending Device Availability Data

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5 minute lightning session for Triangle Research Libraries Network 2012 annual meeting

5 minute lightning session for Triangle Research Libraries Network 2012 annual meeting

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  • 1. Exposing TechLendingDeviceAvailabilityDataCharlie MorrisNCSU Libraries Fellowcharlie_morris@ncsu.edu
  • 2. Initial scope£ Started as a project to Drupalize the Libraries’ devices £ Migrate content from “htdocs” £ Bring order for better findability £ Create uniformity and consistency £ Make maintenance easy £ Emphasize important information for users£ What’s important? What would better order look like? etc...
  • 3. Drupalize and present availability data
  • 4. D. H. Hill TechLending£ 100+ laptops (Mac and PC)£ 50+ iPads (Gen 1 and Gen 2)£ Many other devices£ Most circulated items in catalog£ One of the most frequently asked questions by patrons: “how many X are there?”
  • 5. Sirsi Web Service 25
  • 6. Sirsi Web Service 25XML feeds Feeds module Web pages Feed Importers Eboards1 feed per devicetype and location Feeds xQuery(catkey) module Custom Content Type: Devices Views Cron (every 2 min)
  • 7. Laptop aggregate indicator
  • 8. Drilling down to a model
  • 9. By iPad generation
  • 10. Eboard display
  • 11. Next steps£ Add more devices and locations£ Redesign user interface for tech lending landing pages£ Create more eboards£ Establish relationships among devices and pages on site£ Thinking about: £ Present on mobile? £ Provide user feedback/interaction mechanisms?