Cosi Opac Tweaks

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Updated version of the presentation given in the "Pimp your OPAC" session at COSI 2009 Conference

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Cosi Opac Tweaks

  1. 1. A Hipper HIP Dave Pattern, Library Systems Manager University of Huddersfield d.c.pattern@hud.ac.uk
  2. 2. Preamble • Presentation available at: – www.slideshare.net/daveyp/ • Please remix and reuse this presentation – creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0 • Have you remembered to switch your phone on? – please feel free take photos, record audio, blog, tweet (@daveyp #cosi2009), etc
  3. 3. Contents • Spellchecker • xISBN • Google Book Search • ticTOCs • …and more?
  4. 4. Spell checker • All OPAC keyword searches were monitored over a six month period • Approx 23% of searches gave zero results – 74 people entered “renew” as a keyword(!) • Users expect suggestions and prompts, not “dead end” pages
  5. 5. Spell checker
  6. 6. Implementing a spellchecker • GNU Aspell – http://aspell.net/ – http://aspell.net/win32/ – http://search.cpan.org/dist/Text-Aspell/ • Yahoo Web Services – Spelling Suggestion – http://tinyurl.com/yahooss
  7. 7. Implementing a spellchecker bethovn
  8. 8. Other editions
  9. 9. Other editions • Uses web services provided by OCLC and LibraryThing to locate other editions and related works within local holdings – www.oclc.org/research/projects/xisbn/ – www.librarything.com/api
  10. 10. Other editions
  11. 11. Email alerts
  12. 12. RSS feeds
  13. 13. RSS feeds
  14. 14. RSS feeds
  15. 15. Getting XML from HIP
  16. 16. Getting XML from HIP • Add the following to the end of the web page URL: &GetXML=true
  17. 17. Getting XML from HIP
  18. 18. Google Book Search
  19. 19. ticTOCs
  20. 20. ticTOCs
  21. 21. Virtual shelf browser
  22. 22. Item usage

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