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  • Help Your Library Be Omnipresent without Spending a Dime
    Nina McHale, Assistant Professor/Web Librarian
    University of Colorado Denver ∙ Auraria Library
    nina.mchale@ucdenver.edu
    Computers in Libraries 2009
  • The Embedded, Widget-ized Library
    • iPhone library app
    • Vendor-created widgets View slide
    • iGoogle gadgets View slide
    • Social networking sites for libraries
    All of these nifty tools are OUR creations; can we share the love?
  • The Idea: Flickr Badge Creator
  • Steal this code! Please!
    Let’s “give it away, now” to our users to remix our source code for their own customized applications
    Where “stolen” code can be used:
    Course management systems (BlackBoard, eCollege)
    Personal web pages
    MySpace/Facebook pages
    iGoogle gadgets
    Any place people can cut and paste HTML
  • But Nina…
    “Our patrons aren’t web programmers. They won’t get how to do this.”
    It’s as easy as Ctrl + V
    “Isn’t this risky, putting our code out there for the masses to see?”
    Check with your IT folks, but this will likely be the same information that anyone can get from a web browser by viewing the source code
    “EVERYone will start using our stuff!”
    Authentication will stop anyone who’s not supposed to have access
    Ummm…so what? Isn’t that why it’s there?
  • Creating a “Steal This Code” Tool
    Decide what kind of widget code chunks you want to offer, for example:
    Catalog
    Databases (with federated search product)
    Combo catalog and databases (with federated search product)
    Web-based/IM chat
    Plan web page layout of widgets and code “generator” textarea (all on one page? Separate pages?)
    Provide an exact working example of the widget so that people know exactly what they’re getting
    Use the textarea HTML element with the JavaScript onfocus event to post your code chunks
  • Your Mileage May Vary…
    Products in use at Auraria Library:
    OPAC: Innovative Interfaces Millenium
    Federated search: Serials Solutions, 360 Search
    IM chat: Libraryh3lp + Pidgin
    Course management systems: eCollege .NExT
    Code examples in this presentation are specific to these products
    When in doubt, check with your web folksto get the correct HTML snippets for your resources
    View the source code of:
    http://library.auraria.edu/guides/general/searchboxes.html
  • The Magic of HTML Forms:Simple Catalog Search
  • The Magic of HTML Forms: Simple Catalog Search
    <form action="http://skyline.cudenver.edu/search~/" method="post">
    Find a Book at the Auraria Library:
    <select name="searchtype2">
    <option value="t">Title</option>
    <option value="a">Author</option>
    <option value="X">Keyword</option>
    <option value="d">Subject</option>
    </select>
    <input type="text" size="17" maxlength="75" name="searcharg2" />
    <input type="hidden" name="SORT2" value="D" />
    <input name="Submit" value="go" type="submit" />
    </form>
  • Add the textarea and onfocus…(bold here for emphasis)
    <textarea name="skyline" cols="50" onfocus="select();">
    <form action="http://skyline.cudenver.edu/search~/" method="post">
    Find a Book at the Auraria Library:
    <select name="searchtype2">
    <option value="t">Title</option>
    <option value="a">Author</option>
    <option value="X">Keyword</option>
    <option value="d">Subject</option>
    </select>
    <input type="text" size="17" maxlength="75" name="searcharg2" />
    <input type="hidden" name="SORT2" value="D" />
    <input name="Submit" value="go" type="submit" />
    </form>
    </textarea>
  • The Magic of HTML Forms:Combined Catalog/Database Search
  • The Magic of HTML Forms:Combined Catalog/Database Search
    <form action="http://0-TB4CZ3EN3E.cs.serialssolutions.com.skyline.cudenver.edu/resultFrameset.jsp"
    name="searchForm" method="post" target="new">
    <input value="TB4CZ3EN3E" name="SS_LibHash" type="hidden" />
    <input value="default" name="catGroupList" type="hidden" />
    <input name="searchBy" type="hidden" value="Category" />
    <input value="title" name="field" type="hidden" />
    <input type="hidden" name="dbID" value=”WEB" /> <!--Skyline Catalog-->
    <input type="hidden" name="dbID" value="EAP" /> <!--Academic Search Premier-->
    <input type="hidden" name="dbID" value="IAO" /> <!--Academic OneFile-->
    <input type="hidden" name="dbID" value="LXU" /> <!--LexisNexis Academic-->
    <div class="SSCentralSearchSearchTerm">
    <span class="SSCentralSearchSearchCriteria">Search the Auraria Library for Books and Articles:
    <input class="SSCentralSearchSearchCriteria" maxlength="1000" size="25" name="term" type="text" value="" />
    </span>
    <span class="SSCentralSearchSearchTermSubmit">
    <input class="SSCentralSearchSearchTermSubmit" value="go" type="submit" />
    </span>
    </div>
    </form>
  • Examples:
    Auraria Library “Steal This Code!” page
    University of Colorado Denver eCollege Early Literacy Instruction course page
    University of Minnesota Duluth “Widgets and Tools” page
    University of Minnesota Duluth, “Link Widget” page
  • Examples: Auraria Library
  • Example: University of Minnesota Duluth
  • Some Things to Consider
    Make sure to offer a means of receiving help with the widget code, such as an email link/form
    Place and link to the tool as appropriate
    Include it/link to it in high-traffic areas on your site
    Examples: How-to guides, audience portals, etc.
    Advertise the service
    Include in library newsletters, blogs, etc.
    Be prepared for success…
    If you are making code for a chat widget widely available within a campus course management system like BlackBoard, the staff who monitor chat queues should probably know about it…
  • Reasons to Give it Away, Now
    Platform-independent; users inject the code into their own online resources
    Low-tech, easy-to-create web page can provide a multitude of options to extend our reach beyond environments that we control
    Provides fun opportunities for outreach
    “Steal This Code!” debuted as part of a concurrent session at CUOnline Spring Symposium in May 2008
  • Links from this Presentation
    Flickr Badge Generator:
    http://www.flickr.com/badge.gne
    Auraria Library “Steal This Code!” Page
    http://library.auraria.edu/guides/general/searchboxes.html
    University of Minnesota Duluth “Widgets” Pages
    http://www.d.umn.edu/lib/widgets/
    http://www.d.umn.edu/lib/widgets/dropdown/index.htm
  • Contact Information
    Nina McHale, Assistant Professor, Web Librarian
    nina.mchale@ucdenver.edu
    http://library.auraria.edu/~nmchale/