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  • 1. Bridging the gap from Wikipedia to scholarly sources: oneSearch bookmarklet BARBARA ARNETT WEB SERVICES LIBRARIAN VALERIE FORRESTALCOMMUNICATIONS & NEW MEDIA STRATEGIES LIBRARIAN STEVENS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
  • 2. Discovery tool project: Key questions:  How do you prompt students to use scholarly sources for research?  What if they could search the library’s subscription databases without having to go through the library website?  How do you create a bridge between common student research sources, such as Wikipedia, and the library’s collections?
  • 3. Solution Solution: Cross-browser compatible bookmarklet (inspired by bit.ly, etc) + Summon (Serials Solutions Discovery Service) Bookmarklet = Bookmark + Applet  small program run from your browser’s favorites menu  Easy to install (drag-and-drop)  OS/browser independent  Only runs when clicked, so it doesn’t slow down your computer like some browser add-ons
  • 4. Browser use at Stevens Library website605040 Internet Explorer30 Firefox Safari20 Chrome100 2009 2010 2011
  • 5. Inspiration: Bit.ly bookmarklet
  • 6. How students use the Bookmarklet
  • 7. Install page
  • 8. Bookmarklet in browser
  • 9. Search prompt
  • 10. Search results
  • 11. Usage Statistics
  • 12. How libraries can set up a Bookmarklet
  • 13. Parts of the Bookmarklet: 1 – HTML : display bookmarklet on your webpage  Contains the JavaScript that sits in the bookmarklet (in user’s browser) 2 – JavaScript: on your server  sits in search.js, referenced in bookmarklet HTML  Google Analytics tracking + Prompt box for user to edit search terms (uses the Page Title for initial search terms)  Executes search and returns results in federated search or catalog 3 – CSS: make it pretty  Optional (places button image under link)  Can be inline or separate stylesheet
  • 14. JavaScript code in bookmarklet: this executes JavaScript in a file that resides on our web serverjavascript:(function(){document.body.appendChild(document.createElement (script)).src=http://www.stevens.edu/library/js/search.js;})();
  • 15. Javascript in http://www.stevens.edu/library/js/search.js--{// ***************** Google analytics code BEGIN *******************// var _gaq = _gaq || []; _gaq.push([_setAccount, UA-18930XXX-1]); _gaq.push([_trackPageview]); (function() { var ga = document.createElement(script); ga.type = text/javascript; ga.async = true; ga.src = (https: == document.location.protocol ? https://ssl : http://www) + .google- analytics.com/ga.js; var s = document.getElementsByTagName(script)[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ga, s); })();// ***************** Google analytics code END *******************// var Ti=document.title.replace(- Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia,); void(Ti=prompt(Edit search terms:,Ti)); if(Ti) { var searchString=http://stevens.summon.serialssolutions.com/search?s.q=+(Ti); window.location.href=searchString; }}
  • 16. Hasn’t this been done before? Catalog search bookmarklet (Indiana State University)  Added functionality – code on our server, no version updates for the user to install  Uses federated search to retrieve all types of information Libx toolbar  Add-ons / extensions can slow down browser, bookmarklet only executes / uses resources when clicked  Can be used in all browsers (Chrome, Safari, Firefox, IE) Bookmarklet:  Manage code updates easily  No memory hogging
  • 17. Results Analytics tell us:  Number of clicks  Where clicking from University of Michigan  http://www.lib.umich.edu/mlibrary-labs/articlesplus-quick-search-bookmarklet
  • 18. Next steps: Have students install bookmarklet in all info lit classes (laptops are required.) Place oneSearch button in library website footer, so it’s easy to find and accessible from any page on our site. Campus-wide announcement (email) in September 2011. After roll-out and promotion, compare Fall 2011 usage stats for key databases vs. Fall 2009/2010. Edit Google Analytics code to track search terms (anonymously.)
  • 19. More info:Contact: Barbara Arnett: barnett@stevens.edu Valerie Forrestal: valerie.forrestal@stevens.eduDetails: Instructions available at: http://bit.ly/LibTech11 Server-side code: http://www.stevens.edu/library/js/search.js