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Leveraging Open Source Library Guides: Integrating Koha and SubjectsPlus

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Presentation for KohaCon 2018 examining the potential of integrating open source library guides from SubjectsPlus with Koha

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Leveraging Open Source Library Guides: Integrating Koha and SubjectsPlus

  1. 1. Leveraging Open Source Library Guides: Integrating Koha and SubjectsPlus
  2. 2. Overview ▪ What is SubjectsPlus? ▪ Displaying content from Koha in SubjectsPlus ▪ Displaying content from SubjectsPlus in Koha ▪ Discussion and Brainstorm 2
  3. 3. 1. What is SubjectsPlus? Open Source Library Guides and Content Management System
  4. 4. Out-of-the-Box Features ▪ Research Guides: drag and drop content boxes, tabbed divisions ▪ Staff List/Directory ▪ Resource List: A-Z databases and more ▪ Frequently Asked Questions ▪ Feedback/Talkback system ▪ Video management: organize and display videos uploaded to YouTube or Vimeo 4
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  6. 6. Features Requiring Setup/Customization ▪ Responsive CSS design – requires CSS coding to customize ▪ Installer & updater ▪ API ▪ “Pluslet” system 6
  7. 7. Development Status ▪ Primary development team: University of Miami Libraries Andrew Darby, project lead ▪ General Roadmap: 1. “SPLux” – improve theming, nicer default theme 2. “SPGuts” – rehaul underlying architecture, likely move to JS framework 7
  8. 8. Where to Find SubjectsPlus ▪ Info - http://subjectsplus.com/ ▪ Wiki - http://subjectsplus.com/wiki2/index.php?t itle=Main_Page ▪ GitHub - https://github.com/subjectsplus/Subjects Plus 8
  9. 9. “ My only tip would be to try to install the codebase via Git, if possible. There might be some short term pain, but it will make updating less painful. 9 Andrew Darby
  10. 10. 2. Koha → SubjectsPlus
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  12. 12. Configuration for linking to Koha ▪ Open String: https://yourOPAC.org/cgi-bin/koha/opac- search.pl?idx=su&q= ▪ Open String Keyword: https://yourOPAC.org/cgi-bin/koha/opac- search.pl?q= ▪ OpenStringCallNumber: https://yourOPAC.org/cgi-bin/koha/opac- search.pl?idx=callnum&q= ▪ Open String Bib: https://yourOPAC.org/ cgi-bin/koha/opac- detail.pl?biblionumber= 12
  13. 13. RSS Pluslet → Display Search or Public List Feed 1. Navigate to a public list or configure a search with all parameters in Koha’s OPAC 2. Copy the RSS feed URL 3. Click and drag the RSS Pluslet into a guide 4. Paste the URL, adjust settings, and save 13
  14. 14. 14 RSS Feed from Search RSS Feed from Public List Additional CSS styling in the theme would improve the appearance of feeds
  15. 15. Ideas for Further Development ▪ Create customizable Pluslets for Koha libraries □ Catalog Search □ Koha RSS Feeds □ Course Reserves Display ▪ Basic guidelines available in the SubjectsPlus wiki 15
  16. 16. 3. SubjectsPlus → Koha
  17. 17. Why Display SP content in Koha? ▪ Consistent branding and styling ▪ Streamlined user experience ▪ Authentication pathways 17
  18. 18. SubjectsPlus API ▪ Unique API security key available in the site configuration page ▪ Queries can be output as XML or JSON ▪ What can be queried □ Guides □ Databases (aka resources) □ Staff □ Talkback 18
  19. 19. Koha: Local Use system preference to display databases via SP API 19
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  21. 21. Linking Course Guides in Course Reserves ▪ Use public note field to embed guide URL 21
  22. 22. Ideas for Further Development ▪ Plugins for SubjectsPlus users □ Create pages from SP API □ Guides Search □ Additional field(s) in Course Reserves to make cross-linking easier □ Display course guide content with Course Reserves 22
  23. 23. Discussion & Brainstorm Other ideas for further development and thoughts on SubjectsPlus and Koha integrations? 23
  24. 24. 24 Thanks! Any questions? ▪ Myka Kennedy Stephens ▪ mkstephens@lancasterseminary.edu ▪ https://mission-information.org Presentation template by SlidesCarnival

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