Intents Catalog Extensions


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Slides from the Tri-State College Library Cooperative (TCLC) Summer Camp 2009, outlining setting up search boxes into the library catalog and creating RSS feeds from catalogs using

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Intents Catalog Extensions

  1. 1. In-Tents Catalog Extensions Your presenter: Lianne Hartman
  2. 2. Agenda • Overview of catalog search boxes • Hands-on search box exercises • Short break • Overview of RSS from the catalog • Follow-along exercise in • Taking it all back to your library
  3. 3. Catalog Search Boxes • Search the catalog from the library’s website • Customize to search a specific collection or area • Juvenile • DVDs • Special collection • Another location
  4. 4. One less hoop Advanced search options are confusing Why make barriers to our resources? What’s the difference between format and type? Flickr user skycaptaintwo
  5. 5. Let’s Make Our Own • On the desktop, double-click the TCLC University link to open our test library page in Firefox • Minimize this page • In the Start menu, go to Accessories and open TextPad • In TextPad, choose File-Open and open TCLCUniversity.html from the desktop
  6. 6. Fun with Forms • Scroll down to the <FORM> tags. This is the code that creates the search box • Let’s look at the 4-6 lines that make up this code • Find the base URL for your catalog at:
  7. 7. Connect to the Catalog • Replace the web address beginning with with the address of YOUR library’s catalog • After .edu/ make sure that you have the correct gobbly-gook from your handout • Decide if you want the results to open in the same (top) or new (blank) window
  8. 8. Adding parameters • We can also tell the catalog to search in a particular location or for a specific item type • These are located in <input> tags, but they can be hidden from the user • Some examples (these are library- dependent) • item_type=DVD • library=AV-Library
  9. 9. How to find parameters • Open your catalog advanced search page and go to Edit - View Page Source • Find in the page source the labels for libraries, locations, item types, formats, etc. • You will need both halves of the equation
  10. 10. Setting the input • The input is what the user types into the box. Each catalog vendor calls the search something different • Sirsi: searchdata1 • Sirsi (Info. Portal): term1 • TLC: SearchData
  11. 11. Moment of Truth • Once you’ve altered the form to fit your library, save it • Open the minimized TCLC University website and click on Reload • Test your form (cross fingers) Flickr user kygp • Not working right? Minimize and go back to your TextPad file
  12. 12. This is in-tents Let’s take a break!
  13. 13. Catalog RSS feeds • How can you use these? • Put titles on your website direct from your catalog • Put new books for a specific search on a subject guide/course page • Allow faculty to subscribe to catalog feeds
  14. 14. • Give a URL and select what you want included in an RSS feed from that page • No coding required - all highlighting and selecting.
  15. 15. Let’s Try It!
  16. 16. Publishing your RSS • Once you have your Dapp created, try a different keyword (Set Input) • Copy and Paste the URL for your RSS feed into • Copy and Paste your TinyURL into the TCLC University file in TextPad (down in the iFrame), replacing the exisiting
  17. 17. Thank you! • All of the files from today will be on the TCLC website: • I’m also happy to answer questions over email: