Monthly archives: January, 2009

Do you really want to create world class library website?

If you want to improve you library’s website look at what the leaders in the field are doing. Here is a list of websites that I believe are leaders. 2advanced.com created Belmont Abbey College avenue-a razorfish created NYTimes CNN US News and World Report 3rd Edge Communications created ORBIS International HelloDesign created Wilshire Boulevard UnifiedField …

Lonely, scared and bitter

I saw this on Seth Godin’s blog and just loved the image. On a daily basis where are you?

Sirsi/Sopac: Part 17 User Account

Today I fixed a bug on the fines piece of the code. It was throwing an error when the patron had zero fines. This has been corrected. I have seen some talk on the Drupal library listserver about getting patron data onto Drupal from a Sirsi system, so here is a picture of my patron …

Sirsi/Sopac Part 16 Item types

Today I am looking at item types. Things such as books, magazines etc… and having the ability to search on these types. John has abstracted these out in the locum.ini file and you are going to have to go in and make some changes. Below is what I did. I have commented out John’s code …

PINs and Self-Check machines at the ACPL

embedded by Embedded VideoYouTube Direkt I created this video as a PSA. It used a light kit that I created for about $50 and a SD video camera. I  used the built-in  microphone. I used Windows Movie Maker as the editing tool. I filmed everything in just one take so that simplified the editing process. …

Sirsi/Sopac Part 15

Today Tim and I have been trying to figure out why the Reviews Section was not working. The gotcha is in the insurge.ini file. There were two variables group_id and group_key. The default values were larger than the database fields caused truncation to occur.  We when in and set our own values and then went …

Things I learnt from Obama today

I am always on the look out for solutions to reoccurring problems. In a recent Time magazine Obama was asked if he ever got angry at his staff. His reply was that guilt was a far more effective tool than anger. Expressing disappointment seems a far less destructive emotion than anger and it is probably …

Ask a Librarian redesign

There are ideas that resonant with you and over time and become values. Last year I heard Jenny Levine talk about meeting patrons at their point of need. We were able to correctly identify certain places where this was possible and results have been overwhelmingly successful. David Lee King talked last year about the “User …

Adding a spell checking module to the catalog

I have just discovered a spelling checking module that can be added to the catalog. It is called Lucien and you can check out their website at  http://www.jaunter.com/. We will be testing this service next week on the test system and then hopefully fasting tracking this into production. If you would like to see how …

Sirsi/Sopac Part 14

I have been looking at trying to figure out how to add pickup locations to my code. The solution ended up being pretty easy. Just activate the profile.module. Don’t worry if you have already gotten this far you had to have activated it. Now take a look at this video embedded by Embedded VideoYouTube Direkt …