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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 [youtube Vd6Qklh13Ss] I have a …

Sirsi/Sopac Part 13

Today’s bug fix is writing another webservice to handle the conversion between item numbers and catkey. It is called catkeys.pl. Since the data is searchable on catkey numbers all objects that just have the item number need to be converted. This fixes the problem on the MY Holds and  My Checkouts. These links now work …

Sirsi/SOPAC Part 12

Today I am working on the code for hold and copy counts. I needed to write a new webservice called item_keys.pl. It basically takes the catkey and returns all the item keys. I then go count those items that are available and on hold. You can see the results.

Internet Librarian video 2009

Last year Kay and I gave a presentation at the Internet Librarian (IL) conference in Monterey. Our goal was to give a presentation and to create a video all within 50 minutes. We managed to do this with the help of the audience. We wanted to create a video that promoted IL 2009 and captured …

Sirsi/SOPAC Part 11

Sirsi Unicorn has a interesting feature where they give an approximation of your fines. I am sure that there is a very good reason for this but it has caused me some problems. Today I have coded around this feature and in the My Account you can how see how many items you have checked …

Sirsi/SOPAC Part 10

Spent most of the morning just cleaning up the code and removing all extraneous code and then started to think about hold status information Getting the status of an item that is placed on hold required a that I write a new web service. I have called it hold_status.pl and you just pass it the …