How can I get an edition for our library?
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If you want to create and host an edition entirely by yourself, you have to be familiar with CVS and you must work in a Unix-like environment, such as cygwin on Windows, Linux, or Mac OSX. Assuming that have checked out the libx source from libx.mozdev.org, specific instructions are in src/editions/README. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you need help.
Why not let end users adapt the toolbar themselves?
What OPACs and discovery systems do you currently support?
Ex Libris’s Aleph
Ex Libris Primo
What do you charge?
What server support do I need from our systems department?
Will you host our edition, or do we need to host it on our servers?
What do I have to do to make our edition “live”?
Only editions that are “live” benefit from automatic updates if you create new revisions, and we promise we will keep them up-to-date to the best of our ability. (Sometimes, updates are required, for instance, when Firefox upgrades to a new version. Only “live” editions will see these updates.)
What proxies do you currently support for off-campus access?
What SID do you use for your OpenURL links?
In addition to making sure users will see the correct links to the library’s electronic holdings, we also like to get accurate statistics about how users are using LibX. For systems that are hosted by an outside provider (e.g., Serials Solutions) you’ll have to contact the provider to record hits coming from LibX. As LibX becomes more widely adopted, we hope that those providers will provide support for it by default. For self-hosted systems, such as WebBridge, adding the SID via the management interface (usually at http://yourcatalog.institution.edu/webbridge/edit) should suffice.
How does the Google Scholar search work?
Recently, we have added an option that would completely hide from the user that Google Scholar is used. Instead, on a miss, the user would be redirected to the URL provided by the offering institution. This approach, which requires a custom OpenURL server, leaves the user’s experiences more directly under the offering library’s control.
Can I get the Google Scholar search to work even if my institution has not registered with Google?
I’ve built an .xpi file for our edition, can you host it?
We don’t do that because we then cannot provide updates to this edition when there is a major Firefox upgrade. More importantly, since Firefox extensions are trusted and run with full privileges on a user’s machine, the user should be confident that what they download from a source did indeed come from that source.
Do I need an “OCLC xISBN LibraryLookup Service OPAC Identifier” to use OCLC’s xISBN service?
For LibX to use xISBN, all we need to know is your catalog type, e.g., whether you’re using millennium, voyager, or aleph, and – in some cases – the specific version/subtype. Signing up for an OCLC xISBN LibraryLookup Service OPAC Identifier makes it easier for LibX to use xISBN, in particular when the subtype isn’t known.
These subtypes correspond to slight variations between different versions of an OPAC. For instance, there are (at least) five different versions of Sirsi, at least six different versions of Aleph, and several versions of Dynix/Horizon IPAC system. OCLC’s xISBN supports them all, but unless you have an OPAC identifier with OCLC, it needs to be told exactly which version your catalog belongs to. If you don’t have an identifier, and if your catalog doesn’t work with the default xISBN settings for your catalog type, you must then configure this version in LibX edition builder by inputting the correct “OCLC xISBN LibraryLookup Service OPAC Type.” For instance, you may need to use aleph4 instead of aleph here.
If you have an “OCLC xISBN LibraryLookup Service OPAC Identifier” identifier, OCLC will remember the specific type and version of your catalog and automatically use the correct syntax, making LibX’s job easier and the service more robust, even if you upgrade your OPAC.
The comments above relate to the configuration that is necessary for your edition to use xISBN successfully.
xISBN can always be accessed by selecting an ISBN and using the right-click menu. In addition, ISBN-based cues can be made to point at the xISBN service (rather than directly at the catalog.) by checking the “Cues Use xISBN” checkbox in the edition builder, which appears if “xISBN Settings” is checked.