Archive for the ‘Library Catalog’ Category

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New Library Web Page

November 2, 2009

newlibwebCheck out our new Library Web. The updated homepage is packed with features such as a tabbed interface that highlights the most requested sections of the Library web site.

Click on the link to the public beta versionnucat of our new library catalog.  This catalog search is powered by VuFind, an open-source application built in collaboration with universities around the world (Don’t worry, our classic catalog is not going away).

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My Libraries Tab via AUAccess

August 26, 2008

The Libraries tab is now available via AUAccess and has seven default channels:

Ask A Librarian
Library Hours
AUBIECat Quick Search
MyLibrary
Collections
What’s New
Contact

More Library channels are available to add to the page by using the following steps:

[1] Click “Content/Layout” link at the top left corner of the AUAccess page
[2] Click the ‘Libraries’ tab
[3] Click the “Add Channel” button on any column
[4] Under Select a category, click the down arrow and choose “Select All”
[5] Click “Go”
[6] Under Select a channel, scroll down to AULibraries
[7] Choose an additional channel(s):
E-Reserves
How Do I…
Library Hours: LADC
Library Hours: Special Collections
Library Hours: VetMed
MyBarcode
Search
[8] Click “Add Channel” button
[9] Click “back to Libraries Tab” link in the top left corner of the AUAccess page

More channels are being developed; if you have an idea for a library channel please let me know.

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Library Hours and Another AubieCat Tidbit

August 19, 2008

Library Hours

RBD Library is back to it’s 24-5 schedule for the Fall Semester. That means we will open at 1 p.m. Sunday afternoons and stay open until 6 p.m. Friday nights. Saturday hours are 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. Remember that the Reference Desk closes at midnight and the DRL at 2 a.m. on weekdays.

Labor Day Hours for RBD are Friday, August 29, close at 6 p.m. Saturday 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. and closed on Sunday. RBD will reopen at 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 1 and resume the regularly scheduled hours. You can always check out the Library Calendar for RBD’s hours as well as the two branch libraries.

AubieCat and Bookmarking

The AU Libraries’ catalog, AubieCat has long had the ability for a user to create a persistent link to most searches and records within the catalog. This can be done by scrolling to the bottom a screen, clicking on and then cutting and pasting the URL from the pop-up box. Nice feature, but it resulted in some extremely long and complex addresses. Well, now you can tag or bookmark individual records from the catalog into your preferred social bookmarking subscription. Look for the button towards the top of a catalog record’s labeled display. Then choose from over 30 bookmarking options. Everything from “Favorites” to “NetVouz” is available including such standards as “Delicious”, “Twitter” and “Google Bookmarks”.

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AubieCat Update

August 7, 2008

Here are two items that you need to know about AubieCat, the AU Libraries’ catalog.

Multiple Journal Records

You now have to look at more than one record to check what we have for a journal title. This happened because of the sheer number of electronic versions of journals caused us to automate the process as much as possible.  In the search for Journalism Quarterly you will see two records — one is for our print holdings and one is for our electronic holdings — the records are the same except for one says [electronic resource] and one says [print]. Check both records if you don’t find what you need in one. Use Ask a Librarian if you have any problems locating your article.

Session Timeout

Have you ever been working in the catalog, got distracted doing something else and then had to start over because it timed out on you?

Well, there is a reason for that, there is a new session time limit created everytime you click on a link or press search within the catalog.

Well, now you can have some warning. In Firefox the session countdown clock is located in the blue bar at the very top of the browser. With Internet Explorer 7, it is located on the tab.

The clock counts down and then issues you a warning in a pop-up box. At this point you can click on a link on the search screen within the catalog to continue your current search, choose one of the options located in the warning box or ignore the warning.

If you do nothing, the clock continues to count down until you get the time expired notice.

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What’s New? AU Libraries Anywhere

August 5, 2008

AU Libraries Anywhere is a Firefox browser plug-in that allows users to search the AU Libraries’ catalog from anywhere on the World Wide Web.

Search AU’s library catalog directly from the AU Libraries Anywhere toolbar, or by using the right-click context menu. Our toolbar is set up to search not only AU’s Library Catalog, but also AUM’s, JSU’s, UAB’s, UA’s and Auburn Public’s. You can search WorldCat as well.

AU Libraries Anywhere works with the AU Libraries’ proxy server, making it look like you’re coming from an on-campus computer.

AU Libraries Anywhere uses Google Scholar to search for articles and directs the user to the electronic copy subscribed to by the library. Select a citation, then drag-and-drop it onto the Scholar button on the toolbar.

Utilize the ISBN search feature. A book title can have different ISBNs for the paperback, the hardcover, and even different editions. AU Libraries Anywhere supports OCLC’s xISBN service, which means that you can find a book with a given ISBN even if the library holds the book under a different ISBN. Just look for the underlined numbers

Finally, AU Libraries Anywhere includes quicklinks to the AU homepage, the AU Libraries Homepage, Ask-A-Librarian, Interlibrary Loan, and Renew a Book.