Monday, December 26, 2016

Customize your Z39.50 Server List

LibraryWorld has a list of Z39.50 servers that you can search and pull catalog records from; including the Library of Congress. In the past, this list was a fixed list. Recently, we have upgraded the program to allow you to remove or add servers from a larger master list.

This feature allows you to remove servers that clearly are not useful to your cataloging operations and add those that are. Although the master list is limited to about 15 servers we have tested for quality and uptime, we'll be greatly expanding that list in the coming months.

To customize the list, go to the New Record page in the Catalog module and click on 'Customize Server List'. A larger master list will appear and you can select or unselect each one. The Library of Congress server always remains as the first option in your list and cannot be removed.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Digital Documents Enhancement

When we first developed the attachment feature in LibraryWorld, it was meant to supplement catalog records with small JPEG and PDF documents of 256k or less. A few years ago we increased it to 512k, but LibraryWorld’s latest update allows users to attach PDF and JPEG documents up to 2MB to their catalog.

The files are converted into thumbnails of a PDF or JPEG and can be used as book jacket covers for a catalog record, or pictures of inventoried equipment.

Several archives use their thumbnails to display pictures of camera equipment to quickly check which of their supplies have been loaned out. Others use the feature to document films, artwork, and school supplies. Some archive pictures of the lighting, automobile, or architectural products on and off their shelves. The pictures help these organizations know exactly which supplies have been rented out on the fly.

Libraries with Standard service subscriptions can store up to 1,000 files and each file can be up to 2MB in size. Patrons can view attached documents, thumbnails and fully expanded files through the online patron access catalog (OPAC) application.