OCLC and IDS Search Downtime

Hello All,

Apologies for cross-posting.

As IDS Search relies on the WorldCat Search API, there will be some related downtime, as announced by OCLC earlier today. Body of the message follows.

Thank you for your patience,
Adam Traub

“On this Sunday, 13 January 2013 there will be a scheduled service downtime for the OCLC WorldCat Search API and the WorldCat Basic API
from 2:00 am to 4:00 am ET (-5 GMT).

During the downtime, the WorldCat APIs will receive planned maintenance.
Downtime will be minimized as much as possible.

Any questions please let me know.

Best regards,
Dawn Hendricks
OCLC WorldCat API Product Manager”

IDS Search Downtime (10/24/2012)

Hello All,

Due to a server upgrade, IDS Search may be unavailable tomorrow (10/24) morning from 6AM until 8AM. We expect IDS Search should be back up and running shortly thereafter.

Thank you for your patience!

IDS Search Statistics

Hello All,

Recently, you may have noticed some irregularities with the IDS Search statistics in the Dashboard.  We’ve had such an overwhelming reception and high usage (~3M searches since January 1, 2010!), the tool we initially built to monitor usage was getting clogged by the huge amount of data we as a project were generating.  Don’t worry:  we’ve been continually collecting data the entire time, even if the data wasn’t being displayed in the dashboard correctly.

The good news is:  any issue with the display of the statistics has been resolved.  In addition, we’ve added a few new reports to the dashboard.  Check them out!  Just remember:  if you’re using the new time-based reports, try using a larger unit of time than the report is trying to generate (e.g. if you’re trying to find out what day of the week IDS gets the most usage, try using last week or the current month, as opposed to the current week).

Update on Enhancements

We just wanted to update everyone on the status of the enhancements we announced last week.  We got through most of them, but we’re still working on making the last enhancement live.  So, here’s what is live now:

  • Increase in number of items displayed in results list from 5 to 10 as a default, with user option to increase further
  • Changes to autosearch notification styling and wording
  • Streamlined left-hand navigation options
  • Mobile device optimization for IDS Search that allows for integration of IDS Search on libraries’ mobile presence

We’re still testing:

  • Enhanced similar items functionality in item record including cover images of similar items.

We hope to have the similar items functionality enhancement live soon, and we’ll let everyone know when it’s ready.

Thanks for your patience.

Coming Soon–Enhancements to IDS Search

On Monday, there will be some enhancements to IDS Search that will enhance the user experience.  These changes are based on feedback we’ve received from librarians and users of IDS Search, one round of usability testing at Geneseo, and usability testing of faculty at SUNY Oswego.  These enhancements are mostly changes in style and display that will enhance the features of IDS Search.

Also, IDS Search will be optimized for mobile devices.  Users with smartphones or mobile devices will only need to visit the standard version of IDS Search.

The enhancements that will be going live on IDS Search on Monday include:

  • Increase in number of items displayed in results list from 5 to 10 as a default, with user option to increase further
  • Changes to autosearch notification styling and wording
  • Streamlined left-hand navigation options
  • Enhanced similar items functionality in item record including cover images of similar items
  • Mobile device optimization for IDS Search that allows for integration of IDS Search on libraries’ mobile presence

In addition to the enhancements coming next week, the IDS Technology Development Team has identified other areas to focus on in the near future.  Stay tuned for details on these future developments.

Adding a Custom Link

Take a look at this Video on Adding a Custom Link to see how to create a base url and add a custom link using the IDS Search Dashboard.

New Feature: E-Books!

You asked and we listened! One of the most requested features was a way to handle ebooks in a way that provided users with a link without having to go into the local system. Some of you may (read “did”) find a new entry we made in the dashboard this week while at the IDS Conference.

Essentially, this feature will identify the ebook (ok, that part isn’t new), look for text in the 856 field of that record in your local catalog and provide users with a direct link to the ebook.

In the Configuration section of the Dashboard, you will see a section called “Electronic Items.”

Ebook Configuration Option in Dashboard

Ebook Configuration Option

In that field you can add words found in the 856 field that will trigger IDS Search to treat those records as ebooks, then provide the link text you’d like to see. For example:

Let’s say I have a bunch of ebooks and there hasn’t been 100% consistency in labeling them as such in the 856 field. But, one of my records looks like this:

MARC record snippet

MARC Record Snippet of a Sample 856


So, my match text will look like this:

Match text: ebook e-book springerlink
Link text: ebook

The first thing to remember is that this field is space delimited. Then, you’ll see that if IDS Search finds “ebook” “e-book” or “netLibrary” in the 856, it will snag the link to the book and provide the user with a link to that book that says “ebook” (in this case). Of course, if you want it to say “kangaroo,” you can*.

Remember: since there can be multiple 856s, try to find the word(s) that most accurately match ebooks in your catalog.

 

*The IDS Search Team does not recommend using “kangaroo” as link text for ebooks, regardless of how cute they are.