The system currently supports III Millenium, Dynix Horizon, Ex Libris Aleph and the Endeavor Voyager. It is currently being deployed at Rochester Institute of Technology and Washington and Lee University. Version 1.0.2 of the system supports Firefox 18.104.22.168
According to the developers the creation of a new edition of LibX is relatively simple if the OPAC being accessed is already supported. The customization involves branding, changing the name of the catalog, the OpenURL resolver, and off-campus proxy. Currently, only EZ Proxy is supported.
While they are planning a web-based interface for creating new editions, to get a new version a library has to either:
- Create a configuration file ("config") and provide two logos and send them to the developers. Library's also provide two logos, small and large: the small one must display well at 16x16, the large one is for the about box.
- Those wishing to create an edition locally requires knowledge of CVS and you must work in a Unix-like environment, such as cygwin on Windows, Linux, or Mac OSX.
LibX is distributed under an open-source license and is only available for Firefox.
While I have not yet had a chance to use or customize a LibX toolbar
(I have my programmer looking at it and will post what he comes up with), such discovery tools are growing in popularity. The reason is simple, they fit better into the workflow and information seeking behaviors of the LiveWeb user. (UPDATE: Thanks to the developer we now have an Ohio State / III edition available!)
The challenge is that there are so many toolbars available there are usability issues. What there is a need for is a toolbar plugin system in which pieces of other toolbars can be used to create a single toolbar. This way a library could plug in the LibX functionality into their unique toolbar. Sphere: Related Content