Jeremy Frumkin | 2 Jan 17:53 2007
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Oregon State University / Code4lib Minority Scholarship

OSU / Code4lib Minority Scholarship

The OSU / Code4lib Minority Scholarship will provide up to $1000 to cover
travel costs and conference fees for one qualified attendee to the 2007
Code4lib conference. To qualify for this scholarship, an applicant must be a
member of a principal minority group (American Indian or Alaskan native,
Asian or Pacific Islander, African-American, or Hispanic / Latino).

Applications will be judged by the scholarship committee on a combination of
merit and need.

To apply, please send an email to Jeremy.frumkin@... with the
following:

1)   A brief letter of interest, including statement of need (also, please
indicate your eligibility in the letter)
2)   A resume
3)   Contact information of two professional or academic references

Applications should be received no later than January 21, 2007.

The successful candidate will be contacted no later than January 30, 2007.

Questions regarding the scholarship and/or application may also be sent to
jeremy.frumkin@...

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Jeremy Frumkin
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Jeremy Frumkin | 2 Jan 17:55 2007
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Oregon State University / Code4lib Scholarship for Women

OSU / Code4lib Scholarship for Women

The OSU / Code4lib Scholarship for Women will provide up to $1000 to cover
travel costs and conference fees for one qualified attendee to the 2007
Code4lib conference. This scholarship is eligible to any woman interested in
attending the 2007 Code4lib conference.

Applications will be judged by the scholarship committee on a combination of
merit and need.

To apply, please send an email to jeremy.frumkin@... with the
following:

1)   A brief letter of interest, including statement of need (also, please
indicate your eligibility in the letter)
2)   A resume
3)   Contact information of two professional or academic references

Applications should be received no later than January 21, 2007.

The successful candidate will be contacted no later than January 30, 2007.

Questions regarding the scholarship or application process may be sent to
jeremy.frumkin@...

-- jaf

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Jeremy Frumkin
The Gray Chair for Innovative Library Services
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Jon Ritterbush | 2 Jan 21:42 2007

Adding/building permalinks to full-text articles

Happy new year, everyone...  Over the past couple weeks, our library has
been working on a project to help faculty members generate and embed
permanent links, or permalinks, to full-text articles from our subscription
databases.  The problem here and at my previous place of work has been
explaining how to prefix a proxy string to the front of these article-level
URLs (e.g.
http://eres.regent.edu:2048/login?url=http://somedatabase.com/yadayada...)

Has anyone out there developed a better mousetrap to allow users to generate
these kinds of permalinks WITH a proxy string?

TO ANY DATABASE VENDORS: one idea might be to enable individual libraries to
embed these proxy prefixes to article-level links.  For example, a library
administrator could insert the prefix http://proxy.library.edu... into some
field in a database admin site.  This prefix would then be appended to any
permalinks displayed or accessible from the database result screens.   

I think EBSCO and ProQuest already make a permalink available to users, they
just lack the proxy prefix for off-campus access by authenticated users.
Librarians who administer their Serials Solutions setup will understand what
I'm talking about here, since SerSol already does this...

Thanks for any feedback or other suggestions!

Jon

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Reference Librarian           Fax:  757-226-4167
Regent University             Email: jritterbush@...
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Scott Warren | 2 Jan 21:48 2007
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Re: Adding/building permalinks to full-text articles

Tito Sierra and Josh Boyer here at NCSU put together an article linking 
service much as you describe. See http://www.lib.ncsu.edu/librarylinker/

Scott Warren

Jon Ritterbush wrote:
> Happy new year, everyone...  Over the past couple weeks, our library has
> been working on a project to help faculty members generate and embed
> permanent links, or permalinks, to full-text articles from our subscription
> databases.  The problem here and at my previous place of work has been
> explaining how to prefix a proxy string to the front of these article-level
> URLs (e.g.
> http://eres.regent.edu:2048/login?url=http://somedatabase.com/yadayada...)
>  
> Has anyone out there developed a better mousetrap to allow users to generate
> these kinds of permalinks WITH a proxy string?
>  
> TO ANY DATABASE VENDORS: one idea might be to enable individual libraries to
> embed these proxy prefixes to article-level links.  For example, a library
> administrator could insert the prefix http://proxy.library.edu... into some
> field in a database admin site.  This prefix would then be appended to any
> permalinks displayed or accessible from the database result screens.   
>  
> I think EBSCO and ProQuest already make a permalink available to users, they
> just lack the proxy prefix for off-campus access by authenticated users.
> Librarians who administer their Serials Solutions setup will understand what
> I'm talking about here, since SerSol already does this...
>  
> Thanks for any feedback or other suggestions!
>  
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Jonathan Rochkind | 2 Jan 21:58 2007

Re: Adding/building permalinks to full-text articles

I don't entirely understand what you're doing, but if all they need to 
do is take a URL they already know or have found, and prepend the proxy 
string, then one possibility is making a 'bookmarklet' that prepends the 
string for them. That is, generally, some javascript code you have them 
bookmark. Such a thing will work in any browser. They go look at the URL 
they want, they click the bookmarklet, it prepends the string for them.
An example, from where I used to go to school, used for proxy-fying a 
URL for other purposes, is here:
http://www.lib.washington.edu/help/proxyTools.html

Another much trickier possibility, if you can customize your link 
resolver, would be to add this to your link resolver menu. I thought of 
this reading your suggestion for db vendors. Most dbs will already give 
your users a link to your link resolver for every article. What if the 
link resolver menu then gave the user the "perma-link"? You'd have to be 
able to customize your link resolver screen (with SFX this could easily 
be done)--but it's tricky beyond that too (how does the link resolver 
know what URL to proxy-fy? The referer url?  Not quite. Hmm.) So not 
sure if it could be done, and it would take some in-house skill to pull 
off, but if you could this seems an even better solution to me. Then you 
just tell your users to click on the link resolver icon they are 
probably already familiar with, and it'll give them the perma-link there.

(I'm curious, is proxy-fying the url all you are doing to make it into a 
'permalink'? What about vendors whose URLs just aren't going to work as 
permalinks, regardless of proxy-fying them?)

Jonathan

Jon Ritterbush wrote:
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Harwood, Rachel | 2 Jan 22:02 2007
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Can you recommend training for newbie?

Hi.  My boss would like me to learn to be the library's web maintainer
and designer.  I have design skills, but no computer skills (bar the
usual reference-librarian-type skills of Boolean searching, showing
people how to use the software we provide on the public machines, and so
on.)  I've never learned a computer language or done programming of any
sort.

For maintenance, I believe I can learn most of what I need from the guy
who's been maintaining our current site - that won't be a big deal.
However, my boss is hoping that I will be able to add new features to
the site and so forth, ideally with minimal time expended to learn the
skills since our library is strapped for staff as well as cash.

Do you have recommendations for courses to take?  There are a
bewildering number of online offerings and I find it hard to judge what
would be useful.  There's a basic class at the community college later
in the Spring, but if an online class would do it might work better for
me.  Or, do you think this is a realistic venture?  Would it make more
sense to contract the design work to a web designer?

R. Harwood
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Walker, David | 2 Jan 23:13 2007

RE: Faceted navigation as metasearch

>> Anyone know a system that can do this?

Version 4.0 of Metalib [1], due out this spring, will include clustering using the Visimo clustering
engine [2], which creates facets on the fly.

 
>> I think that pulling in all (or even some) 
>> of the retrieved records and creating the 
>> facets on the fly would be prohibitively slow.

I agree that pulling back all of the results would be prohibitive.  

Metalib pulls back the top 30 results from each database.  I haven't seen the new clustering in action yet,
but I don't think constructing the facets would take too much time.  Certainly, the demo on the Vivisimo
site is quick.

 
[1] http://www.exlibrisgroup.com/metalib.htm

[2] http://vivisimo.com/

 
--Dave

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David Walker
Library Web Services Manager
California State University
http://xerxes.calstate.edu
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Robert Sullivan | 2 Jan 23:25 2007
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Audiobooks for iPods?

We started to subscribe to NetLibrary and naturally our patrons have
questioned why they can't used the service with their iPods.

I know that NetLibrary, OverDrive etc are not available for iPods
because of digital rights management issues, but how many (if any)
libraries using a service that does allow iPod use?

Thanks for any information,

--

-- 
Bob Sullivan
Schenectady Digital History Archive
<http://www.schenectadyhistory.org/>
Schenectady County (NY) Public Library
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Leslie Johnston | 2 Jan 23:33 2007

RE: Faceted navigation as metasearch

Central Search from Serials Solutions has Vivisimo clustering in a 
release that became available late last year.

http://www.serialssolutions.com/promotion/centralsearch.asp

At 05:13 PM 1/2/2007, Walker, David wrote:
> >> Anyone know a system that can do this?
>
>Version 4.0 of Metalib [1], due out this spring, will include 
>clustering using the Visimo clustering engine [2], which creates 
>facets on the fly.
>
>
> >> I think that pulling in all (or even some)
> >> of the retrieved records and creating the
> >> facets on the fly would be prohibitively slow.
>
>I agree that pulling back all of the results would be prohibitive.
>
>Metalib pulls back the top 30 results from each database.  I haven't 
>seen the new clustering in action yet, but I don't think 
>constructing the facets would take too much time.  Certainly, the 
>demo on the Vivisimo site is quick.
>
>
>[1] http://www.exlibrisgroup.com/metalib.htm
>
>[2] http://vivisimo.com/
>
>
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Grace J. Agnew | 2 Jan 23:39 2007
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Re: Faceted navigation as metasearch

Serials Solutions' Central Search already provides clustering on the fly.

Grace Agnew

Walker, David wrote:
>>> Anyone know a system that can do this?
>>>       
>  
> Version 4.0 of Metalib [1], due out this spring, will include clustering using the Visimo clustering
engine [2], which creates facets on the fly.
>  
>  
>   
>>> I think that pulling in all (or even some) 
>>> of the retrieved records and creating the 
>>> facets on the fly would be prohibitively slow.
>>>       
>  
> I agree that pulling back all of the results would be prohibitive.  
>  
> Metalib pulls back the top 30 results from each database.  I haven't seen the new clustering in action yet,
but I don't think constructing the facets would take too much time.  Certainly, the demo on the Vivisimo
site is quick.
>  
>  
> [1] http://www.exlibrisgroup.com/metalib.htm
>  
> [2] http://vivisimo.com/
>  
>  
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