Wednesday, September 19, 2007

LibraryLookup

I read about this on the Parent Hacks blog, of all places.

LibraryLookup is a bookmarklet that, once installed on your browser's toolbar, will allow you to search your local library from inside Amazon, Barnes&Noble, etc. They didn't have one created for LCC so I made one: Lansing Community College.

If you are using Firefox, just drag it up to your toolbar and you're set!
If you are using IE, right click on the link and add to your favorites; approve the addition; and choose the Links folder within your favorites. (Contact me if you would like instructions on how to break your links drop-down out into a horizontal list)

ETA: Per the wikipedia definition, a bookmarklet is a small JavaScript program stored as a URL within a bookmark in most popular web browsers, or stored within a hyperlink on a webpage.

In order to use this bookmarklet, you first add it to your toolbar following the directions above and then search for a book in amazon.com or bn.com. To see if LCC owns that book you then click on the bookmarklet and it will re-run your search in our catalog by stripping the ISBN from the your Amazon search and then searching the catalog by that same ISBN.

I know that some of the selectors work through Amazon so I thought it would be helpful if they were able to check the catalog without leaving Amazon.

1 comment:

  1. This is a great tool. I've been using it to look up CADL material after I saw it on the list of 43 Things.

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