Blog topic: Web

Stanford University Open Sources SearchWorks' Nearby on Shelf Code

September 5, 2012
by Jessie E Keck

Last week Stanford open sourced the code responsible for the Nearby on Shelf feature in SearchWorks as the Blacklight Browse Nearby gem.  This feature has been highly sought after by various Blacklight institutions to be contributed back to the community.  In keeping with the spirit of the vibrant open source community around Blacklight, Stanford has contributed the development effort to get this codebase available for use and contribution by other Blacklight implementers.

The release of this software was the culmination of a re-write of the SearchWorks code making it an installable package, more generalizable, and suitable in an open source context.  Due to that fact, the end product is much more generic that SearchWorks'  version (as you can see in the side-by-side screenshots below with SearchWorks being on the right) however it is infinitely more customizable.

A brief technical primer on Stanford's new library website

September 5, 2012

The Stanford University Libraries recently launched a redesign of its main library website at http://library.stanford.edu.  This is a Drupal 7-based site hosted on Pantheon.

In the future we hope to document more thoroughly the technical approaches we took on several bits of the site, but for now I'll summarize a few of the features this community might be interested with a brief summary of the technical approach taken for each. In no particular order:

Frequently asked questions about the new library website

August 3, 2012

Our thanks to everyone who has been submitting feedback about the new library website.  Your feedback is really helpful, especially as we try to wrap up content for the official site launch. We've taken a moment to post some answers to the most frequently asked questions we've received.

Where is the staff directory? 

There is not a comprehensive staff directory page on the new website. Because the new website has been designed first and foremost to streamline patron's access to information they most need, we did not include a listing of all staff in all departments. Patrons can search for staff by name in the website as well as in StanfordWho. 

We know that many library staff find the comprehensive staff directory quite useful, and are exploring ways to provide that in the future.

Request for Comment: IIIF Image API Proposal

The International Image Interoperability Framework (http://lib.stanford.edu/iiif) is an initiative driven by several major research and national libraries to enable the rich and robust delivery of digital images through common interfaces, and to spur the development of open source and commercial software solutions in this space.

The IIIF Working Group invites comment and feedback on a proposed API for the the delivery of images via a standard http request. The full specification can be found at:

http://library.stanford.edu/iiif/image-api

The IIIF Image API specifies a web service that returns an image in response to a standard http or https request. The URL can specify the region, size, rotation, quality characteristics and format of the requested image. A URL can also be constructed to request basic technical information about the image to support client applications.

Creating your People Page on the new site

July 25, 2012

Who will have People Pages?

All regular Stanford Libraries staff members will have a “People Page” that includes (by default) their phone number and email address as listed in StanfordWho.  Staff members are encouraged to add additional information, such as a photograph, a description of your role in the library, your professional activities, your education and your publications.

Where will People Pages actually show up?

Subject specialists’ People Pages and People pages of the directors who report directly to the University Librarian will appear under “About  >  People” on the Library home page.

All People Pages will be searchable from the library home page.

All People Pages can be linked to other types of pages (e.g., project or department pages, or as authors of blog posts or news articles).  This way, any staff member can be associated with the projects in which he or she is involved.

What do I need to know to make a People Page?

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