Tuesday, October 16, 2007

User Tools - Library Bookmarklet

Have you ever shopped for books online and wondered whether the library owns copies (before you plunk down your credit card)? John Udell has created a "library bookmarklet" that creates a button for your browser's Links toolbar. The bookmarklet button gives you one-click access to your library's catalog from any screen that includes an isbn, including pages from bookstores like Amazon.com, Bookfinder.com, etc. If the library has the book, you should see the catalog listing and be able to request it with your library card number.

Here is the Bookmarklet for Sacramento Public Library:

Find at SPL

Drag the link to your links toolbar, or right-click, select "add to favorites", click "yes" at the security warning, and save in "links". (If you have a long list of links, you can drag the bookmarklet to the top of the list or to the place you want it to stay on your links toolbar.)

Problems dragging your bookmarklet to the link toolbar? See this screencast.

34 comments:

Anonymous said...

Holy Schmoley!

I've been doing this for ages- that is scoping out sites like amazon.com for recommendations, book reviews from other site users, even just checking out the cover or inside pages or snippets of music before searching for the item at my local library. Now, a click of the button finds it for me and I can request it. Fantastic.

Thanks for the tool, SPL.

Andrea said...

WOW! It works!

Like the previous commenter, I usually check out Amazon reviews, then check the library to preview the book, then potentially buy it.

I am thrilled this works, and by the way I am using a Mac and running Safari web browser.

Thanks for this simple but very useful tool. I am glad to find your blog too.

Andrea said...

PS

There ought to be a way for you to preview comments before allowing them to post, especially since there are not many comments at this point. Then you could remove that scary warning about icky comments and simply say "there will be a delay in posting your comment until it has been reviewed by the moderator."

annot8 said...

Andrea, Thanks for the suggestion. I'll run it by the boss for her comment.

Anonymous said...

Doesn't work for me in IE7.

annot8 said...

Anonymous, did you try the right-click suggestion in the post or view the screencast? Let me know if the suggestions in the screencast are not working and I'll try to figure out something else.

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