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Create your own custom homepage for Library Anywhere

Log into your LTFL Account. Your user name and password have been emailed to you (email abby@librarything.com if you need your login information again).

http://www.librarything.com/forlibraries

Click the "Library Anywhere" tab.

Search customization

By default, Library Anywhere uses the general keyword search from your OPAC. You can choose to include drop down menus for advanced searching or for location scoping, though.

  • Scope by location. Under Location > Settings, click to allow or disable location scoping, if available.
  • Search type. Under Account > Settings, click to include search type dropdown, if available.

Account > Settings

  • Set your long name and short name. The "long version" is used in the list of libraries that a user will see when they first select a library (either by browsing all libraries or by using the "Find libraries near you" feature). The "short version" of your library's name will be displayed on the top bar of Library Anywhere whenever you're "in" your library.
  • Add a logo. The logo will show up on your library's homepage. We accept jpg, gif, bmp and png images. Banner images (rectangle rather than square) tend to look better. Be mindful of image size, since it will be loading on mobile devices.
  • Add an event feed. Enter an RSS feed for your events. You can add one event feed, or many, and you can name each one. This way it will show up as "Children's events", or just "Our Library Events". If you'd like to separate your events by location, then enter them under each location (see Locations, below).

Locations

Some libraries will have just one location to enter here. Others might decide to enter each branch library, or each library within a larger system or consortia.

Go to Locations > Location list and click "Add a new location." Enter address, hours, and any other information you want to display - this information will show up under the "Hours and locations" button on your homepage. You can also add event feeds on an individual location level.

Repeat and add new locations as needed.

The information you enter for locations also determines what shows up when someone clicks to "find libraries near you".

Pages

Setting up your homepage

Your homepage is a flexible and customizable XML page where you can showcase a logo, provide information on hours, locations, events, ask a librarian, and more. It lets you create secondary XML pages that link off the main page. You can choose to use our "simple homepage" or go crazy with the straight XML edit.

You can also have different homepages for each "location" you enter. This is mainly used by large systems and consortia who want each discrete location to have their own customizable information. See One homepage, or many? below.

Simple homepage

To make a simple homepage, choose an "action" from the dropdown and then name (the "text" field) it to create a button on the homepage. Logo doesn't need a text name, just setting the action to Library logo will make the logo appear. Choose ----------- to insert a break between buttons. The pre-set "actions" that you can choose to include are:

  • Library logo - Add the logo under Account > Settings. We accept jpg, gif, bmp and png images, 8 MB maximum size. Banner images (rectangle rather than square) tend to look better.

>> Watch a video demonstrating how to add library logos

  • Ask a librarian - This action creates a secondary XML page which you will then populate with information (see "Ask a librarian" below)

>> Watch a video demonstrating how to build a Ask a Librarian page

  • Hours and locations - This action displays a page with of all location information that has been entered

>> Watch a video demonstrating how to add locations

  • Events - This action creates a page that will display any RSS feeds you've entered (either under a specific location or any general Events feeds entered under Account > Settings).

>> Watch a video demonstrating how to add an event RSS feed to Library Anywhere

  • My account - This action goes to the account page for your OPAC. The same page shows up when you click the little person icon on the top bar.
  • Free text - This action will display whatever text you enter.
  • URL - Name the link in the Text field and then enter the URL underneath the URL action dropdown. This lets you create links out of Library Anywhere.

>> Watch a video demonstrating how to create links external to Library Anywhere

  • Direct catalog URL - This feature lets you create booklists within Library Anywhere. Create a list using your OPAC (for example, a search that displays new mystery titles). Then enter that URL that links to the OPAC search here. Name the link in the Text field and then include the URL link to the saved OPAC search underneath the action dropdown.

LA-homepage-example.jpg

Ask a Librarian

>> Watch a video demonstrating how to build a Ask a Librarian page

Ask a Librarian is a secondary XML page off of the main homepage. Most people use it as a collection of links to existing Ask a librarian services that the library offers, or as a place to enter free text.

To make telephone numbers and emails clickable, enter them as URLs. For example:

LA-askalib-example.jpg

Saved searches/Booklists

If you can make booklists in your OPAC (new items, staff picks, etc.) then you can feed those same lists into Library Anywhere. Just choose the ‘action’ type Direct catalog URL, and put the URL to the OPAC list in there, as in the image below:

Direct-catalog-url.png

Other pages

You can also create more secondary pages off the main homepage, much like you did with Ask a librarian. Just go to Other pages and click "add a page." Unless you're creating a separate homepage for a location, choose "free-standing page." Otherwise, see One homepage or many below.

Once you've named the page, it will show up as a "action" on the main homepage, so that you'll be able to make a button that links to it.

Advanced homepage (XML)

You can use the simple homepage as a starting point to create an advanced homepage using XML. Go to Home page and click to use XML edit. Then click "refresh from simple" on the bottom, and it will repopulate with the XML for the exisiting simple homepage.

XML Tag reference


One homepage, or many?

First, decide which of the following 3 categories you fall into. Library Anywhere is flexible enough to provide a number of ways to customize how discrete or not your locations will be.

  1. One location, one homepage.
  2. One main homepage, which covers multiple locations
  3. Multiple locations, and each location has their own separate homepage, with different logos, ask a librarian options, links, and more. This is mainly used by large systems and consortia who want each discrete location to have their own customizable information.

The first two options can be done easily just as entering location information and setting up the homepage as above. If you choose option 3, and would like each location to have its own distinct homepage, then go to Other pages, and choose to add a new page.

When you add the page, it gives you the option of assigning it to a location. You can then choose to assign the page you're creating as the homepage or ask a librarian page for one of the locations you've already entered.

If you're chosing to have location-specific homepages, you can enter separate logos on each location page.

Once you've set up the location-specific homepages, you can also use a direct link to go to each location-specific homepage. Under Account > Overview > URLs you'll now see a section for location-specific URLS.

Customize Library Anywhere

Edit/translate interface

Library Anywhere includes the ability for any library to translate or edit any of the strings of English text into whatever language they like.
Read how to enable translation here

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