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Friday, June 23

  1. page Voyager_Customizations edited VOYAGER WEBVOYAGE CUSTOMIZATIONS Below is a Word doc with explanations of each customization we h…
    VOYAGER WEBVOYAGE CUSTOMIZATIONS
    Below is a Word doc with explanations of each customization we have made to WebVoyage. I created this file for the upgrade from 7.2.3 to 8.2. After the migration, I began adding to the original with doc, with notes in blue text, explaining how the changes were made and if I was successful.
    {Voyager Customizations.docx}
    Below is a text file with stripped down XML code that has been copied, pasted, and rearranged from /ui/aclib/xsl/contentLayout/configs/displaycfg.xml. (Displaycfg.xml is used to define which fields to turn on and off in WebVoyage.) I rearranged the lines in order to group like fields together, as well as create separate sections for fields that have been turned on and fields that have been turned off. This file is NOT meant to replace the original XML file, as it lacks much of the needed code.
    {displaycfg.txt}
    See:
    N:\SYSTEMS\Voyager\Upgrade
    Customizations hard-copy folder

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  2. page Voyager edited VOYAGER Down System ... for WebVoyage (Mary's notes from the migration in January 2013) Inst…
    VOYAGER
    Down System
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    for WebVoyage (Mary's notes from the migration in January 2013)
    Installation
    User Manuals: Saved on the N drive at N:\SYSTEMS\Voyager\Training\Manuals
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Wednesday, March 8

  1. page Discovery edited ... When OCLC rolls out the new version of FirstSearch in 2017, we will have to make a decision wh…
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    When OCLC rolls out the new version of FirstSearch in 2017, we will have to make a decision whether we want to subscribe to FirstSearch or to Discovery. (Currently, we get Discovery for free with our FirstSearch subscription.) They will continue to have different interfaces and different features, designed for different audiences.
    **Spring 2017 update
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    Encyclopedia of World History.Mental Health. But you
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    article about Persiabipolar disorder within the
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    Encyclopedia of World History.Mental Health. This is
    Oxford Art and Oxford Music: These are essentially e-encyclopedias, so they too are not included Discovery. (We see them as databases, but WorldCat sees them as collections of e-books and e-encyclopedias).
    Dictionary of Literary Biography: see #4 above
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  2. page Discovery edited ... "What is" searches (example: what is zipf's law) People are using the advanced sear…
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    "What is" searches (example: what is zipf's law)
    People are using the advanced search
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    versa), adding/removing a "Dr."Dr. from an
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    name, adding "AND",AND between words, entering commas
    Extremely broad searches (examples: divorce, alcoholism, obesity)
    Full citations
    Title search alone, then title search with author (or vice versa)
    Things not in databases, such as EasyBib, Sniffy Lab Manual
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    the Editions and& Formats section.
    This can be very confusing if you are looking for a particular edition. Just remember to click View All Editions on the results list, or the Editions & Formats accordion in the full record.
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  3. page Discovery edited ... Discovery: Click the Check Holdings button under Availability/Holdings. Note there are 4 blank…
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    Discovery: Click the Check Holdings button under Availability/Holdings. Note there are 4 blank lines where our Local Holdings should appear. There also is no Check Holdings button for any other library.
    Of course, you can click the Held By: Assumption College link, in order to see the Voyager record.
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    different audiences.
    **Spring 2017 update
    Encyclopedia content: Encyclopedia content is not included in Discovery. You can find encyclopedia titles, if you happen to know an exact title, such as Gale Encyclopedia of World History. But you will not find article- or chapter-level content, such as an article about Persia within the Gale Encyclopedia of World History. This is a problem for libraries who spend lots of money on databases like Credo, and then find out the content does not appear in Discovery.
    Oxford Art and Oxford Music: These are essentially e-encyclopedias, so they too are not included Discovery. (We see them as databases, but WorldCat sees them as collections of e-books and e-encyclopedias).
    Dictionary of Literary Biography: see #4 above
    FirstSearch: OCLC says they will extend the life of FirstSearch past 2017. They still plan to roll out a new interface for FirstSearch, and we will have to choose between FirstSearch and Discovery. Hopefully, this decision is two years away.
    Availability add-on: I am still looking into the possibility of getting the call number and status ("checked out," "renewed") for books to appear natively in the results list, so the user does not have to click Held By: Assumption College to get to the Voyager record. This is an annual cost. I have an email in to OCLC to see how it works--whether it is smart enough to only show this for books in Voyager, and not e-books, Kanopy videos, articles, etc. (Does it show an error message??)
    Search terms: I configured our Google Analytics account to track our users' search terms! The information is fascinating and will help inform our teaching. Definite trends:
    "What is" searches (example: what is zipf's law)
    People are using the advanced search
    People try the same search repeatedly, but changing capital to lowercase (or vice versa), adding/removing a "Dr." from an author name, adding "AND", entering commas between phrases instead of quotation marks, etc.
    Extremely broad searches (examples: divorce, alcoholism, obesity)
    Full citations
    Title search alone, then title search with author (or vice versa)
    Things not in databases, such as EasyBib, Sniffy Lab Manual
    Most recent, locally-held: Discovery chooses one record as the "representative record," and collects similar editions in the Editions and Formats section. The representative record is now the most recent edition that the library owns; if the library does not own any edition, it chooses the most recent edition in the world. (FirstSearch chooses the record that most libraries are on.)
    This can be very confusing if you are looking for a particular edition. Just remember to click View All Editions on the results list, or the Editions & Formats accordion in the full record.

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Friday, March 3

  1. page Discovery edited Discovery 20-minute training series spring 2016 update spring 2017 1. What content is included…
    Discovery 20-minute training series
    spring 2016update spring 2017
    1. What content is included in WorldCat Discovery?
    Everything in Voyager (print books, print journals, netLibrary/EBSCO e-books, movies, etc.)
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  2. page Discovery edited ... WorldCat FirstSearch currently still shows LHRs. However, I am waiting for confirmation from O…
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    WorldCat FirstSearch currently still shows LHRs. However, I am waiting for confirmation from OCLC about whether that will continue in the new version of FirstSearch, to be released in 2017.
    Example search: speculum in FirstSearch and Discovery
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    Libraries Worldwide That Own That Item link, then
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    Holdings information on the Libraries Worldwide page (if they
    Discovery: Click the Check Holdings button under Availability/Holdings. Note there are 4 blank lines where our Local Holdings should appear. There also is no Check Holdings button for any other library.
    Of course, you can click the Held By: Assumption College link, in order to see the Voyager record.
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  3. page Discovery edited ... Dictionary of Literary Biography: Series level: e-book version via Gale gives error message. …
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    Dictionary of Literary Biography:
    Series level: e-book version via Gale gives error message. I have an open ticket with OCLC.
    Title level: e-book
    E-book
    version via
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    in Voyager.
    Print book version:
    You have
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    Editions & Formats,Formats of the e-book version, and click
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    link from there.there, to find the call number in Voyager.
    Article level: It seems article/chapter-levelArticle/chapter-level links are
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    in Discovery. I have an open ticket with OCLC.
    Classics, such as Pride and Prejudice, can be tough to find. This is not just a problem in Discovery; it's a problem in Voyager and really all catalog and discovery services. This is because of the way MARC records work in the background. A record for a collection of critical essays about Pride and Prejudice likely will have "pride and prejudice" 6 or 7 times in the record (title of the book, several chapter titles such as "Why Pride and Prejudice endures," a subject heading for Pride and Prejudice, etc.). The computer thinks this kind of record is way more relevant than the record for the novel, because it sees "pride and prejudice" written out so many times. This works well for topics like autism (you want to see your keyword as many times as possible in a record), but not well for classic novels.
    5. How do I find out what years of a journal we own or another library owns? (Local Holdings Records, or LHRs)
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  4. page Discovery edited ... We cannot customize the text of Access Online, Held By, or Request Item. We can change the col…
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    We cannot customize the text of Access Online, Held By, or Request Item. We can change the color of Request Item; the color matches other button colors.
    4. Known-Item searches: How do I find a specific title?
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    relevancy rankings. However, several staff have reported that relevancy has gotten much better recently. (Maybe OCLC tweaked the relevancy settings recently?) If you have trouble, hereHere are some
    Use " " around your search terms or phrases.
    Use the Advanced Search, which lets you specify Title, Author, Year, etc.
    Use the filters (aka facets, aka checkboxes, aka limiters) on the left side of the results list. You can limit to print book or e-book, etc., there.
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    search suggestions that appear below the
    Example search: pride and prejudice suggests pride and prejudice austen, pride and prejudice and zombies, etc.
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    field of the first few results.
    Example search: global warming canada, limited
    each result. Chapter titles are weighted just as highly as book titles, so you search terms probably appear here.
    Remember
    to Title. It looks like canada is not inclick the title of result # 1, but it appears inView All Editions link on the Table of Contents in the Description, which basically is a title field. So technically, this search worked (though it sort of looks like it did not work).
    Remember to check
    results list or the Editions & Formats sectionaccordion of the
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    record! Discovery often collects print
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    pride and prejudice,prejudice: result #1 for e-book
    Recently, OCLC changed the "representative record" to be the "most recent, locally-held" edition. (It used to be the record with most libraries on it.) If we do not own any edition, it defaults to most recent edition.
    Example search: Two treatises of government, limited to Print Book: result #1 for 1965. We own the 1947 edition as well, which is hidden in the Editions section.

    Remember the scope is Assumption only! If you are not finding what you think should be there, click the Libraries Worldwide checkbox to open your search.
    This is how I do my searching as a liaison for double-checking titles that faculty request. I make sure I can find the title somewhere in the world first, before I submit the order.
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  5. page Discovery edited ... Remember, link resolvers fail 30% of the time! We are working to prefer certain vendors (EBSCO…
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    Remember, link resolvers fail 30% of the time! We are working to prefer certain vendors (EBSCO) and deemphasize others (Gale).
    Held By: Assumption College: Appears often, but you only should click it for items in Voyager: print books, print journals at the journal title level, movies, and netLibrary e-books. See section above.
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    (by Emma Louise.Louise Bridge) is
    Google Preview: Links out to Google Books. Sometimes you get just a preview (in copyright), but sometimes you see the full text (out of copyright, public domain, etc.).
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    the color agrees withmatches other button
    4. Known-Item searches: How do I find a specific title?
    Known-item searches can be difficult because of the inadequate relevancy rankings. However, several staff have reported that relevancy has gotten much better recently. (Maybe OCLC tweaked the relevancy settings recently?) If you have trouble, here are some good tips:
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