Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Bring your Library to the User : LIBRARY TOOLBAR

I ran across the website of EffectiveBrand, www.effectivebrand.com. They offer -completly free- to host your Toolbar and developed an easy-peasy buildingtool via the web. It is really just copy&paste and making some choices. If you know how to do it, it is really "a piece of cake". At http://quicksearchcmbtoolbar.ourtoolbar.com/ you can read all about it ánd download the Toolbar for Internet Explorer or FireFox.
What does the QuickSearchCMB Toolbar do for the user?
Direct access to our website from anywhere on the web
Immediate searching in QuickSearch Medicine van RUGCombine (PubMed, Embase, Web of Science, Biological Abstracts en Psychinfo)
Immediate searching in Pubmed Immediate searching in your Library Catalogue Displaying Newsitems of your library without you having to go to the website (RSS-feed)
View the latest UMCG dissertations in the Repository RUG (RSS-feed)
Chatting with users who also are using the Toolbar
Allows you to adjust the Toolbar
Highlighting of your searchresults on any page
Direct Acces to the Virtual Information Desk of your Library
This is a first test-version, but promising. There are many other features and options, which I will explain later. First I want to make it possible to our users they can use this. For that I have to ask the IT-departments to make downloads and installations possible. You needs -at least for installation- enough rights. These rights are not alway allowed within the network. More later!
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