August 14, 2007
11:30 - 12:30 am
Room 14-267

Moderators: Charles Mihm (Innovative) and Kevin Reiss (CUNY Graduate Center Library)

Session Notes

Links to sites mentioned


LibX Firefox extension
LibX allows you to build toolbar for your library as a Firefox browser extension |
- easy -- nonprogrammers can use it
- easy for end-users to implement – quick, easy download into Firefox [Example of LibX toolbar to search UVA’s catalog]
Works for several different (the big ones, like III included) ILS’ – Edition Builder – online web forms to fill in values for your own library to create toolbar
Available for Firefox (since 2005) and now IE (in beta, but pretty stable)
- LibX is really javascript encoded within XUL (Mozilla uses) – everything javascript-based
LibX got a grant from IMLS to create an ext. for IE
Greasemonkey framework (more info – see plugs into Firefox, supports user-created scripts
See - for library-related scripts [User scripts includes a script to hide Google ads]
LibX uses OCLC Xisbn lookup – example use - look it up in Amazon, then do search in the LibX toolbar for your library’s catalog
To use the LibX bar you’ve created for your library’s catalog, remote users have to install the extension
Open search plugin – search plugins (like Google toolbar in Firefox)
An extension just adds functionality; but the Google toolbar in Firefox is a plug-in
Open search plugin uses A9 open search – could be installed where the Google toolbar is, as another search option, but of your library catalog
LibX integrates with OpenURL resolver – so you can work with Google Scholar, JSTOR, & your dbs
Right-click on page and choose “redirect through EZProxy” so that the end-user can go right into the article, for example; any text highlighted, you can right-click and drag (in Windows)
Extension for managing citations (similar to an app like EndNote) = Zotero (
Conduit – what is it? For free, builds your own toolbar – has some drawbacks in functionality
LibX built by Virginia Tech, edition builder
Advanced adapters only:
Can download the source code to UNIX environment (or Cygwin in Windows)
Edit out all code not specific to your system (can copy others’ code & take/edit from their Firefox ext.)
However, should avoid local modifications: better to send patches back to LibX developers.
Point being – the ext. can get your library to where your (Firefox) users are

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