Thursday, May 05, 2005

Search the catalog with a Firefox extension

Those folks at Waubonsee Community College's Todd Library are doing some very cool work in their catalog.
  • They have a Firefox extension that does a Z39.50 search of their catalog.
  • Catalog entries have a Map button that takes you to a map of the floor where the item should be.
  • And, oh yeah, some of the entries include cover images.
But wait, there's more. They have several RSS feeds available via the RSS icon in the lower right hand corner.

At first I figured that it was a wealthy city but the census says the median income for 2000 is $83,332. Just interesting people doing nifty work. Go figure.

See the Shifted Librarian for more stuff like this

4 comments:

esm said...

So where can I get a chart of municipalties median income across the united states.

I'd like to answer the question: what percentile would 88k/family be in?

esm said...

OK--

THIS IS EASY

I got interested in sherlok a while ago - its a mac search thing.

the search server functionality seems very simple, and is an extention of sherlok...

http://www.mozilla.org/projects/search/technical.html

Sue Woodson said...

US Census Bureau has a nifty Fact Finder site http://factfinder.census.gov/

When you go there you can get basic facts about cities and towns. Lookfor the index in the blue column on the left. The one for People takes you to a page where you can find stuff about income.

The Census Bureau site itself is pretty amazing. The wealth of data there is staggering. http://www.census.gov/

John Wohlers said...

The catalog search is actually not based on Z39.50 It is simply passing a set of parameters to our Web2 card catalog.

It is very simple to create. I used the instructions at:
http://mycroft.mozdev.org/deepdocs/quickstart.html#firstplugin