Admins: ebrary banner customization options

Currently all banner customizations need to be done by us here at support@ebrary.com.  Just send us the relevant info, and we’ll make the changes for you.

ebrary’s default banner shows the name of your institution in white lettering on a dark-blue background and is 42 pixels high.

Two banner customization options:

1. Create your own banner:

– 42 to 100 pixels high (42 is recommended)

– Variable width

– Any links must open up in a new window

– Either send ebrary the banner image, or host it on your site and provide ebrary with a static URL to it

– Example of customer-created banner:

2. Request customization(s) to the default banner:

– Request a change to the institution name displayed

– Request a color change:

Color must be given in #hex

– Request to add a logo:

Logo file must be in .gif or .tif (preferred), or .jpg (acceptable)

42 to 100 pixels high (42 is recommended)

Logos are placed on left side of banner unless specified

– Request links to be added:

Links will open in a new window

Suggestions:

Link to “Ask a Librarian”

Link to your main library page

– Example of banner with logo and color customization:

 

To create search strings to specific subject areas on an ebrary site

The easiest way to create a search string to specific content on an ebrary site is to build the search and then copy and paste the resulting URL:

  1. Go to your ebrary site at http://site.ebrary.com/lib/XXXXX
    where XXXXX is your ebrary site name
  2. Click the “Advanced Search” link
  3. Enter search criteria that gives the results you want.  You can, for example, use LC Call numbers (See below)
  4. Once you’ve got the search you want, you can then copy the URL at the top of the ebrary screen.  That URL will include the search details
  5. You can then paste that URL into emails or onto a web page, etc.  The URL will take the user to the ebrary site (they will need to have authorization) and will show the titles that meet the search criteria

Library of Congress (LC) call numbers are one way to search particular subject areas.  The following link gives the basics of LC Call number ranges:

http://www.loc.gov/catdir/cpso/lcco

Here’s an example URL to the History titles on our title preview site.  This URL was built by going to our title preview site, http://site.ebrary.com/lib/alltitles, and doing an Advanced Search for the LC call numbers for History, which are d to f3799.

http://site.ebrary.com/lib/alltitles/search.action?adv.x=1&fromSearch=fromSearch&f00=lccn&p00=d&p00_upper=f3799&search=Search

What does the $ icon under the check box in some search results indicate?

Basically, the $ icon is used to indicate titles that are purchasable and that you do NOT already have on your ebrary site.

The $ icon only appears:

  • next to purchasable titles that you do NOT already have on your ebrary site
  • when you are signed in with an admin-enabled username (that is, end users won’t see the $ icons, and an admin won’t see the $ icons if not signed in)
  • in searches under the Admin tab or in the Working List (which is only available to admins)

Examples:

  • If you have a title in an active PDA collection, then it is already available on your ebrary site and so the $ icon will NOT display.
  • If you already own the title or it is in a subscription collection you have, the $ icon will NOT display.
  • If you do an Admin > Acquisitions search and leave the collection at “All Purchasable (Excludes Holdings)” then all of the results will have a $ icon because they are all purchasable and are not already on your site
  • But, if you do an Admin > Acquisitions search and change the collection to “All (Includes Holdings)” then some of the results might not have a $ icon next to them because you’ve asked it to even show titles already available on your ebrary site (and those won’t have a $ icon).

 

Admins: To refresh a PDA collection (to remove duplicates and titles no longer PDA-eligible)

You can clear out duplicates entries in your PDA collections, as well as titles that are no longer PDA eligible, using the following steps.   The process is a bit tedious if you have a lot of PDA collections.

  • Go to the Profile tab
  • Click “Edit Profile” for the first collection
  • Un-check the PDA box (to make this collection temporarily not PDA)
  • Click “Update
  • You’re then taken back to the Profile tab
  • Click “Edit Profile” for that same collection
  • Check the PDA box (to make this collection PDA again)
  • Click “Update
  • The system will warn you that only PDA-eligible titles will be included.  Note that any titles already on your site (even just in other active PDA collections) are not considered PDA-eligible, and so will be removed.
  • Repeat these steps for each of your PDA collections.

Admins: Sample code for an ebrary search widget

In the code below, replace xxxxx with your ebrary site ID (that is, http://site.ebrary.com/lib/xxxxx should be the URL of your ebrary site).  The long lines appear cut off, but just drag over the lines of code, copy, and paste.

<form action="http://site.ebrary.com/lib/xxxxx/search.action" target="_parent">
<table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" border="0">
<tr>
<td style="background-color: #dcdcdc; vertical-align: middle; padding: 9px 0px 0px 11px;" width="67">
<img src="http://www.ebrary.com/corp/images/ebrary-search01.gif" alt="ebrary" width="138" height="20" hspace="0" vspace="0" border="0">
</td>
</tr>
<tr>
<td style="background-color: #dcdcdc; vertical-align: middle; padding: 9px; white-space: nowrap;" colspan="2">
<input type="text" name="p00" value="">
<input type="submit" name="search" value="Search">
</td></tr></table></form>

 

To use an EZproxy proxied link to your ebrary site, it is not quite as simple as just inserting the proxied link.  Instead, you need to use the following which has a different first line.  (Note, even though you cannot see the full length of the lines, just drag over them, copy, and paste):

<form  action="http://ezproxy.yourproxy.edu/form?qurl=http%3a%2f%2fsite.ebrary.com%2flib%2fxxxxx%2fsearch.action"  target="_parent" method="post">
<table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" border="0">
<tr>
<td style="background-color: #dcdcdc; vertical-align: middle; padding: 9px 0px 0px 11px;" width="67">
<img src="http://www.ebrary.com/corp/images/ebrary-search01.gif" alt="ebrary" width="138" height="20" hspace="0" vspace="0" border="0">
</td>
</tr>
<tr>
<td style="background-color: #dcdcdc; vertical-align: middle; padding: 9px; white-space: nowrap;" colspan="2">
<input type="text" name="p00" value="">
<input type="submit" name="search" value="Search">
</td></tr></table></form>

 

Replace:

http://ezproxy.yourproxy.edu

with your proxy URL

And replace:

xxxxx

with your ebrary site identifier