Search your library’s catalog more completely

For libraries that have Z39.50-compliant catalogs with ISBN, ISSN, LCCN, or Predictable URL capabilities

Introduction

This feature enables library staff members and/or patrons to see if a title they’ve found in Books In Print®, Global Books In Print®, or Resources for College Libraries® is located in their library.
 
First, the license administrator must establish a profile (see "How to Establish a Profile" below for instructions). Setup is easy via Predictable URL or for libraries that have Z39.50-compliant catalogs with ISBN, ISSN, LCCN, or Title Search capabilities. Once the profile is created, the user simply selects the title and clicks on Search Catalog to show availability in their ILS catalog.
 
If a library has a consortium account and has several catalogs, users can choose which catalog to search when using Z39.50 or if using Predictable URL, all branch information will be displayed. (If you have both profiles setup, Predictable URL will be used instead of Z39.50.)

 
  1. ISBN (no dashes)
  2. Title (Title only – not subtitle),
  3. Author (Last Name, First Name format and if no author, the first contributor will be passed
For Professionals
Search Books In Print, then easily check Hooks to Holdings to verify which titles you own and which ones you should purchase.

For Patrons
Search the full breadth of Books In Print, and then see if the library has the book you need. Place a hold or request an Interlibrary loan without having to leave Books In Print.

OCLC and WorldCat
Now you can link to the holdings of libraries across the country through a new seamless link to OCLC’s WorldCat via Z39.50.

 
How to Establish a Profile Your License Administrator will need to do the following:
1.  Click on Administrator on the top navigation bar and enter your username and password.  If you do not know your credentials, please contact technical support for assistance.

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Your library information will appear on this page:

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2.  Further down on the page, click the link for “Create or Modify” to create or modify your Z39.50 Catalog Profile or Predictable URL for Hooks to Holdings (Search My Library’s Catalog) Profile.
 
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If you choose Predictable URL, this screen will appear:

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If you choose Z39.50, this screen will appear:

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User-added imageHere you will determine how precise or broad you would like the searches run against your OPAC to be.  If you only wish to search on ISBN, leave the optional fields of ISSN, LCCN and Title Search blank. 
However, if you want to receive better matches for your search, regardless of format (hardcover vs. softcover, for example), include these additional fields in your profile.
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3.  Once a profile is saved, users can select Search Catalog on the Search Results page, Full Description area and its tabs, and the Lists area to launch a search of their catalog.  After clicking the "Search Catalog" link, z39.50 users will be prompted to select a profile.  Predictable URL users will receive a pop-up window showing any results available in their OPAC. 

Examples:

From the SEARCH RESULTS screen:
If using Search Catalog from a list of search results, you can select and search up to ten titles at a time.

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From the FULL DESCRIPTION screen:

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From within a LIST:
If using Search Catalog from a list of search results, you can select and search up to ten titles at a time.

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Troubleshooting

For more troubleshooting and technical information, contact technical support.