Local OPAC Links

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INTRODUCTION
In addition to being able to link to publicly accessible OPACs, Classification Web can create links from classification numbers to bibliographic records in a local OPAC.  In order to link to bibliographic records in a local OPAC, the OPAC must be able to perform a classification number search using just a URL.  ClassWeb makes all of its OPAC links using regular URLs and does not support the use of forms that require you to "submit" your search.

Once you have configured your account to use a local OPAC, when you click on a bibliographic link, you will either be taken directly to the OPAC of your choice (if you haven't choosen any publicly accessible OPACS) or to a list of OPACs for that classification number.

CONFIGURATION
When making links to the local OPAC, this system creates a URL by taking the user defined "URL prefix" and appending the classification number and any user defined "URL suffix" that has been specified.  In order to configure ClassWeb to link to your OPAC, you should open a separate window in your web browser and run a classification number browse on your OPAC.  Use a simple classification number (like HF1001) so it will be easier to pick apart the URL that is displayed in your web browser's location or address bar.

Following the General Configuration information are sections describing how to configure the links for common integrated library systems.

General Configuration
At a minimum, the "Local OPAC name" and "Local URL prefix" must be input to use this feature.  The URL suffix is optional (it depends on the OPAC).

OPAC name
This is the name which will be displayed by ClassWeb when referring to this OPAC.

URL prefix
This is the beginning portion of the URL that is required to run a classification number search on the local OPAC.  It must include "http://" at the very beginning of the string.  ClassWeb will be appending the classification number to search for after the "Local URL prefix".

URL suffix
This is an optional URL ending that is appended after the classification number to search for in the local OPAC.

INNOPAC Configuration
If your library OPAC is the Inovative Interface's INNOPAC system, all you need to determine is the domain name of the computer that runs your OPAC.  For example, a classification number browse for HF1001 at Bowling Green University will produce a URL like this:

    http://maurice.bgsu.edu/search/c?SEARCH=HF1001

The URL prefix in this case is:

     http://maurice.bgsu.edu/search/c?SEARCH=

All you have to do is replace "maurice.bgsu.edu" with the domain name of the computer that runs your OPAC. There is no "URL suffix" when configuring an INNOPAC system in ClassWeb.

Voyager Configuration
If your library OPAC is a Voyager system,  all you need to determine is the domain name of the computer that runs your OPAC.  For example, a classification number browse for HF1001 at Cornell University will produce a URL like this:

    http://library10.library.cornell.edu/cgi-bin/Pwebrecon.cgi?SC=CallNumber&CNT=25+records+per+page&SA=HF1001&HIST=1

The URL prefix in this case is:

     http://library10.library.cornell.edu/cgi-bin/Pwebrecon.cgi?SC=CallNumber&CNT=25+records+per+page&SA=

All you have to do is replace "library10.library.cornell.edu" with the domain name of the computer that runs your OPAC.

The URL suffix is:

    &HIST=1

Geac Configuration
If your library OPAC is a Geac GeoWeb 4 or GeoWeb 5 system, it is also possible to create a link between ClassWeb and your OPAC. To do this you must first contact your Geac sales representative to obtain the required GeoWeb software changes that will be called with the link search string and build the URL such as the one below.

Sample URL Prefix:

http://208.144.226.215:8030/LOGIN:sessionid=0:entitylanginit=FALSE:entitylang=eng:next=NEXTCMD%22/QUERY:&context;:dbname=Geac%7fnextbrowse=html/wordlist_response_link.html%7fbad=html/bad_search.html%7findexsrch=lc=%7ftermsrch=

You must replace "208.144.226.215:8030" with the domain name of the computer that runs your OPAC.

Sample URL Suffix:

    %7fentitytempjds=TRUE%7fbrowseflag=true%7fpos=5%7f&ScreenCount++%22

Other Systems
If you use a different OPAC from the ones listed above, the basic strategy is to run a classification number browse for a simple number like HF1001 and look at the URL that is produced.  Everything before the classification number in the URL is the "URL prefix".  Anything after the classification number is the "URL suffix".

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