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AADL's Catalog Gets Social

I was going to write a quick blurb about [http://www.perceptivepixel.com|Perceptive Pixel’s] new [http://fastcompany.com/video/general/perceptivepixel.html|Multi-touch Computer Demonstration] (which you should still totally check out), but I just have to write about the awesomeness that’s sitting in front of me. The [http://www.aadl.org/catalog|AADL catalog] has just been opened up to the public.

Basically, it allows users to add and share information about any item in our catalog using tagging ([http://www.aadl.org/|tag cloud]), reviews ([http://www.aadl.org/sopac/viewrev/?bnum=1277847|example review]), and even comments on reviews.

[http://www.blyberg.net/2007/01/21/aadlorg-goes-social/trackback/|John’s got all the details and a screencast video to watch right here.]

Awesome stuff.

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AADL Pittsfield Branch Screen Saver

Movie #1 – Welcome Screen (mp4) :: Movie #2 – Book Display (mp4) :: Download

greetsfield_welcome

About:
Based on the foundation of the aadl_saver (below), I created a new screen saver to welcome patrons to the new Pittsfield Branch. It contains a welcome screen, listing of events, and multiple dynamic displays of New or Top Books (including cover images) from the AADL RSS feeds. Bonus geek points to anyone that can identify the application which influenced the overall look.

Requirements:
Apple Macintosh running OS X

Installation instructions:
Place the .qtz file in ~/Library/Screen Savers (just for you) or /Library/Screen Savers (for everyone)

Configuration options:
Note: In order to make screen saver option changes “stick”, click off the edited field before clicking “OK”
Feeds = The String containing all the Feeds you want the Screen Saver to display. Screens are Separated by the ‘^’ character, and Displayed Titles are separated from the URLs by the ‘;’ character. The first two Screens should remain hard-coded to “Welcome” and “Events”.

Seconds per Title = Number of seconds that each title will be displayed on the screen

greetsfield_books

Coding:
If you’re interested, you can open the screen saver using [w:Quartz Composer]. You’ll see all the fun I had figuring out exactly how to make those cover image thumbnails slide across the screen.

AADL Books RSS Screen Saver

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aadl_saver1

About:
A dynamic display of New or Top Books (including cover images) from the AADL RSS feeds. Currently only displays books, as the other items don’t have good cover images (yet). Best of all, the information comes from the AADL RSS feeds, meaning it’s always up to date!

Requirements:
Apple Macintosh running OS X

Installation instructions:
Place the .qtz file in ~/Library/Screen Savers (just for you) or /Library/Screen Savers (for everyone)

Configuration options:
Note: In order to make screen saver option changes “stick”, click off the edited field before clicking “OK”
Seconds per Title = Number of seconds that each title will be displayed on the screen
Titles to Display = Total number of titles to grab from the RSS feed (larger lists take longer to download)
Sub (blank = Top) = Subject search for new books (some good examples are “cookery” or “knitting”)– it you leave it blank, the screen saver will display the current Top Books.
Any AADL RSS Feed = Cut and paste the RSS feed address from any RSS icon you see around the site. Even works with your holds and checkouts! The other options are ignored if this field is not blank.

Coding:
If you’re interested, you can open the screen saver using [w:Quartz Composer]. It looks a little intimidating at first, but it’s the most fun I’ve had coding.
aadl_saver_overview