[Koha] Help with searching from a Google Android phone
ohiocore at gmail.com
Wed Sep 9 18:08:18 NZST 2009
Other barcode scanning applications for android already integrate with
backends that display retail availability in your area, and on the internet,
with pricing.... and some even tie in with OCLC data to tell you what nearby
libraries have the same book. With maps!
So I'm not sure how well the simple scan-to-OPAC functionality can compete
with the likes of those. Notably, all these exist because Google open
sourced the basic code for interpolating a barcode off the camera... an
otherwise tricky hardware-dependent feat.
(long-time G1 user)
On Mon, Sep 7, 2009 at 7:46 PM, Nicole Engard <nengard at gmail.com> wrote:
> This tutorial has been added to the wiki :)
> I'll add it to the manual too later.
> 2009/9/6 Irma Birchall <irma at calyx.net.au>:
> > Mark,
> > Really cool!
> > A very nice way to check on the availability or status of a library item
> > (already in the catalogue) as well, as one can pre-save an item's ISBN in
> > the phone.
> > If the item is available (currently on loan or not), the next thing then
> > to place a hold on this item (via the phone's web access) for collection
> > a later time.
> > If the query to the catalogue yields no result, could that ISBN then be
> > forwarded to the library as a suggestion for acquisition? Or am I opening
> > can of worms ...
> > Thank you for sharing your news and the "How to".
> > Irma
> > CALYX information essentials
> > ________________________________
> > From: koha-bounces at lists.katipo.co.nz
> > [mailto:koha-bounces at lists.katipo.co.nz] On Behalf Of Mark Osborne
> > Sent: Monday, 7 September 2009 12:13 PM
> > To: Irma Birchall
> > Cc: koha at lists.katipo.co.nz
> > Subject: Re: [Koha] Help with searching from a Google Android phone
> > Very VERY low-tech solution.
> > Search Koha with a Google Android phone:
> > 1) Install Barcode Reader app from the Android store ($0)
> > 2) Open the app and go Menu > Settings.
> > 3) In 'Custom product search URL' and enter http://<your
> > server>/cgi-bin/koha/opac-search.pl?idx=nb&q=%s
> > 4) OK and exit. Scan an item with an ISBN barcode. Enjoy.
> > MArk
> > 2009/9/7 Irma Birchall <irma at bigpond.net.au>
> >> Hi Mark,
> >> This is very exciting news!!!! Well done!!!!
> >> It could has major implications for Koha's standing and adoption with
> >> libraries that have many patrons with Google Android phones!
> >> How technically complex was the setting up on your phone? Would the non
> >> techie phone owner find it possible to configure?
> >> I can't try it as I don't have such a phone ....
> >> Irma
> >> CALYX information essentials
> >> ________________________________
> >> From: koha-bounces at lists.katipo.co.nz
> >> [mailto:koha-bounces at lists.katipo.co.nz] On Behalf Of Mark Osborne
> >> Sent: Monday, 7 September 2009 11:33 AM
> >> To: Chris Cormack
> >> Cc: koha at lists.katipo.co.nz
> >> Subject: Re: [Koha] Help with searching from a Google Android phone
> >> *Embarrassed cough* Yes, it does work with a different ISBN. Well
> >> Chris. We now have Google Android smartphone barcode searching of our
> >> catalogue! Thanks for your help.
> >> Mark
> >> 2009/9/7 Chris Cormack <chris at bigballofwax.co.nz>
> >>> 2009/9/7 Mark Osborne <mosborne at ashs.school.nz>:
> >>> > Hi,
> >>> > Have tried both of these suggestions but get something like 'No
> >>> > match your search for 'nb,wrdl:9780143018674" in Catalog.'
> >>> > Mark
> >>> >
> >>> Ahh, and that ISBN definitely exists in your Koha?
> >>> Chris
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