CML’s Toolbox

I actually use the library catalog search plug-in for IE already.  I did use the Firefox toolbar when it first came out, but it kept crashing Firefox after I installed it, so I had to lose that unfortunately.  This is no way a reflection on the usefulness of that tool.  The CML FF Toolbar was cool, but I suspect it was incompatible with some element of another plug-in I had running (I run a pretty loaded version on my home PC).  Either way, it’s cool to be able to search our catalog directly from the browser though.

I did however discover Book Burro though while doing this exercise.  Book Burro, I like.  I have since added it to my FF plug-ins and I use it when I am cruising Amazon.  Since I work at a library I don’t actually buy books from Amazon (though they get my hard earned cash in other ways), but I do cruise there constantly looking for reviews and titles to reserve.  Book Burro puts me in instant touch with CML catalog (through WorldCat).  So now I can instantly see without leaving the page if CML has what I want.  Yes indeed, I like this a lot. 

Now if someone would just create a tool where I could submit all the things I want that we do not own!  You know, like a one click “submit this to Collection Development Division” button.  I just know the people at CDD are looking forward to that day.

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