Thursday, March 02, 2006

Gail Borden in Amazon



Do you use Amazon.com? Do you use the library in Elgin? Do you ever find yourself looking at a book on Amazon.com and wondering if Gail Borden's got it? Then maybe this tool's for you.

It places a link on each Amazon item's page, right after the title (like in the picture above), that allows you to search the GBL database with one click. If the book is checked out you won't even have to click it, because it will tell you right there when it's due back. Intrigued? Follow these 3 easy steps:
  1. First of all, this only works with Firefox, a web browser like Internet Explorer but better. It's free, and you can get it here.
  2. Once you've got Firefox running, click here to install the Grease Monkey extension. A Firefox warning("To protect your computer...") will probably pop up at the top of the page. Just click Edit options, then click Allow, then click Close. Then click here (again). Finally, restart Firefox.
  3. Once Grease Monkey is installed, click here. At the top of the page, you'll see a message starting with "Toodles..." Click the Install button. That's it. You're done. Now go to Amazon.com and see if it works.

3 Comments:

Blogger Cedar said...

I'm curious if Gail Borden Library implemented that greasemonkey script or if someone outside the library system was able to do it. I ask because I just received an email message from my local library system (Montgomery County Public Libraries in Maryland) saying that they had no plans on implementing such a script.

I'm actually embarrassed that our library system is so backwards that they have not done this yet.

5:32 AM  
Blogger The Elginite said...

No, the GBL didn't create the script. You might want to try userscripts.org. They've got almost a million Greasemonkey scripts, library lookups among them. Good luck!

9:24 PM  
Blogger Cedar said...

Thanks. I checked userscript.org earlier and didn't see one for my library system on their site, however a search of their tags did find one. I installed it but it did not work (GBL did as did another library system close-by).

Thanks for your response.

6:24 AM  

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