Serra Explorer v2 RC is here!
Serra Explorer is a proof of concept tool that demonstrates how metadata from a library catalogue can be collected and re-purposed using an iPhone or iPad. If your library catalogue is driven by Sierra, feel free to download this and have a play.
31/10/2017: The discovery of a vulnerability with barcode searching in Webpac has seen this function disabled on our catalogue. The iPhone interface of this “app” was geared specifically for listing items by searching barcodes so this is useless now. All other functionality shouldn’t be affected.
The database made a brief appearance at VALA 2014 but version 1 was never released. This version is a complete rewrite with more field mappings and even more data clean up functions and thanks to new features in Filemaker Go. A number of interfaces are included within a single file and while all of them can be accessed by any device, the built in scripts only use screens intended for the specific device being used. The iPhone “version” is intended primarily as a tool for quickly creating a list of items and emailing the list as a spreadsheet.
Watch it in action
- Scan bacodes or search manually
- Explore metadata
- Create and share lists
- Choose which items to add to your list or automatically add items as you scan the barcodes.
- Create a packing list as you're boxing up the items to ensure your list is accurate
- Email a spreadsheet of cleaned metadata directly to the recipient as soon as you've finished.
- Supplement metadata from related fields
- Search other libraries
Theoretically* this should work with any other library catalogue running Sierra. Switching between catalogues is as simple as changing the URL to the catalogue and a short list of other university catalogues has been added. While you obviously can't scan their barcodes without visiting the libraries you can still test out the the catalogue search functions.
*Almost every other library metadata standard has its fair share of quirks and exceptions. If the app fails please let me know.
* Barcode scanning will not work on earlier models due to inadequate camera resolution
This database file is completely unlocked. There are no passwords required to access or modify the database. Last updated 30/5/2017.
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.