Xerxes live at my institution

We have gone live with Xerxes, an open-source interface to Metalib originally by David Walker at CSU.  I’ve spent a lot of time myself adding features and changes to Xerxes to meet our needs, with a few more still planned. (David Walker is great to work with. I heartily endorse working with David Walker on any distributed open source projects you can.)  To be clear, all features and changes added by me have been contributed and accepted back in the main Xerxes project (someitmes as configurable options), there are no special features here not available in the latest versions of the standard Xerxes release.

We plan to use Xerxes as not only our federated search service, but also as our public-facing directory of databases. [Switching over all the links on our web pages from our previous database directory service to Xerxes won’t be done until after the semester ends, however.]

You can see our Xerxes installation at:

http://jhsearch.library.jhu.edu

[If you still see Metalib and not Xerxes, your local DNS doesn’t have our new records yet, give it a day.]

Accessing Xerxes that way, you won’t be able to actually perform any searches without credentials.

However, you can access it as a guest, and it will allow you to perform searches on publicly available resources, not really sure how many of those we have in our subject sets (actually difficult for me to check from on-campus, becuase on-campus it will let me search them even as ‘guest’. , but you can check it out:

http://jhsearch.library.jhu.edu/authenticate/guest

(update, now that I’m home, try the medicine subject after authenticating as guest, you can search pubmed and popline. It gave me an error once, not sure why, but seems to be mostly working. If you don’t authenticate as guest first, it will prompt you for local credentials on search even though they are free. authenticate as guest first by accessing the above url.)

[ If you see any resources we’ve mistakenly made available to ‘guest’ that you really think are licensed, please do let me know.]

update 6:50pm EST: I’ll actually specifically direct you to a feature you’re likely to miss, because it’s intentionally subtle, it’s more for librarian than user use. Look for the “generate embed snippet” link on a subject page (or database detail page), and click on it, to see, for example, this. What’s the better name for that service, anyone?

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4 Responses to Xerxes live at my institution

  1. Doug says:

    Jonathan, your links have the URL right in the link text, but they both actually point to http://code.google.com/p/xerxes-portal/

    Also, hello!

  2. jrochkind says:

    Thanks, fixed. And hey Doug, nice to hear from you!

  3. Diman says:

    So, just copy and paste the url and not use the hyperlink ;-)

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