Thanks, Terran! This looks good!

On Wed, Jul 11, 2018 at 12:57 PM, Terran McCanna <> wrote:

> FYI, until Syndetics Unbound works with Evergreen and we move to that, I
> decided to workaround the problems we were encountering with the display of
> Syndetics Classic content by modifying the tt2 files. I've changed the
> display to an in-screen modal pop-up that shows all the available Syndetics
> content (whether or not the perlmod looks for it). It's not perfect, but it
> uses Syndetics' own provided layout rather than trying to pull in the
> content they provide as plain text, and doesn't rely on doing lookups for
> every possible type of review.
> You can see how it works at
> record/2158551?locg=1 (click on the "See Summary, Reviews, and More from
> Syndetics" button towards the bottom of the page below the NoveList added
> content).
> And the code is here if anyone else wants to do something like it (or
> improve upon it) as a local customization:
> ;h=aa4422c78bec5fce371ef5db4ab552be3d1498d0
> Note that my change exposes the library-specific Syndetics id in the URL,
> but I talked with Syndetics about it and reviewed their documentation and
> that's exactly what they expect to happen, so it's not an issue as far as
> they are concerned.
> I had originally tried modifying the Perl code to just do a single
> Syndetics call to check for summary data rather than doing multiple calls
> for all different types of data, but I was encountering problems with it
> giving me false negatives (saying there wasn't data when there was) and
> triggering the code that temporarily disable added content lookups and
> finally decided I had better things to do with my time than argue with old
> code, especially since I assume it will all need to be rewritten to
> accommodate Syndetics Unbound in the not too distant future anyway.
> Terran McCanna
> PINES Program Manager
> Georgia Public Library Service
> 1800 Century Place, Suite 150
> <,+Suite+150++Atlanta,+GA+30345&entry=gmail&source=g>
> Atlanta, GA 30345
> <,+Suite+150++Atlanta,+GA+30345&entry=gmail&source=g>
> 404-235-7138
> On Thu, Mar 29, 2018 at 11:31 AM, Lindsay Stratton <>
> wrote:
>> Well, at least their sales message is consistent!
>> FWIW, because maybe they use the same title for their mock-up?, this is a
>> link to our current catalog for Raven Boys -
>> /opac/record/442294.
>> The Syndetics Classic content we subscribe to displays under the
>> "Summaries and more" tab. It's OK, but not as nice as the fancy Unbound
>> stuff. Although I do notice that we, although we are apparently paying for
>> it, do not have the Professional Reviews... I wonder if that is related to
>> the display issues Terran found.
>> Our Novelist content displays under the "Reviews, Series & Suggest Reads"
>> tab. We are kind of assuming that Unbound content would function similarly.
>> Our main concern is the configuration and display of cover images. We are
>> using the Syndetics Classic API to manage that, and worry that the way
>> Evergreen processes cover images will not play nicely with whatever process
>> Unbound uses.
>> Lindsay
>> Lindsay Stratton
>> Library Automation Services Manager
>> Pioneer Library System
>> 2557 State Rte 21
>> <,+NY+14424&entry=gmail&source=g>
>> Canandaigua, NY 14424
>> <,+NY+14424&entry=gmail&source=g>
>> 585-394-8260 x104
>> ------------------------------

Jessica Woolford
Evergreen Systems Manager
Bibliomation, Inc.
24 Wooster Ave.
Waterbury, CT 06708
203-577-4070 ext. 105

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