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Interactive Directions for Holding Locations in a Library OPAC
(also called "Dynamic Mapping")

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Dynamic Mapping Program (New Version) | 3D Maps | Presentations and Publications

What is dynamic mapping in the Wichita State University library catalog?

Dynamic mapping provides a customized map display in an online public access catalog for library patrons. After the patron has initiated a search and selected a particular book or other library resource, the patron is given an option to view a dynamic (or interactive) map for the chosen resource.

The dynamic map will display directional information to the patron such as the specific library branch which holds the resource, the floor of the library where the resource will be found, the specific department location, the general location of the shelving range, and a moving image display which shows the searcher which direction to turn as they exit the elevator.

The dynamic map also is suitable for printing and highlights important information such as the call number of the item and item description details.

Examples of Dynamic Maps in WSU OPAC

Materials shelved/ not shelved by LC class number

Maps are displayed at holdings level. The dynamic map will display holding's locations if not shelved by LC class number (see example 1).

If the class number can be applied to that location, the exact shelving position will be displayed (see example 2).

Multiple Maps

Multiple maps are displayed for holdings at different locations (see example 3), or holdings in different formats (see example 4).

For item's visual parts shelved separately, It displays both book's locations and visual part's locations (see example 5).

Special Situations

Some special areas in the library stacks, such as Folios (oversize books), include the entire range of LC classes.The dynamic map highlights these unique materials (see example 6).

For items shelved not at the locations in their holding records, it displays the actual shelving locations (see example 7).

Electronic Resources Display

Links to electronic resources are displayed with the map, so patrons can go to the electronic resource directly from the map display page (see example 8).

If there is only one electronic item or link associated with a bibliographic record, the dynamic map display will be redirected to the online resource in four seconds (see example 9).

Branch Libraries

Patrons will be given directions to items at branch libraries via a dynamic campus map (see example 10).