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

Dynamic Mapping Program (New Version)

Available for download (in .war).

Welcome to download and customize dynamic mapping version 2 for your library! This Java-based new version added a map administration interface and stores shelving map images in an XML database. It enhances the data architecture by switching the mapping scripts from an additional server to the Voyager server where library bibliographic and holding information resides on.

It is developed by Erik Mallory at WSU Computing Center based on the initial ASP scripts by Hongfei Li and mapping ideas brought up and promoted by Nancy Deyoe and other librarians at WSU Libraries. Dynamic mapping at WSU also introduces the animated 3D maps created by Sai Deng using Google SketchUp and Antics which aims to engage the Google generation of students. The simplified map administration allows library staff with no scripting experience to update the map images as well. WSU's dynamic mapping feature was first introduced to the Voyager community at the 2007 EndUser conference, and the new version encourages the potential use of this application by other Voyager libraries.

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

Refer to the main project website for more information.

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).

Wichita Art Musuem

An embedded Google map as well as driving directions will be given on how to go from the WSU main library to the Wichita Art Museum (to whom we are under contract). The starting point can be modified to any place based on the user’s real location. (See example 11).

Presentations and Publications

Go to the dynamic mapping presentations and publications website.