Showcases

Added by Elizabeth Smith (12/12/2022 - 12:47)
Last updated by Elizabeth Smith (02/07/2023 - 11:32)
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Showcases display a visual carousel of items to the library’s specifications and will automatically appear throughout the Vega Discover catalog when relevant, helping libraries promote their entire catalog of items and encouraging virtual exploration. Showcases can be tied to the Resource page of the related title or embedded in a website or email displaying up to 20 titles at a time.

PrairieCat Guidelines for Showcase Permissions

Showcase permissions are tied to a user’s library account in Vega Discover. Once a user has these permissions, they will be able to view the showcases they have created and have access to All the showcases in the PrairieCat consortium.

Admin Role

Libraries will create 1 patron account exclusively for using Showcases. This account will be
assigned the Admin Role, which will allow the user to create, edit, publish, and delete showcases.

  1. Set up a new patron account for your Vega Admin account.
    • To set up a patron record for your VEGA Admin account, set the patron type to 154 LIBRARY USE 42 (note that this account should not be used to placed holds!) and set the NAME to your library’s full name + VEGA ADMIN. Entering the name this way allows you to do a name search in the Checkout function and locate all of your library’s internal use accounts.
  2. After the patron account is created, submit a help desk ticket using the Vega Discover queue with the account barcode number. PrairieCat staff will then assign Showcase Admin permissions to that account. 
  3. Next, the library staff in charge of the account needs to edit the Nickname in the Profile in Vega. This will allow for identification of the showcases associated with your library. Use your library’s delivery code—Admin (i.e. PDBB—Admin; ANDG—Admin).
  4. NOTE: If this account information is shared, libraries will need to change the pin of the account whenever there are staff changes.

Staff Role

Libraries may request Staff permissions be added to other library staff accounts. The Staff role will allow the user to view the showcases tab, create draft showcases, and update / delete the showcases they have created. Only the Admin role can publish and unpublish showcases.

  1. Submit a help desk ticket using the Vega Discover queue with the account barcode number requesting the staff role. PrairieCat staff will then assign Showcase Staff permissions to that account.
  2. Next, the library staff needs to edit the Nickname in the Profile. This will allow for identification of the showcases associated with your library. Use your library’s delivery code—First Name (i.e. PDBB—First Name ; ANDG—First Name).
  3. NOTE: If a staff member leaves the library and has Vega Showcase permission, please submit a help desk ticket with the library staff barcode number so the permissions can be removed.

Please review the Innovative documentation for Administering Showcases and the FAQ below. If you still have a question or are experiencing an issue, please submit a help desk to PrairieCat and select the Vega Discover queue. Please note, Innovative is doing two-week releases of fixes and enhancements. You can follow along on the product roadmap here and submit ideas. 

Showcases FAQ

  1. Saved Lists/Bookmarks – Users can save up to 200 lists. Saved lists remain with your account until you delete them.
  2. Saved Searches – Users can save up to 100 searches. Saved searches remain with your account until you delete them.
  3. Showcases display on the resource page by most recently created.
  4. Showcases created by all libraries will display on the resource page of the related resource.
  5. The name of the Showcase has a character limit of 50. 
  6. Deleting a showcase doesn't delete the list or saved search you used to create the showcase.
  7. If you publish a list of 25 titles and then create the embed code that limits to 20 titles, which 5 titles are dropped? The last 5 added to the list? The last five based on the order you applied. And they are only ‘dropped’ from the widget display, if the patron clicked view all or the linked title of the showcase they would see them all in the list.
  8. Can showcases be embedded on the homepage of the collection and kiosk sites? Not at this time.
  9. Editing - You do not need to unpublish the showcase in order to edit. Changes made to the Showcase will update such as changing the display name; adding/removing titles in a Saved List; updating a Saved Search

Other

  1. How do I link to works using a bibliographic record ID? Details here: https://documentation.iii.com/vega/admin/admin/Link_to_Works_BibID.htm
  2. How do I link to works using an ISBN? Details here: https://documentation.iii.com/vega/admin/admin/Link_to_Works_ISBN.htm

In Development

  1. Libraries have access to controls that allow them to customize the Vega Discover Home Page with various showcases of library materials. This feature is Now in Progress on the Innovative product roadmap.
  2. Showcases can be copied, along with their parent saved searches or lists for reuse by other staff members.
  3. Provide showcases in search results based on the user's search criteria.
  4. The ability to add content from a Sierra create list or from a vendor like the NY Times is in the development queue. 

Example Showcase from a Saved Bookmark List

Example Showcase from a Saved Search

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