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Local Customizations within the I-Share Local Default WebVoyage Configuration

I-Share libraries may customize certain aspects of their WebVoyage interface:

Details about these customization options appear below.


Most I-Share libraries have decided to submit a customized banner image file. This is entirely optional. You do not need to submit a new banner. If you do not submit a new banner you will continue to see the generic banner with your institution's name on it.

If you submit a new banner, your library liaison will need to send an xxxbanner.gif file (where xxx is the three-letter code for your institution) as an attachment to an email to the . Your liaison may send the xxxbanner.gif at any time. CARLI staff will replace your institution's existing banner.gif with the one you supply.

There are almost no design constraints on the banner. Of course, the taller the banner is, the more users will need to scroll down, on various pages of the interface, to use the catalog.

The appeal of supplying your own banner will likely be the opportunity to use colors or logos that are familiar to your users from elsewhere on your campus or your web site. If, however, you'd like to harmonize colors with those used in the I-Share local default WebVoyage, these are they:

red: 9c0000
khaki: 9c9c63
green: 003921
ivory: ffffce
old ivory: d6d6a5

If what your institution would like to accomplish with the WebVoyage banner cannot be done with a simple .gif file (for instance, if you would like for the banner to include an image map), please contact the CARLI Office. Your html will need to be combined with some CARLI-developed html. According to the former WebVoyage Customization Guidelines, any image map on the banner image must contain some area that will link the user back to a new session in the public catalog.

Logout URL

Generally, CARLI will configure the WebVoyage "Quit" button to lead users to the "library URL" as recorded in the CARLI directory. Please check the behavior of your WebVoyage "Quit" button to make sure it leads your users to the web page you believe is most appropriate. If you would like to specify a different URL, please have your library liaison send a note to the . Your liaison may send a new preferred logout URL at any time.

Logon Page Instructions

CARLI encourages libraries to customize the instructions their users see on the WebVoyage Logon Page, to explain local practice regarding the length of the barcode, etc. Please to begin this process.

Request Button

If your library decides to begin to support call slip requests in the local catalog for the first time, or if you decide to disable all user-initiated requests in your local catalog, your I-Share library liaison should notify the CARLI Office.

Call Number Search

The "Call Number" search option that appears by default on the I-Share local default WebVoyage Quick Search page is the translation of the "CALL" search code. The "CALL" search searches call numbers in the 852 $h and $i of the mfhd record, regardless of the indicators on the field. In other words, the "CALL" search retrieves any kind of call number, whether it’s LC, Dewey, NLM, SuDoc, or "other." In addition to "CALL," Voyager supports several other searches that are specific to certain types of call number:

MDEW retrieves Dewey call numbers 
MLC# retrieves LC call numbers 
MSUD retrieves SuDoc call numbers 

Voyager "normalizes" call numbers for indexing. Normalization affects spacing and punctuation and improves the chances that the call numbers will sort in correct order. Call numbers from different schemes are normalized according to rules appropriate to each scheme. Likewise, the user’s search input is normalized according to the kind of search she does. The system compares normalized search input to normalized indexes to find matches. Since the generic "CALL" search searches all kinds of call numbers, the user’s search input will be normalized according to the rules the system determines are most likely to apply. Sometimes the search input for a local ("home-grown" or "other") number will look to the system like an LC number, and so it will apply its LC normalization rules. Sometimes the number a user types will be mistaken for a Dewey number, and so on. The generic "CALL" search is a compromise; it is not optimized for any particular kind of call number searching. If your library uses, for instance, only LC call numbers for its collection, the "MLC#" search may be better suited to your catalog than the generic "CALL" search. If your library uses multiple classification schemes, then offering the single, generic "CALL" search, despite its drawbacks, may be the best solution for your users.

By default the I-Share local WebVoyage presents a Call Number browse option. Browses deposit the user in an index and allow the user to page forward and backward through that index. If the user does a call number browse for PR1408, she will be able to browse backward through all call numbers before that number and forward through all numbers after it. If the users does a call number search for PR1408, in contrast, she will be able to page from PR1408.A1 through PR1408.Z99 but will not be able to page through call numbers before or after PR1408. Call number browses cannot be limited by location, date, language, or any other limit criteria. Call number searches can be limited by any of the limit criteria available in WebVoyage.

Institutions may change the call number option on the Quick Search page of WebVoyage. To do so, the I-Share library liaison should send a note to the  that specifies:

  1. The call number search type code to be used
  2. Whether the call number option should be a browse or a search
  3. The translation for the search type code that should display to the users
  4. The relative position in the list of search types for the call number option

Additional options for call number search configuration in WebVoyage are described in SuDoc Call Number Searching in Voyager.

Location Limits

Institutions may add location limit options to the More Limits page in WebVoyage by defining Location Limit Groups in SysAdmin-->System. "Suppress in OPAC" must be deselected. To see the new location limit options appear you will need to begin a new WebVoyage session; refreshing the page is not sufficient.

Quick Limits

The Quick Limits that are available by default are those established by the VISCom PAC Task Force and documented in Limits in the I-Share Implementation of WebVoyage:

  • Last 5 years
  • Books
  • Magazines / Journals
  • Films / Videos
  • Music scores
  • Music recordings
  • Spoken word recordings

Quick Limits can be created out of any "ANDed" combination of limits from the More Limits page. For instance, a Quick Limit for "English-language serials" would be possible, because it would be built out of the "type" limit for serials AND the "language" limit for English. In contrast, a limit that implies a logical OR (such as a Quick Limit to "Spanish or Portuguese") is not possible. Users can accomplish a limit of this nature by selecting multiple limits from the same box on the More Limits page.

To change the Quick Limit options that appear in your institution's WebVoyage, you may submit a text file to the  that contains an edited version of the [Simple_Limits] stanza, together with whatever additional stanzas it invokes, of the limits.ini file. Libraries do not have direct access to their WebVoyage limits.ini file. CARLI staff will install the Quick Limits for you. Quick Limits are documented in chapter 5 of the WebVoyage User's Guide. By default, I-Share libraries' Quick Limits stanzas look like this:

1=Last 5 years
5=Music scores
6=Music recordings
7=Spoken word recordings

[Last 5 Years]




[Music scores]

[Music recordings]

[Spoken word recordings]

Possible limit types include DATE, LANG, LOCA, MEDI, PLAC, STAT, and TYPE. To create a combination Quick Limit, simply list each element of the limit on a separate, numbered line. For instance:

[Serials in English]

As noted above, location limits defined in System Administration will appear automatically on the More Limits page. To make them appear as Quick Limit options, use the LOCA limit type and the Location Limit Group Name (not the Location Limit Group Code) as defined in your System Administration. For instance:

[Main Library]

For additional information about WebVoyage limits, please consult Limits in the I-Share Implementation of WebVoyage and the WebVoyage User's Guide.