The Visual Shelf-Browser
A multi-platform compatible way to browse through the shelves of Emory
Library. The product was requested by one of the Library Policy
Committee members, Jonathan Prude, and should have broad appeal to
humanities scholars and library lovers.
Developed to perform well in a standard browser as well as on an
iPhone, iPad, or other mobile platform, the Visual Shelf Browser was
built using Sencha Ext JS. A number of interesting features have been
incorporated into the product, including a topic-related news feed, a
"book bag" to let users build a personal library, book preview, table
of contents, and citations to the book.
Our presentation will cover:
- Introduction & Problem Space (Joan Smith)
- Customer requirements
- Engineering requirements
- Back-end Development (Patrick Cook)
- UI Development (Michael Solomon)
- Data Services (Weian Chen)
- Demos (all)
- Web version
- iPad version
- On-Going Technical Challenges
- Platform-related issues
- Data support issues
- Conclusion (Joan Smith)
About the speakers:
- Joan Smith is the Chief Technology Strategist of the Emory University
Libraries. Her current research focuses on web architecture,
particularly the accessibility of digital content and the preservation
of web resources. She received her Ph.D. in Computer Science from Old
Dominion University in 2008 and undergraduate degrees from University
of Leuven and SUNY. She was Program Manager and Director of
Engineering at Northrop Grumman from 1989 to 2000.
- Weian Chen is a MS student in Computer Science at Emory. He has
a master's degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of
Connecticut (2010), and a BS from Huazhong University in Electronics
- Patrick Cook is a BS/MS student in Computer Science at Emory.
He is a 2010 recipients of the Deborah Jackson Award,
which honors the academic achievements of undergraduate juniors and
seniors in the department of Mathematics and Computer Science.
- Michael Solomon is a PhD student in Computer Science and Informatics
at Emory. He is President at Solomon Consulting Inc., is a security
speaker, consultant, and trainer, and a former college instructor who
specializes in database and application-level security topics.
Michael has an MS in Computer Science from Emory University (1998),
and a BS in Computer Science from Kennesaw State University (1987).