LibX – a Firefox extension for libraries

LibX is a Firefox extension that provides direct access to your library’s resources. LibX is an open source framework from which editions for specific libraries can be built. Currently, 19 academic and public libraries are offering LibX editions to their users, an additional 44 libraries are testing editions. Take a look at the screenshots & screencasts.

LibX Features

  • Toolbar & right-click context menu: Direct access to the catalog via a toolbar and context (right-click) menu – automatic construction of simple or advanced searches. Search by entering terms, select and right-click, or select and drag-and-drop without having to navigate to the library catalog page.
  • Adaptive context menus: The context menu changes automatically depending on what is selected. For instance, if an ISBN is selected, the context menu will offer the option to search directly using that specific identifier. Currently recognized are CrossRef DOIs, ISBNs, and ISSNs, and PubMed IDs.
  • OpenURL support: LibX gives direct access to your institution’s OpenURL resolver, which can directly point you at the full text of an article you are looking for.
  • Google Scholar Support (The ‘Magic Button’): Select text and search for the selected text on Google Scholar. In addition, LibX will read Scholar’s results for you, determine whether the paper was found and if so, ask the OpenURL resolver for a paid-for copy, should you not have access to the copy to which Scholar links.
  • Web Localization via Embedded Cues: LibX places localized cues in web pages you visit if the library has resources related to that page. Whenever you see the cue, click on the link to look at what the library has to offer.
  • Autolinking: Based on Jesse Ruderman’s autolinking script, LibX automatically links ISBNs, ISSNs, DOIs, and other identifiers to the catalog or OpenURL resolver.
  • Support for xISBN: Support for OCLC’s xISBN: find a book, given an ISBN, even if the library holds this book under a different ISBN.

LibX was created by Annette Bailey and Godmar Back.


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