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Handy Library Search is a stand alone application. Patrons of your library are allowed to search the library main catalog without launching the library administrator program. You can customize some options of the Handy Library Search (search.ini).

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search.ini file is stored in the c:\handy_lib\data\db folder.

[SearchBy] this section lists the fields that will be available for searching in the "Search By " drop-down lists. Each field name must be followed by = character.

[Grid] this section contains the fields that will be displayed in the grid of the Search program. Each field name is followed by = character and the width of the column.

[db] this section defines the way results are displayed on the grid.
all_copies= without y character, only main items from the library catalog are listed on the grid.
all_copies=y all copies from the library catalog are listed. You can use data fields from the copy (CALL, LOANED, COST, BARCODE, ...) in the Grid section.

[view] this section defines how item information is displayed in the detail window.




This is another sample of the library search configuration file.

[Grid] section contains copy data fields: CALL, BARCODE, LOANED.

[db] section has all_copies=y.

[view] section defines custom view catalogview.htm


Questions:
We wish to use OPAC for our library collection. Please guide us.

When using the Library Search Module, the only module that will not be password protected, the Call is shown in the copy information section (right hand window) and we have to scroll down to be able to see it. If one of our volunteers is trying to find the location of an item this is what they need to see. The Call needs to be near top with title and author. Is there a way we can change the location of this field.

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