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  1. Cindy Harper
  2. Sierra/ Millennium/ Encore
  3. Thursday, February 01 2018, 10:07 AM
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Hello all - long ago my former library found the III URL Verify function unmanageable. I've never looked to see if it was ever updated to turn it into something that was useful. Can anyone else comment on how they are keeping up with URLs for websites other than e-resources in their catalog? We use WebPac and Sierra, not Encore. Can you share your workflow?

I'm thinking about exporting my 856s and record numbers, verifying outside of III, and reloading the resultant corrected urls.

Cindy Harper

charper@vts.edu
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Is anyone using goo.gl links to provide aliases for on-campus links that change frequently?

For example, we've tried to provide links to our faculty publications page on each bib record for a faculty member's writings. These URLs keep changing. I'm thinking of setting up a goo.gl account for these. But that's just another breakable part in the catalog.

charper@vts.edu
  1. Cindy Harper
  2. 3 weeks ago
I've continued to use URL Checker semi-successfully, despite a serious problem with changed URLs (301 and 302 errors) which I will address below. My workflow basically is to check everything that is not a 301 or 302 error. Some of these I do in big groups; if I'm able to verify that the first URL in a group of other URLs from the same host is actually working, I skip through the rest of those without actually checking all of them. That process gets me through the list in a matter of minutes most days, since the vast majority of reported errors are actually not problems at all, and are mostly in these large groups of a single host causing multiple reported problems.

The one problem that has continued to vex me in the URL Checker, though, is the fact that you cannot make a batch change to accept reported "New" URLs. You can select a group of lines, but you can't make them "checked" so that they'll be changed as a group. I reported this to the Help Desk way, way back in Millennium days, possibly as early as 2002. The call kept getting closed without being resolved, and I kept reopening it, having to explain again each time exactly what was wrong. Since June of 2016, it has been a III "enhancement" according to our Supportal account. Its title is "TX-1191146 - CAT: URL Checker problems", and the new version ticket number is 29593, just in case anyone else wants to pursue it with III. I think I've done all I can on it. Needless to say, I've found the whole thing quite frustrating.

Maurine McCourry, Ph.D.
Technical Services Librarian
Hillsdale College, Mossey Library
mmccourry@hillsdale.edu



mmccourry@hillsdale.edu
  1. Maurine McCourry
  2. 3 weeks ago
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