Resource Flows

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What is a Resource Flow?

Resource Flows are scrollable, visual lists of resources. Feature your reading lists with scrolling book jackets linked to your catalog listings. Resource Flows integrate with your EDS (EBSCO Discovery Service) or ILS (Integrated Library System) system to allow users to find more information and place requests.

Resource Flow with Book Jackets

Create a Resource Flow

To Create a Resource Flow:

  1. Navigate to the Resource Flow tile (Dashboard > Resource Flow).
  2. Click on the ADD NEW button.
  3. Select the Language from the Language drop-down list.
  4. Provide a Title for the Resource flow.

    Title and language

To Autofill Resource information with EDS / ILS:

  1. In the resources section, enter the ISBN number and click the QUERY EDS button (or Query ILS Button if applicable).

    EDS Query
  2. Book information will automatically populate with available information.

To Manual Enter Resource Information:

  1. Enter information for any applicable fields including the ISBN, UPC, Title, Author, BibID, Link.

    Resource Flow Resource Fields
  2. Choose your Display Options:
    1. Request Item Button will display a button above items in Resource flows
    2. Availability Modal is an option for Sierra ILS to display the holdings information of a specific item in the resource flow.
  3. To add a Book Jacket Image:
    1. Add the URL of an image that is hosted on an external site; or
    2. Enable the Upload Image Manually option and click the BROWSE button

    3. Upload or select a previously uploaded file.

Note: External Book Jacket Image URLs may expire. When this happens, the image(s) will no longer be displayed in your Resource Flow. If you plan on having items that are listed in a resource flow for an extended period of time, we recommend that you manually upload book jacket images.

To Add additional Resources

  1. Click the ADD ANOTHER ITEM button
  2. Repeat the above steps to populate the fields.

To Save your Changes:

  1. Click the SAVE button.
Edit a Resource Flow
  1. Navigate to the Resource Flow tile on your dashboard
  2. Find the Resource Flow you wish to edit in the list
  3. Click Edit to the right of the Resource Flow listing

  1. Make any necessary edits to the Resource Flow
  2. Click SAVE to apply your edits
Delete a Resource Flow
  1. Navigate to the Resource Flow tile on your dashboard
  2. Click DELETE to the right of the Resource Flow listing
  3. Click DELETE to confirm the removal of this Resource Flow

Customize Your Resource Flows

You have options to customize your Resource Flows by toggling these options on/off:

  • Arrows - Allow the user to manually scroll to the next slide by clicking on an arrow
  • Auto Play - Set the time for each slide to display in seconds 
  • Infinite Scroll - Continuous scroll from the first slide to the last slide, and repeat
  • Center Mode - The center image (slide) in the row of slides will appear larger so the center of the mini slider is emphasized

To access these options, Navigate to your Dashboard and select the 'System Configuration' tile.

  1. Open the 'System Configuration' tile
  2. Select the 'Site Configuration' tile
  3. Select the tab on the left side of the screen called 'Slider Settings'

  1. Click on the 'Resource Flow' tab and view the options for customization

  1. Click on the boxes to toggle on the features you want to enable
  2. Note: The options that you choose here will apply to all of the resource flows that you create on your site

Create a Resource Flow from an RSS Feed

You can create a Resource Flow from your Sirsi or Sierra RSS Feed that displays the latest 25 items from the feed and updates with new items every hour.

  1. Navigate to your Online Catalog
  2. Perform a search in your catalog and add any filters or limiters that you wish
  3. Click on the RSS Feed icon
  4. You will see a screen full of computer code open

  1. Copy the URL on this screen
  2. Navigate to your Stacks dashboard
  3. Open the 'Resource Flows' tile

  1. Click the 'Copy from RSS' button
  2. Add a title to your Resource Flow

  1. Paste the RSS Feed URL

  1. Select the RSS Format 'Sirsi Blue Cloud' or 'III Sierra' 

  1. Click 'Import Resource Flow'
  2. The Resource Flow will now appear in your Resource Flow list
  3. Click the title to open and view your Resource Flow
  4. You can now add this Resource Flow to a Landing Page
Watch a Video
Stacks in Action: Resource Flows for Public Libraries

Check out how the Stacks Community is using Resource Flows:

Arlington Public Library (Staff Picks, New Coming Soon DVDs)

William Jewell College (Top Picks and New Releases)

Essex Technical High School (Addictive Books)