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Find an overview of the general features available in OLIB Service Pack 13.

Redesign of the Menu

The Folders, New Record or Saved Searches tabs are no longer available as tabs on the right- hand side of the menu.

Folders and Saved Searches continue to be available in each domain in the Other Searches dropdown.

A new record can be created via the domains as before.

Changes to Folders

Changes have been made to folders to allow for better performance for those OLIB systems that have large numbers of records (especially Titles), assigned to Folders.

Accessing Folders

Folders are now accessed from the Searches> Folders domain:

You will see the folders you created listed here. If you are logged in as the System Administrator, you will see all folders created.

Folders are no longer available in Cataloguing> Personal Folders. They continue to be available from Other Searches.

When you open a Folder from the Folders domain or the Other Searches dropdown, this consistently opens the details of the Folder, rather than displaying a hitlist of the items in the Folder:

The Folder record details have been extended to present a Contents list for every type of folder, not just Titles, Users and Copies.

Use Up/down links to change position in the list. With the folder record in modify, simply select the item to be moved.

To display a hitlist of the items in the Folder, click in the Show as list hyperlink:

This hitlist allows you to change the sorting and/or add filter options, should the folder contain a very large list of items.

Removing items from Folder

To remove an item from a folder, modify the record and select the items you wish to remove. Click the Delete option.


When items are removed from the folder, they no longer appear in the Contents box.

Adding items to Folder

Whilst a folder record is in modify mode, items can only be added in the tab in which the folder is being edited. Attempting to add items in from a hitlist (whether by another user or not) will report that the folder is being modified by another user and not add the items.

Once the folder record is no longer in modify mode, items can be added by anyone (with permission) from a hitlist.

There are 2 ways to add Titles to the Folder using the Folders domain.

In the Folders domain

  1. Add items to folder via Titleno

  1. In the Title Numbers field, add the Titleno on separate lines - input them directly or paste them from another application.
  2. Having added all the numbers, click the Add Titles to Folder button.
  3. On completion Save and Close.

Add items to folder via Search link


  1. Click Search to run a search for a title.
  2. Click Insert to add a title or use Insert and Continue to add titles to the folder but stay on the Titles dependent search in order to add more titles.
  3. On completion Save and Close.


When you have added Titles to the folder, they are displayed in the Contents box:

New folders will not be visible in the Other Searches or Folders dropdowns until the next time the user logs in to OLIB Web.

Creating a folder by selecting items from a hitlist and adding a new folder will make the folder available in the Other Searches dropdown and the Folders domain immediately).

Identifying Records in a Folder

The OLIB domains for which Folders are available, Titles, Copies, Users, etc now have a folders attribute that can be added to a layout. This displays the folders that the current record is linked to:


The System Administrator would need to add this to the layout using Layout Manager. The attribute names are all labelled “Folders”, for example Folders (titles2folders_attr)

Searches can now therefore be refined by the Folder names.

In the Refine Search window, select Linked Domains - Folders:

Search by Folder:

This lists all the Folder names in the Refinements window:

Type Ahead Combo Fields

A number of new fields are now available so that staff can simply start typing into a field and a list of possible matches is displayed.

Type ahead combo fields are available for:

  • Publisher and Place of Publication
  • Authors
  • Folders

The system administrator will need to add the relevant attributes to your layout, using Layout Manager.

Example: Publication Details

  1. Add the new attributes Publisher Combo (ti_publisher_typeahead) and Place Combo (ti_place_typeahead) to your layout.
  2. In the Publication control, start typing the first few letters of the Place of Publication:

  1. OLIB immediately displays matches in an alphabetical list, that you can select from.
  2. Do the same for the Publisher Name:

Again, OLIB displays matches alphabetically. Select one and finish by entering the Date of Publication and click >> to complete the publication details entry.

If the place, or publication name, does not exist, you can use the new record in context icon at the side of the field. OLIB displays a new standard input window to complete the details.

For multiple publishers or places in a single imprint line or for other details on this imprint line, click the New link. OLIB displays the new Publication Details layout, where the Publisher and Place fields are now both type-ahead combo controls as standard:

Example: Authors

  1. Add the new attribute Name Combo (ti_author_typeahead) to your layout.
  2. In the new control, start typing the first few letters of the name:

  1. OLIB immediately displays matches in an alphabetical list, that you can select from. Select the Responsibility Type and >> to complete the name record.

Tip: use the comma (,) character to search in the surname and forename fields to increase the relevance of the list:

When the underlying search being used has several input fields you can specify a comma separator “,” between the terms in order to provide a value for the second, third, .. etc fields - for example ch,s.

Example: Folders

By default, a type-ahead combo is present here in the Folder Owner field. This is the Owner (bf_borrower) attribute.

Again, you can use the comma separator to search for users (for example da,j):

Summary of type-ahead controls

The list below shows where these type-ahead combo controls can be used and the new attribute names if you want to add them to your layout using Layout Manager.




Layout Manager Attribute


Any Titles layouts – e.g:

  • General
  • Bibliographic - Full
  • RDA


Publisher Combo



Place Combo (ti_place_typeahead)

Agents, Authors, Editors (RDA Layout)

Name Combo (ti_author_typeahead)


Publication layout (accessed from Titles domain)


The pre-existing attributes now have the new type-ahead feature as standard


Orders Orders Standard Layout Supplier The pre-existing attribute now has the new type-ahead feature as standard


All layouts for each Folder Type, e.g:

  • Titles folder
  • Copies folder
  • Classes folder


Owner (bf_borrower)

Tip: for best results, add these new fields in a group by adding the appropriate snippet to the layout. This will add a selection of attributes, with help text, in a single step rather than finding, adding, sizing and styling the controls yourself. See the Changes to Layout Manager section.

Layout Manager enhancements

A number of enhancements have been added to improve the workflow in Layout Manager.

New Action - Create and Modify Draft

The system administrator can now create a draft sheet and open the sheet in modify mode with a single action. You no longer need to use separate Actions Create Draft and Modify Sheet.

  1. In the domain where you want to edit a sheet, e.g. Users, display a record.
  2. In Sheet Actions select Create and Modify Draft:

The draft sheet loads in Modify mode ready for you to edit as normal.

Attribute Actions placement

The attribute actions remain on-screen (near the top right) when working with a layout, even if the page scrolls down:

New Actions in the Layouts domain

These actions are available to copy, remove or export a layout. To use them: Go to Admin Client Configuration> Layouts.

Search on the layout name. In most cases this is similar to the domain name, e.g. users.

In the hit list, select the correct layout and click the Other Actions drop down to see available actions:

Copy Layout To Archive Domain

OLIB will create a copy of the layout. It will be placed in one of the Archives domains, e.g. Archived Titles, Archived Users. The archive record layout will be placed in the correct matching domain, e.g. an archived Users layout will be placed in Archives> Archived Users. See below.

Attributes that are not included in the Archive domain’s definition will not be included in the layout, although their

labels will.

Copy Layout With Copied Sheets

(Prior to service pack 13). This will duplicate the selected layouts, prefixing the new layouts with Copy of

The new layout will link to copies of the sheet records (that were linked to the original layout)

Copy Layout With Same Sheets

(Prior to service pack 13). This will duplicate the selected layouts, prefixing the new layouts with Copy of

The new layout will link to the same sheet records as its original


Starts an Export download. The output can be imported to another OLIB database. See Export/Import below.

Remove Layout and Sheets

The layout and the sheets belonging to it are deleted from the database.

Remove Layout, keep Sheets

The layout is deleted from the database, but the sheets will still remain and can be re-used.

Example: Create a copy of a layout for archived User records

Tip: you may consider archiving records for which you have a highly customised layout to assist data entry and wish to view the archived records using the same field labels.

  1. In the Layouts domain, when you select Copy Layout to Archive domain, OLIB responds:

A new layout "Archived Staff Users" has been created.

  1. If this is e.g. a Users layout, OLIB places the layout in Archives> Archived Users.
  2. To view it, display the details of any record in Archived Users.
  3. Under the Layouts drop down, the archived Users Layout is visible (Archived Staff Users):

The domain for the layout is now ARCH_BORROWERS.

Note: check that the Layout you are creating an Archives copy for, has all possible Info Types associated with it (see Info Types sheet in the Layout):

If not, the layout will not be displayed in Archives and will still be visible in the “active” domain.

New Action - Insert Labelled Attributes

This allows quick adding of multiple Controls to a sheet. These are the attributes that aren’t already on the current sheet.

Select an existing Label on the sheet and from Actions choose Insert Labelled Attributes.

The new attributes will be added above this label.

OLIB displays available attributes; check the boxes to select your preferred attributes:

OLIB will automatically include the field label (based on the attribute description) and the help text. OLIB will also match the styles and label widths used elsewhere on the sheet.

New Action - Insert Snippet

Snippets in Layout Manager are a collection of related fields/attributes arranged together, with help text, to provide a simple way to add a feature to your own layout(s). When you choose to add the snippet, all the attributes are added to the sheet in one action. This includes field labels, buttons and help text; OLIB also matches the styles and label widths used elsewhere on the sheet.

With OLIB 9 Service Pack 13 these are available in the Titles domain only. They are helpful if you want your own Layout and Sheets to take advantage of the Type-ahead / fast entry fields for cataloguing.

  1. When editing a Titles sheet, select a Label near where you want the new fields to appear. The new fields will be inserted above the label.
  2. In the Actions drop down on the top right choose Insert Snippet.
  3. OLIB displays the available snippets in a popup window. The fields included with each snippet are as follows:


Attributes included

Agents (Authors, Editors, etc) Entry

Name Combo (ti_author_typeahead)

Responsibility Type (ti_prresbty)

Add Name Button (ti_name_add)

Authors / Names (titleauths)

Classmark Entry

Classmark Combo (ti_class_typeahead)

Classes (Type 0) (titleclasses)

Copies Entry

Copy Barcode Entry (ti_copybarcode_entry)

Default copy location (ti_defcopyloc)

Default copy category (ti_defcopycat)

Shelfmark Prefix (ti_sm_prefix)

Copy Shelfmark Entry (ti_shelfmark_entry)

Add Copy Button (ti_copy_add)

Copies (ti_copies)

Publication Entry

Type of Publication information (ti_pub_mxxi_ind2)

Place Combo (ti_place_typeahead)

Publisher Combo (ti_publisher_typeahead)

Publication Date Entry (ti_pub_tdate)

Publication (ti_publisher)

Tip: in Admin Client Configuration> Sheets, you can search for all Snippets. Enter Wildcard

% in the Sheet Name and use Refine Search. Refine the search by Sheet Status = Snippet.


  1. For example you can add all the fast entry Author details to the Sheet/Layout in one go:
  2. Go to the Titles domain, search for any record, and select the Layout you require from the Layouts drop down.
  3. Display the Sheet you want to edit, e.g. Main Details.
  4. From Sheet Actions, select Create Draft and Modify.
  5. Select the Label control above which you want to add the Authors fast entry attributes, e.g. the Edition.
  6. From the Actions drop down on the top right, select Insert Snippet.
  7. In the popup window tick the box to choose Agents (Authors, Editors, etc.) Entry and OK.
  8. OLIB inserts a set of 5 new Author fields as shown: