Addons are much like web browser extensions in that they add additional functionality to the ILLiad client. Each addon appears as an extra tab within an ILLiad request, allowing you to easily include them in your workflow. Also, many addons will automatically search for the loan or article you are trying to find.
Some even allow you to automatically copy data from the website into the ILLiad request, while others (such as the Serials Solutions and SFX addons) combine data from external resources to make important information easier to access.
Because anyone can develop and contribute to the growing number of available addons, there are numerous ways they can help your workflow. In general, though, here are a few key points:
In order to manage your addon settings, you must first have the permission in ILLiad’s Staff Manager. This doesn’t mean only certain people can use addons; rather, it just limits the number of people who can configure the settings of their addons.
To do this, open the Staff Manager and, for each desired user, activate Can Manage Addons? under Client Access.
Now each of these users will see the Manage Addons button in the System ribbon of the ILLiad client, allowing them to individually turn addons on and off, while also change each addon’s configuration settings.
Tip: Addons a la carte
Addons, like custom layouts, can be shared -- but each individual staff user can customize them to meet their own needs. These changes are not shared so one staff member’s customizations will not affect any other staff member. This is helpful because staff can choose to disable addons they never use (sparing system memory and improving the overall speed of their clients).
Like print templates and email templates, addons can be shared over a network. Any addon that is adding to this shared Addons folder will be downloaded to each individual staff client. This is helpful because you don’t have to individually distribute addons workstation by workstation. By setting the shared network addons’ configurations in advance, this can also spare your staff from having to configure individual addons as well.
Tip: Preparing addons before sharing
If you want to test and configure an addon yourself before sharing it with staff over the network, simply install the addon to your own computer’s addons directory. Turn it on, configure it, and try it out. When you’re ready to distribute the addons with these settings, just copy it from your local directory to the shared Addons folder.
If you wish to share addons in this way, check out the ILLiad documentation:
Many addons are now available from the ILLiad Addons Directory:
With so many to choose from, the following activity might help you figure out which would most benefit your workflow.
In Column A below, write down the websites or resources you commonly use during request processing (i.e. your library catalog, journal finder, Google, etc.). Then, browse the ILLiad Addons Directory. Did you find a matching addon? If so, indicate that in Column B.
A. Websites/resources you commonly use
B. Available as addon?
For each available addon, run through the following installation checklist:
2. Unzip to Addons folder