Searching Athenaeum via the web

When you are running either:

  • hosted Athenaeum (i.e. on our servers) or
  • self hosted with your FileMaker Server and have installed and configured the web templates1

you can search the catalogue using a modern web browser2. While the results when searching via the web are similar, the search experience and look and feel is quite different.3

The web search concept is similar to the desktop client.

That is, you enter a search on the home page, see results and then either drill down to some detail or perform another search.

Everything starts at the home page

Home Page

The Home page for the Athenaeum web templates is an easy to update “web log” or “blog”.

the appearance used in these examples is a deliberately non-descript look so that you can focus on the content of the web pages. The look is customisable and is covered later in this documentation

sample home page
sample home page

Across the top of the page is a header containing an optional banner image or colour swatch, with a navigation bar below containing search options and an optional log-in button (if enabled).

The detail search button brings up a form where you can more precisely target your searches.

The rest of the page consists of columns of “blog entries”. You add the entries you want and change them whenever you feel appropriate.

Each “blog” entry has:

  • a title
  • an optional image
  • a description or message
some sample blog entries
some sample blog entries

A “blog” entry can be:

  • an informational message (e.g. the library is closed for the first week of the holidays)
  • a link to a web page such as your e-book collection or a relevant resource
  • an embedded youtube video
  • a subject search of your catalogue
  • a direct link to a book in your catalogue
  • a “carousel” of images of items marked as “hot topics” or “new books” (or whatever you label such highlighted entries)

You can control the sort order and visibility of items, making it easy to quickly change the look of your home page and making it more engaging.

The blog can be considered a flexible replacement of the “Search Suggestions” you have in the desktop client.

You can also use each entry for things like quizzes or puzzles, linking to clues in your catalogue. For example, pique your library patron’s interest with questions like:

“to what do we modern readers owe Aristophanes of Byzantium - a librarian from the second century B.C.” and then turn that question into a link that to a subject search of ancient Greece.

Defining Content

The type of content is best described by adding content and describing as we go.

From the Navigation menu, choose “blog”.

You can also configure your main menu to include a “blog” button, which is a good option if you are changing your web content regularly (which we recommend to engage your library patrons).

administering the blog
administering the blog

Entries with grey text and a strikethrough are tagged as not visible on the web. Click the visible check box to make them visible.

An empty blog entry

an empty blog entry
an empty blog entry

Click the +New button at the top to add an empty entry.

Working from left side to right are:

  • heading this is the subject or heading for the blog entry, usually a couple of words however it can be longer if you so desire

  • the visible check box check (tick) this to make your entry visible on the web, uncheck it to hide it from the web site. By default, this is not checked.

  • sort position all new entries are numbered 1, as it is presumed you will most likely want to put new entries at the top. change the number and the entry will appear in the appropriate place

  • link to web or item if you want your blog entry to do something when clicked, you enter the link here. The types of links are described below

  • youtube link you can embed youtube clips using the code that youtube can give you - described in more detail below. Note that if you enter anything in the youtube field, then anything in the link field is ignored…youtube takes priority

  • content text that either describes the content of the blog link (e.g. this resource will tell you all you need to know about XYZ), or maybe just the entire entry itself (e.g “Library is closed tomorrow” or maybe brief library rules). Note that paragraphs are ignored.

  • image here you can load a picture that is shown above the text content you entered after the subject. images should be either jpeg or png files that aren’t too big (large images will take a while to download)

  • delete button which does what you might think it does

When you specify a link, then clicking the entire blog entry will attempt to respond to that link.

The types of links you can add are listed below.

External links (links that are not subject searches, title search or carousels) will attempt to open in a new tab.

Hopefully, this is self evident as to purpose. Athenaeum will store the YouTube ID you enter into the YouTube link field and then show the preview frame on the Athenaeum web page. Clicking that frame will play the youtube video within the preview or you can use the YouTube controls to switch to full screen. See below for finding the code.

this is the youtube ID - simply paste that ID into the youtube link field
this is the youtube ID - simply paste that ID into the youtube link field

Subject search

Entering the label “subject=” (leave out the quote marks) followed by your subject terms will create a link that will search Athenaeum for the specified subject terms.

note: the word “subject” is case sensitive - you must use lower case text as it appears here

This is similar to manually entering those terms into the search widget on the web templates.

Bar code search

Entering the label “barcode=” (leave out the quote marks) into the link field, followed by a bar code will create a link that searches for the specified bar code

note: the word “barcode” is case sensitive - you must use lower case text as it appears here

Entering just the word “carousel” (without the quotes and in lower case) will create a carousel of images associated with “highlighted” or “topical” items in your catalogue, one image at a time.

The images are random in order.

You can have more than one active carousel on the home page, however, having multiple carousels can slow down the web page performance.

Carousel links override other links.

Anything that is not the above will be turned into a link (valid or not).

Links should be properly qualified html links, such as and not have any additional punctuation. The part before the :// is the protocol, such as http, https or even fmp (such as when creating a link to a filemaker database) and is required.

Athenaeum does not display a thumbnail of the link, so you should add an image or at least a suitable heading and words that will become the clickable link.

  1. the web templates are provided free to libraries that hold a current support agreement with Athenaeum Library Software  ↩

  2. Microsoft long retired Internet Explorer, please don't use it – Microsoft Edge is their modern replacement  ↩

  3. Just for fun, you can embed the web search on the desktop client search screen!  ↩