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Meet the new GIST Purchase addon

Thursday, March 24th, 2011

Mark Sullivan has recently finished development of the new GIST Purchase addon for ILLiad. What’s an addon? An addon is an enhancement to ILLiad that provides you with additional functionality. In this case, it allows you to view different vendor websites within the request window. Clicking on the addon’s tab in the ILLiad request will automatically run a search for the item and display the results. If you have an account with the vendor, it will even log you in automatically.

The GIST Purchase addon allows you to easily purchase and shop for requested items without leaving the ILLiad client. You can set your default vendor which will be displayed once you open the tab. To price compare, you can simply choose from a drop down list of available vendors. The addon will run a search and display the results from that vendor’s website. If you have an account, it will log you in automatically so you can easily submit your order. When you’re done, you can import the price from the vendor’s website into the ILLiad Max Cost field for your records.

Learn more at our new Using ILLiad Addons page, or read below for a complete list of features:

  • Tab displays the purchase price of your default vendor for easy buy vs. borrow comparison
  • Easily search multiple vendors without leaving the ILLiad request
  • Automatically searches by ISBN or Title, sparing you from manual searching
  • Automatically signs you into your vendor accounts
  • Import the purchase price into the ILLiad Max Cost field with the click of a button
  • Choose from popular vendors, including Amazon, GOBI, Better World Books, Barnes & Noble, Alibris, and many more
Purchase Addon Overview

Purchase Addon Overview (Note: the tab displays the Amazon price when the request was submitted. This could vary from the current price.)

Behind the scenes, you will need to configure the addon by specifying your default vendor and supplying your account credentials for any of the vendors you utilize. If your library shares addons over a network, you can configure it on one machine and share the file with other staff so they do not have to enter all of the same account information.

For more information about addons, see:

GIST workflow demo video

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

Check out a workflow demo video for GIST to see how it’s used at SUNY Geneseo. In this example, you can follow the ILLiad process for purchasing requested items.


GIST ver. 1.0.1 – it’s getting better all the time

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009

GIST Version 1.0.1 has been loaded onto the Toolkit Wiki ( ). Bug fix for an Amazon API element.

There is a full install for libraries that have not begun the installation and an update version. For the update version, just unzip the file into your ILLiad web directory and overwrite the files there.

Andy, thanks again for finding the bug. Mark

Try GIST – it’s definitely out of the box

Wednesday, August 19th, 2009

Hello Everyone,

It’s time to share GIST, all is working for ILLiad 8 (and ILLiad 7.4 albeit without the customized client layouts).

The documentation and download are available at:

We encourage you to voluntarily register, so you can hear about any updates, etc.

We want to recognize the support of so many who have helped make GIST:

The GIST Project is partially funded by the Rochester Regional Library Council through the Regional Bibliographic Databases and Interlibrary Resource Sharing Program.

The staff at SUNY Geneseo Milne Library who have helped think through the process, various iterations, test, and provide feedback.

Staff at St. John Fisher Library who have helped beta test GIST.

Terry Reese (Oregon State University) and Kyle Banerjee (Orbis Cascade Alliance) for their programming help with WorldCat API

Atlas Systems for making ILLiad so darn flexible

Sherry Buchanan & Mike Flakus from Portland State University for making the Amazon Price Grabber

and so many more – thank you.

The GIST Team; Tim, Mark, Kate, and Cyril wish you a very fun time playing with GIST, but we want to hear your feedback and comments on our blog – thank you!

GIST Release August 19, 2009

Tuesday, August 18th, 2009

Hello Everyone,

Well, as a result of a significant change of the Amazon API (old Amazon API service ended as of 4pm yesterday), our team had to delay the release some 36 hours. So, thanks to Mark Sullivan’s hard work re-writing code, the new configuration file should be wrapped up and all ready for release tomorrow. That is quite a turnaround time given the change to Amazon’s API, it now requires a digital certificate, etc.

So, 24 hours from now, you too can enjoy, adapt, or customize like crazy some pretty cool GIST features. Thank you Mark for all your hard work reconfiguring GIST.

For GIST documentation, see:

Best wishes,