I attended the Juice Implementation workshop at the Capita Offices on Thursday 15th March. I found it a useful and intensive training course; giving a detailed overview of the installation and implementation of Juice and range of extensions available.
Juice is an open source project, providing java extensions primarily for Prism 3 (the Library Catalogue); although there are some available for other software. The published extensions provide a range of enhancements to the rather bare default Prism 3 pages: examples include
- Adding text to the Prism 3 pages
- Showing lists of Library locations on Google Maps
- Displaying item level QR codes
- Displaying a Facebook like button
- Displaying twitter feeds.
Working through Juice implementations on other Prism 3 installations, made me realise just how unadorned our Prism 3 tenancy is. While our focus over the last few months has been on Summon, rather than Prism 3; other institutions have used juice extensions, to make changes that we could implement to enhance our Library catalogue.
A lack of a practical hands-on session during the course left a nagging doubt about how much of the course has actually sunk in. However an eagerness to implement juice on our Prism 3 tenancy and add at least some of the extensions; should put the knowledge gained on the course to good use.