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HyperTours! Part Three

The next library tour stack we will examine in this series takes us to the home of HyperCard itself, Apple Computer Inc. We will look at how the Apple Corporate Library uses HyperCard and how its HyperCard development serves as a model for design and implementation of HyperCard stackware in library environments.

ne Apple Library was established in August 1981 by Monica Ertel as the Engineering Library. Shortly after the library's establishment, demand became so high that it was decided that the library's focus should be changed in order to serve the entire corporation. Since 1982, it has grown from two employees to eleven, including two senior information specialists, two information specialists, and several library associates.

In 1986, tile library was chosen as a beta test site for code name "WildCard," which was the prototype for what we know of as HyperCard. Today, when you enter the Apple Library in the Bandley 8 building on the Apple Computer "campus," you'll find a Macintosh SE at the information desk area running the Apple Library Tour stack.

The library provides information services and research for nearly 10,000 Apple employees worldwide on the subjects of engineering, marketing, sales, competitive intelligence, and business. It subscribes to nearly 700 periodicals, and has a collection of over 7,000 monographs. In addition, its collection includes a substantial software library, a videotape collection, manuals, industry standards, and conference proceedings. The library also acts as Apple's unofficial archives and history as well as being the official home of the 13,000-plus member Apple Library Users Group.

Raison d'etre

Designed by Robin Shank (with assistance from Eli Cochran and HyperCard Development Team member Sioux Lacy), this stack was designed to acquaint users with library resources, show them where the resources are located, answer some of the more basic questions about the library and its collections, and inform users of die wide range of resources the library provides.

The Home stack of this tour stints with a main menu card called Welcome to the Apple Library (Figure 1). This serves as the index card to the entire stack. It contains five primary buttons to navigate through die major areas of this stack. A "?" icon located on the tide bar is linked to a Help area which, naturally ejiougli, provides information on how to navigate through the stack. It also contains information on the primary authors of the stack.

The first button, What's in the Library?, brings the user to a cud containing eleven buttons representing various collections within the Apple Library. They are :

* Books

* Periodicals

* Software * Manuals

* Audio * Video

* Industry Standards * User Group

* Newsletters * Conference

* Proceedings * Clipping Files

* APDA Documents

In addition, an Index button returns the user to the main menu card while a Back buffm acts as a return button.

Clicking on the Video button, for example, brings the user to a database of the video collection (Figure 2). To locate material, the user clicks on the Find button, which automatically activates the Find field by inserting a flashing insertion point. The user then types in a text string and clicks once again on the Find button. If the text string is found, the user is taken to that cud on the database. If the text string is not found, an impressive and sophisticated HyperTalk script (see HyperTalk Script of the Month in this column) notes that the text string was not located by telling the user that it was "not found" in reverse type. To continue with the search, the user clicks on the Find button again.

The next button is called Library Services. This contains eight buttons that, by clicking on them, inform the user about various aspects of library services including basic questions on library services and the staff who can answer them, literature searches, the history of Apple Computer, document delivery services, the Cloning Center, Table of Contents distribution services, and monthly bibliographics. There is also information on how Apple employees can obtain a Stanford University library card.

Next the Information & Policies button gives the user access to information on library hours, a brief history of the library, information on other specialized collections within Apple, the Apple Computer archives, and the Apple Glossary.

Close up and Personal

Clicking on the Map button gives the user overhead views of the library, its relationship to other services within the B andley 8 building, and to the entire Apple Computer Inc. "campus" in Cupertino.

One of the more enjoyable aspects of die stack is in finding information about the staff members themselfves. For example, clicking on the work area located second from the right on the bottom of the screen indicates Monica Ertel's office. Clicking on the Info button or double-clicking on Monica's work area brings up her employee card. This contains a brief description of her responsibilities along with a digitized photograph of her. Clicking on the photo activates a special effect that causes her head to flip back and forth. Monica tells me that future versions of the stack will also include die digitized voices of the employees,

Finally, a Quick Tour of the Apple Library and its services is provided. The user can choose between a fully automated tour (which can be stopped at any time by clicking anywhere on the screen) or a manual tour in which the user navigates by means of arrow buttons.

As is usually the case with work that comes out of Cupertino, this stack is impressive both in terms of its design and implementation. Any one considering plunging into the rewarding activity of stackware development would do well to examine it.

For information on how to obtain a demo version of the Apple Library Tour stack, contact Monica Ertel, Manager, Library and Information Services, Apple Computer, Inc., 10381 Bandley Drive, M/S 8C, Cupertino, CA 95014 (408-9742552).
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Title Annotation:part 3
Author:Vaccaro, Bill
Publication:Computers in Libraries
Article Type:column
Date:May 1, 1989
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