This calculator was developed in 2007 as a way for libraries to let patrons calculate how much their use of the library means to them (read the history). In 2009, the calculator was updated to make it easier for libraries to embed into their websites.
If you'd like to put the Library Use Value Calculator on your library's website for your own patrons to use, there are two ways to do it.
The easiest way to add the Library Use Value Calculator to your library website is to embed the code below where you would like the calculator to appear. The calculator and associated pages are hosted on the swissarmylibrarian.net server.
Option 1a: Embed the calculator in one of your pages
All you need to do is copy the code from the box below (make sure you copy all of it) and paste it into your web editor where ever you'd like the calculator to appear. See an example of an embedded Calculator.
NOTE: for wordpress.com & Google Pages websites, see Option 1b
Option 1b: Link to a popup calculator (for Wordpress.com & Google Pages websites)
This workaround is inelegant, and I apologize for that. The calculator itself is "unbranded," so it still looks as if it is part of your library website, but patrons will see swissarmylibrarian.net in the address bar.
Just copy the code from the box below (make sure you copy all of it) and paste it into your web editor where ever you'd like the calculator link to appear. You can change the link text (between the <a></a> tags) to be whatever text or image you'd like. This is what it will look like: Library Use Value Calculator.
Option 2a: Customize the code from a template
There are three part to the calculator:
If you'd like to host the code exactly like it appears here, download these two files:
At this point, it should be working. However, if you would like to add or remove any of the services listed, you must make changes in four places:
Option 2b: Customize the code from scratch(ish)
When this calculator was originally published, the Maine State Library deconstructed the code and rewrote it for accessibility compliance.
Their instructions for creating a calculator yourself is available on their website, so I won't recreate it here. Their element-by-element approach is quite helpful if you'd like to host the code yourself, or make changes to it.
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