1st Edition

More Library Mashups
Exploring new ways to deliver library data

Edited By

Nicole C Engard

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ISBN 9781783300358
Published October 30, 2014 by Facet Publishing
352 Pages


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Book Description

More Library Mashups shows you how to take data from multiple channels and mix it to provide better services for your library users.

The book contains case studies, tutorials and examples from 24 creative library professionals from around the world who describe how they are mashing up free and inexpensive digital tools and techniques to improve library services and meet everyday (and unexpected) challenges. The book provides step-by-step guidance to allow you to work smarter, obtain maximum impact, enhance your library’s website and provide value-added services for your library users whether you have no programming skills or are a seasoned expert.

The book is divided in to 5 parts, Part 1 covers the basics of mashups including using the online service IFTTT ('If This Then That') to automate the collection, manipulation and sharing of data and information across a variety of networking, bookmarking, blogging, media and file sharing sites; using OPenRefine to clean and reshape and visualize your library's data; and using Umlaut to aggregate delivery/access options from multiple sources - both existing library 'enterprise' software and public access services on the web - and 'mash them up' into a unified interface.

Part 2 shows you how to enhance the library website with outside data from sources including LibGuides, Twitter, WordPress and Google Calendar. Part 3 focuses on mashing up library catalogue data to make it available in new, interesting and useful ways which offer eye-opening and inspiring routes to library collections. This part includes chapters on how to search your library collection from within Twitter to answer reference questions and how to create a current awareness service for Wikipedia relevant to your library collection.

Part 4 covers data visualization and includes chapters that show you how to transform your digital archive collection by creating a visual, interactive timeline; create maps that provide real-time data on the availability of computers in your library; and tell stories with Google Maps mashups such as using markers on maps to enhance the understanding of books and their contexts.

Part 5 is about using mashups to create value added services such as using Yahoo Pipes to merge new sources and create automated current awareness feeds; creating a unified discovery portal for library and archival collections; implementing a single sign-on process using open source software; and facilitating serendipitous discovery of photographs, documents, maps and other primary sources using Serendip-o-matic.

Readership: The book will be inspiring for small libraries looking to work more efficiently and provide enhanced services to their users without breaking the bank. It is also full of ideas for how large libraries can improve their websites and use their library catalogue data more effectively.

Table of Contents

Foreword - Michael Sauers Introduction - Nicole C. Engard PART I: MASHUPS: THE BASICS 1. IFTTT makes data play easy? - Gary Green 2. The non-developer’s guide to creating map mashups - Eva Dodsworth 3. OpenRefine(ing) and visualizing library data - Martin Hawksey 4. Umlaut: Mashing Up Delivery and Access - Jonathan Rochkind PART II: MASHED UP LIBRARY WEBSITES 5. Building a better library calendar with Drupal and Evanced - Kara Reuter and Stefan Langer 6. An API of APIs: a microservice mashup for library websites - Sean Hannan 7. Using a spreadsheet to add Open Library covers to your site - Rowena McKernan PART III: MASHING LIBRARY CATALOG DATA 8. Twitterbot: searching your libraries’ catalogue via Twitter - Bianca Kramer 9. Putting library catalogue data on the map - Natalie Pollecutt 10. Mashups and next generation catalogue at work - Anne Lena Westrum 11. A Wikipedia current awareness service to deliver catalogue records using Google Apps Script - Natalie Pollecutt PART IV: VISUALIZING DATA WITH MASHUPS 12. Telling stories with Google Maps mashups - Olga Buchel 13. Visualizing a collection using interactive maps - Francine Berish and Sarah Simpkin 14. Creating computer availability maps - Scott Bacon 15. Getting digi with it: using TimelineJS to transform digital archival collections - Jeanette Claire Sewell PART V: MASHUPS FOR VALUE ADDED SERVICES 16. BookMeUp: creating a book suggestion app. an experiment with HTML5, web services, and location-based browsing - Jason Clark 17. Stanford’s SearchWorks: unified discovery for collections? - Bess Sadler 18. Libki & Koha : An example of single signon integration via leveraging open source software - Kyle M Hall 19. Disassembling the ILS: using MarcEdit and Koha as an example of how users are using system APIs to develop custom workflows - Terry Reese 20. Mashing up information to stay on top of news - Celine Kelly 21. Facilitating serendipitous discovery with Serendip-o-matic - Meghan Frazer.

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