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7++Ways to Improve Library UIs with OCLC Web Services

Code4lib

Asheville, NC

Karen A. Coombs

Product Manager, Developer Network

Feb 23, 2010


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Crosslisting Print and Electronic

  • The Problem

    • Library user interfaces list print and electronic materials separately and there isn't a good way to see all the formats a library has

  • The Solution

    • Use the WorldCat Search API to check to see if a library has the print version of a book and add a link to it if present on the full record for the eBook


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Linking to Libraries Nearby

  • The Problem(s)

    • The copy of the book I want is out at my library and I need it NOW!

  • The Solution

    • Add a link to the library interface to allow users to check to see if libraries near them have the book


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Providing Journal Table of Contents

  • The Problem

    • Library catalogs lack information about the latest articles in a journal

  • The Solution

    • Use xISSN to see if a feed of recent article table of contents is available. Embed a link to open a dialog with items from the table of content into the UI


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Peer Review Indicators

  • The Problem

    • Most library catalog and other user interfaces lack information about whether or not a journal is peer reviewed

  • The Solution

    • Use data from xISSN to add peer review information to appropriate screens


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Providing Info about the Author

  • The problem

    • Information about author is greatly lacking from library UIs

  • The solution

    • Use Identities and Wikipedia API to insert author information into a dialog box within UI


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Providing Links to Free Full text

  • The problem

    • There is lots of free full text available on the Web but it isn’t linked to in library catalogs

  • The solution

    • Use xOCLCNum to check for free full text from scanning projects like Open Content Alliance and HathiTrust and link to full text where available


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Adding Similar Items

  • The problem

    • Users want to see similar items without having to go to a different screen

  • The solution

    • Use the Dewey Decimal classification to retrieve a list of similar items at a given library


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Bonus! - iGoogle Widget by Jason Clark

  • The problem

    • Users don’t come to the library physically or virtually

  • The solution

    • Build an iGoogle Widget that allows library users to search for library resources


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Bonus!-Creating a Mobile Catalog

  • The problem(s)

    • Everyone wants mobile and they want it now

    • We can’t get to our library catalog data

    • Our vendor wants to charge us huge $$ for mobile

  • The solution

    • Put all your holdings in WorldCat and build a mobile site using the WorldCat Search API


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Questions

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