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CODE4LIB April 2011

Subject:

distributed library alpha server up, feedback welcome

From:

Elliot Hallmark <[log in to unmask]>

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Code for Libraries <[log in to unmask]>

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Sat, 23 Apr 2011 16:27:18 -0500

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All,

It was at the end of last year that I came here saying I was writing an open
source ILS for a distributed (book sharing) library.  While I had lots of
enthusiasm and time for it at the time, our development computer didn't have
the capacity to run a solr based discovery front end.  Even though the back
end was ready for feedback (though still very alpha), I dallied in posting
the IP because there was no discovery layer.

In the interest of moving forward, and since a complex discovery layer may
not be necessary for a while (not for < 100 books), here is the IP.  Please
check it out and give feed back.  Play around with whatever, this data isn't
real.

http://72.48.75.76

If this IP changes, I'll let y'all know on this thread.

Soon I would like to use this system at our private alternative
school<http://www.clearviewsudburyschool.org>in hopes that it would
facilitate folks letting us use their excellent
books, since they would be lending them, not donating them.  Having a
database keeping track of who owns the books would give a little peace of
mind.  in the future, setting up a network of libraries would be easy.

notes:

1. This is a distributed library, where a book enters the system through a
primal loan (from owner to library), and is due back at some point.  The
book or item can be further lent to a regular borrower, or to another
library (which inherits lending privilages).  extending lending privilages
must be done through the administrative back end, so it wouldn't happen
accidentally.

2. The "discovery layer" is severely crippled because I don't want to write
a indexer for our MARC records unless it becomes necessary (ie, better
searching is needed but writing a VuFind driver or integrating with Kochief
isn't yet feasible).  All books entered in this system also have MARC
records associated with them, so a solr or other front end can be added
later.

3. If you'd like to try uploading a MARC record, email it to me and I'll put
it up for anyone to enter through the cataloging app.

4. This is written in django.  Hooray for python!

5. This is not at all perfect yet.  here is my todolist so far (please add
to it):

when checking a book out, do not allow a due date later than the current
lease on the book.
subtitle, does this really need to be limited to 100 characters?
create an end of day script that:
   sends emails to books that are due back soon
   sends emails to books that are overdue
activate fines model and add an Fine.calcuate() method
make a legit zipcode field. current one accepts <5 digits

thanks for reading,
Elliot

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