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CODE4LIB July 2016

Subject:

Re: Hours on Library Websites?

From:

Valerie Forrestal <[log in to unmask]>

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Code for Libraries <[log in to unmask]>

Date:

Thu, 7 Jul 2016 17:29:22 +0000

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I feel very low tech right now, but we are using the Business Hours Wordpress plugin: www.library.csi.cuny.edu (it doesn't show up on mobile because media queries so you have to view the site on a regular computer to see what it looks like.)

It's super easy to update and you can edit the CSS to customize the display.

-Val

> On Jul 7, 2016, at 1:13 PM, Erin White <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>
> I've had my eye on Google My Business [1] recently.
>
> You can claim your library's location with a snail-mail postcard
> verification process, then set regular hours AND exceptions using the My
> Business site. This way your library's hours show up correctly in Google
> search.
>
> And (this is the part we haven't tested, would be interested to hear from
> others if you have): the Google Places API [2] should allow you to fetch
> today's hours based on that data. We're hoping to test and migrate from our
> current Google Calendar API setup in the next few months.
>
> Now that google search results for the library location display open hours,
> though, I'm not sure how many folks are actually clicking through to verify
> our hours anyway. The horror!
>
>
> [1] https://www.google.com/business/
> [2] https://developers.google.com/places/
>
> --
> Erin White
> Web Systems Librarian, VCU Libraries
> (804) 827-3552 | [log in to unmask] | www.library.vcu.edu
>
>> On Thu, Jul 7, 2016 at 1:02 PM, Heather Rayl <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>>
>> We use a custom javascript with a giant array. The script first tests to
>> determine the month and date, and it also tests for the day of the week. We
>> have two lines that have the "regular" hours -- one set for fall and spring
>> semester and one set for summer, and then we write "exceptions" for each
>> day that is different. if it's not one of the exceptions, then it lists the
>> regular hours. Although it sounds cumbersome, it doesn't really take that
>> long to update it, and you only have to update it twice -- once at the
>> beginning of summer to comment out the regular fall/spring hours, and once
>> at the end of the summer to comment out the regular summer hours. Around
>> this time, we also update the exceptions for the upcoming year.
>>
>> I'd be happy to share the code with anyone who would like it.
>>
>> On Thu, Jul 7, 2016 at 12:42 PM, Ketner, Kenny <[log in to unmask]>
>> wrote:
>>
>>> At Texas Tech University Libraries, our solution for over 12 years has
>>> been Google Calendar along with a custom PHP script with MySQL database
>>> backend. Every summer our circ staff creates the next calendar year's
>> hours
>>> in a spreadsheet; this is imported into Google Calendar and also ingested
>>> into our MySQL database. The purpose of the PHP script is to provide
>> quick
>>> information to web pages about the current day's hours, and the Google
>>> Calendar gives a look-ahead for future hours and library events.
>>>
>>>
>>> Kenny Ketner
>>> Software Development Manager
>>> Texas Tech University Libraries
>>> [log in to unmask]
>>> 806-773-5323
>>> Strategic - Ideation - Connectedness - Relator - Learner
>>>
>>> ________________________________________
>>> From: Code for Libraries [[log in to unmask]] on behalf of
>>> Katherine N. Deibel [[log in to unmask]]
>>> Sent: Thursday, July 07, 2016 11:20 AM
>>> To: [log in to unmask]
>>> Subject: Re: [CODE4LIB] Hours on Library Websites?
>>>
>>> Hi Matt,
>>>
>>> Coincidentally enough, UW is currently looking at how to easily and
>>> centrally distribute hours information to our website (and potentially
>> some
>>> other campus web apps). We're looking at LibCal but also considering
>>> rolling our own with some harvesting through the Alma Hours API. LibCal's
>>> REST API is still in development and has a limitations that we've
>> noticed:
>>>
>>> * Can only request times from today to the future. We'd have to cache
>>> older results if we wanted to display them
>>>
>>> * Can only show up to one year in advance (we sometimes need to show a
>>> full schedule fro 15 months)
>>>
>>> * Identifiers for locations and sublocations is an ID number, so you'd
>>> have to write a mapping if you want others to use it easily.
>>>
>>> * Given our large number of libraries and sublocations within them, we'd
>>> really like to be able to set hours relative to the "containing" library.
>>>
>>> We're still debating as you can guess, but the basic gist I've gotten is
>>> that if you want to use LibCal, you're going to probably write some
>>> intermediary JavaScript to make your life easier.
>>>
>>> --
>>>
>>> Kate Deibel, PhD | Web Applications Specialist
>>> Information Technology Services
>>> University of Washington Libraries
>>> http://staff.washington.edu/deibel
>>>
>>> --
>>>
>>> "When Thor shows up, it's always deus ex machina."
>>>
>>> -----Original Message-----
>>> From: Code for Libraries [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of
>>> Matt Sherman
>>> Sent: Thursday, July 7, 2016 7:34 AM
>>> To: [log in to unmask]
>>> Subject: [CODE4LIB] Hours on Library Websites?
>>>
>>> Hi all,
>>>
>>> We are working on a website migration/redesign into WordPress and I am
>>> trying to figure out an automated solution for posting and keeping up to
>>> date the hours on the home page.  I am wondering, how do other
>> institutions
>>> manage this?  Are there any good tools I should be looking into?  Any
>>> insights or suggestions are appreciated.
>>>
>>> Matt Sherman
>>

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