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Re: Hours on Library Websites?

From:

Joel Marchesoni <[log in to unmask]>

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Code for Libraries <[log in to unmask]>

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Wed, 26 Oct 2016 14:24:44 +0000

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I just set up Google Business for us, and I couldn't get hours that went past 12:00 a.m. or consecutive 24 hour days to save. YMMV.

Joel Marchesoni
Hunter Library at Western Carolina University
http://www.wcu.edu/hunter-library/


-----Original Message-----
From: Code for Libraries [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Richard Wallis
Sent: Tuesday, October 25, 2016 18:29
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Re: [CODE4LIB] Hours on Library Websites?

Another approach would be to publish Schema.org metadata on your library website - providing a structured data description of the Library, its branches, locations, contact points and services, etc. for the search engines to harvest into their knowledge graphs, to facilitate better discovery.

The Schema.org Library Type <http://schema.org/Library> has a simple repeatable openingHours property for defining general opening hours.

It also has an openingHoursSpecification property for defining more complex opening hours <http://schema.org/OpeningHoursSpecification> with validFrom validThrough attributes.

With the capability to override these for special occasions you can utilise the specialOpeningHoursSpecification property.

Between those you should be able to cover most opening and non-openings.

As this information is updated every time your pages are crawled it becomes both accurate and current.

~Richard.

Richard Wallis
Founder, Data Liberate
http://dataliberate.com
Linkedin: http://www.linkedin.com/in/richardwallis
Twitter: @rjw

On 25 October 2016 at 23:25, Shaughnessy, Peggy < [log in to unmask]> wrote:

> We use a javascript that I found and modified for our library header. 
> We set exceptions (by branch) up to 1 week ahead, but need to remember 
> to change them back after the date[s].
>
> //               Baseline Opening Time of Libraries
> //                    Sun    Mon      Tue      Wed      Thu      Fri
>  Sat
> // Old Town     Noon   9am      9am      9am      9am     9am     9am
> // Harmony      Noon   9am      9am      9am      9am     9am     9am
> FRCC NOT IN SESSION
> // Harmony      Noon   8:30am   8:30am   8:30am   8:30am  8:30am  9am
> FRCC IN SESSION
> // Coun. Tree   Noon   9am      9am      9am      9am     9am     9am
>
> //   USE THESE FOR CLOSURES Change the open time to a captial X on desired
> day
> //                    Sun     Mon      Tue      Wed      Thu         Fri
>    Sat
> var openOT=["Noon", "9am",   "9am",   "9am",   "9am",   "9am",  "9am"]; //
> Edit line
> var openHR=["Noon", "9am",   "9am",   "9am",   "9am",   "9am",  "9am"]; //
> Edit line
> var openCT=["Noon", "9am",   "9am",   "9am",   "9am",   "9am",  "9am"]; //
> Edit this line
>
> //         LEAVE THIS ALONE FOR CLOSURES -- EXCEPT HOLIDAY EARLY CLOSINGS
> //      Thanksgiving & Xmas Eve close at 3pm; New Years Eve close at 5pm
> ALL Libraries
> //                   Sun    Mon   Tue     Wed     Thu     Fri   Sat
> var closeOT=["5pm","9pm","9pm","9pm","9pm","6pm","5pm"]; // Edit this 
> line var closeHR=["5pm","9pm","9pm","9pm","9pm","6pm","5pm"]; // Edit 
> this line var closeCT=["6pm","9pm","9pm","9pm","9pm","9pm","9pm"]; // 
> Edit this line
>
>
> // IGNORE EVERYTHING BELOW THIS LINE
> var currentTime = new Date()
> var day = currentTime.getDay()
>
> var openTimeOT = openOT[day];
> var closeTimeOT = closeOT[day];
> createHoursOT(openTimeOT,closeTimeOT);
>
> function createHoursOT(openTimeOT, closeTimeOT) { if(openTimeOT == 
> "X") { var libhoursOT = "<span class='hourstext'><a 
> href='http://poudrelibraries.
> org/locations/#oldtown' class='todays_hours_library'>Old Town</a>:
> Closed<br /></span>";
> } else {
> var libhoursOT = "<span class='hourstext'><a href='http://poudrelibraries.
> org/locations/#oldtown' class='todays_hours_library'>Old Town</a>: " + 
> openTimeOT + "&#8211;" + closeTimeOT + "<br /></span>"; } 
> document.write(libhoursOT); }
>
> var openTimeHR = openHR[day];
> var closeTimeHR = closeHR[day];
> createHoursHR(openTimeHR,closeTimeHR);
>
> function createHoursHR(openTimeHR, closeTimeHR) { if(openTimeHR == 
> "X") { var libhoursHR = "<span class='hourstext'><a 
> href='http://poudrelibraries.
> org/locations/#harmony' class='todays_hours_library'>Harmony</a>:
> Closed<br /></span>";
> } else {
> var libhoursHR = "<span class='hourstext'><a href='http://poudrelibraries.
> org/locations/#harmony' class='todays_hours_library'>Harmony</a>: " + 
> openTimeHR + "&#8211;" + closeTimeHR + "<br /></span>"; } 
> document.write(libhoursHR); }
>
> var openTimeCT = openCT[day];
> var closeTimeCT = closeCT[day];
> createHoursCT(openTimeCT,closeTimeCT);
>
> function createHoursCT(openTimeCT, closeTimeCT) { if(openTimeCT == 
> "X") { var libhoursCT = "<span class='hourstext'><a 
> href='http://poudrelibraries.
> org/locations/#counciltree' class='todays_hours_library'>Council
> Tree</a>: Closed<br /></span>";
> } else {
> var libhoursCT = "<span class='hourstext'><a href='http://poudrelibraries.
> org/locations/#counciltree' class='todays_hours_library'>Council
> Tree</a>: " + openTimeCT + "&#8211;" + closeTimeCT + "<br /></span>"; 
> } document.write(libhoursCT); }
>
>
> Peggy
>
> Peggy Shaughnessy
> Web Applications Developer
> Poudre River Public Library District
> 301 E. Olive Street
> Fort Collins, Colorado 80524
> 970.221.6716
> [log in to unmask]
> http://poudrelibraries.org
> ________________________________________
> From: Code for Libraries [[log in to unmask]] on behalf of Haitz, 
> Lisa (haitzlm) [[log in to unmask]]
> Sent: Tuesday, October 25, 2016 2:52 PM
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: Re: [CODE4LIB] Hours on Library Websites?
>
> We used a calendaring system that we had been using for room 
> reservations, precisely because we could not get the “today’s hours” 
> and exceptions with Google.
>
> We have to put in the hours for each day, but the system has many 
> options for entering repeating events, so it’s easy enough for a student to do.
> This works well for our 12 libraries.
>
> The calendar system outputs an RSS feed for each library, and we parse 
> each feed for “today’s hours” on our home pages.
>
> Lisa
>
>
>
> On 10/25/16, 4:12 PM, "Code for Libraries on behalf of Tara Wood" < 
> [log in to unmask] on behalf of [log in to unmask]> wrote:
>
> >Oh wow, that's good to know! Not being able to display exceptions to 
> >regular hours would be a dealbreaker for us as well.
> >
> >
> >On Tue, Oct 25, 2016 at 1:51 PM, Erin White <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> >
> >> Tara, thanks for following up on this!
> >>
> >> As a reminder for the listserv, here's what I said a few months ago:
> >>
> >> I've had my eye on Google My Business recently. You can [snip] 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 should allow you to 
> >> > fetch today's hours. We're hoping to test and migrate from our 
> >> > current
> Google
> >> > Calendar API setup in the next few months.
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >> Follow up: the Places API doesn't include exceptions to regular 
> >> hours, which was a dealbreaker for us, so we switched back to the 
> >> standard
> Google
> >> Calendar API.
> >>
> >> I had been very excited about this and we tried to follow up with 
> >> the Google Places team to request this feature, but we're not sure 
> >> if this
> will
> >> show up in the API.
> >>
> >> We're still updating the regular hours and notable exceptions in 
> >> Google Business, assuming that folks are relying on the card in 
> >> Google search rather than clicking through to our site.
> >>
> >> Alternate strategies welcome from the list - this is a pretty
> unsustainable
> >> (and hopefully temporary) method.
> >>
> >> --
> >> Erin White
> >> Head, Digital Engagement, VCU Libraries
> >> (804) 827-3552 | [log in to unmask] | www.library.vcu.edu
> >>
> >> On Tue, Oct 25, 2016 at 1:50 PM, Tara Wood <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> >>
> >> > Hi Erin,
> >> >
> >> > Have you migrated yet to Google Business? Any advice (or tales of
> horror)
> >> > you have from making the switch?
> >> >
> >> > Tara
> >> >
> >> > --
> >> >
> >> >
> >> > Tara Wood
> >> > Clinical Assistant Professor
> >> > Web Services Librarian
> >> > Digital Programs and Services
> >> > University Library
> >> > The University of Illinois at Chicago Richard J. Daley Library
> >> > 801 South Morgan Street (MC234)
> >> > Chicago, IL 60607
> >> > (312)355-2051
> >> > [log in to unmask]
> >> >
> >>
> >
> >
> >
> >--
> >
> >Tara Wood
> >Clinical Assistant Professor
> >Web Services Librarian
> >
> >Digital Programs and Services
> >University Library
> >The University of Illinois at Chicago
> >
> >Richard J. Daley Library
> >801 South Morgan Street (MC234)
> >Chicago, IL 60607
> >(312)355-2051
> >[log in to unmask]
> >
> >[image: U I C]
>

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