Dear Cindy et al:
The ability to do this on a mass scale as suggested would require
significant effort (especially when it comes to displaying the correct URLs
for only the sources that are available for that other institution, and a
myriad of other technical considerations that makes this seem like the
effort to build isn't worth the ROI), but it does remind me of something
BiblioCommons has done, whether one agrees with it or not.
They've taken all the lists from all their participating libraries and made
them (and other content such as ratings and reviews) available to other
participating libraries. So if you look at a record like:
You'll notice in the right hand column a section for "Listed", and several
lists that aren't created by HCL. BiblioCommons can get away with this
because all the holdings data is mostly in one database, and they sorta
encourage content sharing at their level and not the individual library.
For the LibGuides scenario, Springshare would have to negotiate sharing of
content and figure out a way to offer it up in an editable way and
hopefully check against subscriptions and the catalog... it would be a lot
of work. Would be great to share content somehow though!
Amy M. Drayer, MLIS
User Interface Developer
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On Fri, Sep 8, 2017 at 12:35 PM, Cynthia Harper <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> So a few days ago I was looking at an app for scraping citations from
> PDFs. Yesterday I updated our featured bibliographies on our website, and
> think "we should be able to easily store the fact that this book was
> mentioned in a library-or-faculty-produced bibliography in our catalog, or
> in a database that links to our catalog." Today I'm looking at a LibGuide
> produced at a major divinity school, and wonder how I could provide a
> resource based on our holdings that accumulates the citations from various
> other libraries' lib guides and displays to our users a cumulated list from
> those other LibGuides. I like the idea of accumulating knowledge from other
> sources - I don't have the subject knowledge to create these guides from
> scratch. So I imagine website-scraping selected libguides and compiling a
> database of sources and where-cited?
> So I wonder - is this what the library system of the future will provide -
> a way of accumulating citations from librarian-selected sources and retain
> the subject-sorting of those sources, as well as displaying them by the
> most-cited? I don't think it's as much laziness on my part that makes me
> dream of this data-based method of crafting library guides, as much as a
> search for the authoritative.
> Just sharing,