Thanks everyone! This was very interesting (and at various points quite
amusing). You know how sometimes you don't know you need something until
you learn about the possibilities? Well, I still don't need web scraping
lol but I'll definitely be saving this thread for the future because thanks
to you all I now know better what's possible and in what situations it
might be the best tool. I hope it was helpful to others as well.
(hope others continue to share their stories too..)
On Wed, Nov 29, 2017 at 11:27 AM, Charles Ed Hill <[log in to unmask]>
> I scrape data from a large book retailer we sometimes order from to make
> our acquisitions workflow a bit easier. In particular, I ask people to make
> wishlists and scrape those (I can do individual items too, but the large
> retailer doesn't like that, even though we're trying to purchase from
> them), check those titles against our holdings, then line them up with some
> info in a spreadsheet for people. It is NOT the way I would suggest going
> about things if you can help it, as pages change frequently, large
> retailers block IP addresses, large retailers time out a lot, and so on,
> but when up against a rock and a hard place.
> Not for libraries, but I also recently had to put together a scraper when
> looking for daycares in Massachusetts as the page listing daycares was
> helpful but really, really clunky. Saved me quite a bit of sanity.
> On Wed, Nov 29, 2017 at 8:50 AM, Ross Singer <[log in to unmask]>
> > Due the absence of APIs, we have to scrape III WebBridge and EBSCO
> > LinkSource link resolver results to determine electronic holdings for
> > things.
> > Neither of them make it particularly easy, since they don't provide many
> > semantic clues in the markup as to what you're looking at and there are
> > kinds of other conditions you have to account for (e.g. direct linking to
> > certain sources, etc.).
> > It's generally one of those things I avoid at all costs since the pages
> > want/need to scrape are the most likely to be the most frustrating to
> > with.
> > -Ross.
> > On Tue, Nov 28, 2017 at 1:26 PM Brad Coffield <
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> > >
> > wrote:
> > > I think there's likely a lot of possibilities out there and was hoping
> > > hear examples of web scraping for libraries. Your example might just
> > > inspire me or another reader to do something similar. At the very
> > > the ideas will be interesting!
> > >
> > > Brad
> > >
> > >
> > > --
> > > Brad Coffield, MLIS
> > > Assistant Information and Web Services Librarian
> > > Saint Francis University
> > > 814-472-3315 <(814)%20472-3315>
> > > [log in to unmask]
> > >
Brad Coffield, MLIS
Assistant Information and Web Services Librarian
Saint Francis University
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