I LOVE this idea. Definitely going to try it. 
Thanks! (And thank to your clever intern)


Marliese Thomas
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Subject: Re: [CODE4LIB] system for web-based annotated bibliography?

I don't know if this would be of interest or not. A somewhat related project is a Wordpress plugin that an intern that worked for the OCLC Developer Network last fall wrote. The plugin allows you to search WorldCat when you are creating a post or page in Wordpress and choose items to add to that post/page. It embeds a cover image, title and some metadata into the post/page along with a link to the local library catalog. The idea was to facilitate easy embedding of metadata into posts/pages and avoid the multi-browser tab, cut and paste dance that I've seen a lot of librarians do when posting book reviews, recommendations, or bibliographies. It is smart enough to insert covers if a library has a Syndetics Subscription, if they don't it tries to get a cover from Open Library.

The code is up in the Developer Network repository at -

You need a WorldCat Search API key to use it. I'm happy if anyone is interested in providing feedback about it, just keep in mind is very much a prototype.


On Fri, Mar 30, 2012 at 9:39 AM, Mark A. Matienzo <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> For a current project, a colleague and I are using Octopress [0] and a 
> plugin to handle bibtex citations [1].
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>  [1]
> On Fri, Mar 30, 2012 at 9:15 AM, Ken Irwin <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> Hi folks,
>> I'm starting in on a pretty big bibliography project, for what I expect will be a web-based annotated bibliography. Kind of part-book-review-blog/part-bibliography. I'm wondering if there are any systems out there that would support this kind of thing. I think what I want is essentially a mashup of Zotero and Wordpress. Zotero to capture, wrangle, and output bib data, and Wordpress to handle the blog-like/text aspects, tagging, etc. I'm imaging a system that could be used like a regular blog, but that would also allow formatted bib output, e.g. spit out an MLA-style bibliography for all the books tagged as "travelogue", with or without annotations.
>> Anybody have experience with something like this? Does it exist already? I'd rather not have to invent this one!
>> Thanks!
>> Ken