I can grab a random 1000 descriptions/summaries from our catalog records
easily enough and send them to you.  I assume you're looking for data in
the MARC 520 field.  Do you need additional info (title, author, etc?).

Mark Sandford
Systems Librarian
Assistant Professor in the Libraries
Colgate University Libraries

On Tue, May 15, 2018 at 9:49 AM, Pikas, Christina K. <
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> Hi All,
> Current bibliometrics project is in a humanities/social sciences area (not
> typically my specialty). I'm looking for book descriptions for maybe ~1000
> books. Even if I could automate filling in a few more of these, I would be
> happy. I could scrape a catalog page, but that might be frowned upon. I
> could also download the free MARC files from LoC, but that's way too much.
> We (JHA) don't maintain a cataloging subscription to WorldCat (JHE - our
> parent org, I'm sure must). OpenLibrary appears to not have descriptions.
> Thanks in advance for any help!
> Christina
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> Christina K. Pikas, BS, MLS, PhD
> Librarian
> The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
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