Thank you so much for the offer - I'm working with Harvard's now, and I think I should probably get on to the analysis and write up.

Thanks everyone!


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From: Code for Libraries [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Mark Sandford
Sent: Thursday, May 17, 2018 8:49 AM
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Subject: Re: [CODE4LIB] API for book descriptions?


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. < [log in to unmask]> wrote:

> 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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