[LibX] LibX question from a faculty member

Phil Shirley pshirley at CuyahogaFallsLibrary.org
Mon Nov 27 13:12:06 PST 2006

I'd like to see a feature like this for my selectors, if it could be 
made to work on one or more web sites they were interested in checking 
against our catalog.  For instance, given a web site that listed 
recommended or award-winning titles, it would be nice to be able to scan 
that web page quickly and see which titles the library didn't have, and 
it would be really nice to get further details on mouseover (maybe the 
number of items and their statuses).

III sells an XML server as an add-on product, but I don't know if many 
libraries would find it worth the price.  I don't know the price, but we 
might consider it if it made things much faster for our selectors.  Many 
libraries allow you to search their catalog by Z39.50, but there may be 
reasons not to use that (it wouldn't work in my fantasy of getting item 
information because I believe Z39.50 typically doesn't return item info).


Godmar Back wrote:
> LibX does not support that right now.
> Technologically, it is possible. Some other extensions do it [1].
> We've been weighing the pros and cons.
> Pros:
> - well, you'd know if the book is there right away.
> Cons:
> - user leaves a trail of their visits to Amazon with your library (all
> book pages they visit are checked), possibly violating their privacy
> -> could be fixed via opt-in approach.
> - slightly higher load on library server (modern systems on up-to-date
> hardware should be able to handle this load)
> - there's no standard interface to query a catalog for availability
> for most catalog types, III Millennium included -> screen-scraping
> might be required. Some catalogs, however, provide XML-based
> interfaces that make this task more manageable.
> My guess is we'll do it at some point, unless somebody contributes
> something earlier (that is maintainable - there's no point in pulling
> in your customized library lookup script.) As we built the IE version,
> we're making some architectural changes that will hopefully facilitate
> such features also.
>  - Godmar
> [1] http://www.mozdev.org/pipermail/libx/2006-April/000005.html
> On 11/27/06, afry at gac.edu <afry at gac.edu> wrote:
>> A faculty member at my institution had a question: is there a way to
>> make LibX tell the user that a book (in Amazon, or wherever our icon
>> shows up on a website) is or is not owned by our library without
>> having to click on the link and look it up?
>> I feel like perhaps this is wishing for quite a lot, as SFX doesn't
>> even do this with our databases, but - maybe there are lots of things
>> I'm unaware of that make this very possible for both products.
>> Thanks,
>> Amy
>> Amy Fry
>> Academic Librarian/Electronic Resources
>> Gustavus Adolphus College
>> Folke Bernadotte Memorial Library
>> 800 W. College Ave.
>> St. Peter, MN 56082
>> Phone: 507.933.7631
>> Fax: 507.933.6292
>> afry at gac.edu
>> http://homepages.gac.edu/~afry/HOME.htm
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Phil Shirley
Technology Services Coordinator
Cuyahoga Falls Library
Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
330-928-2117, ext. 109
pshirley at CuyahogaFallsLibrary.org

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