Jon is still running with the concept (kudos and big thanks to him), and today he highlights the problems using ISBNs as identifiers. He goes on to ask:
A web service is an intriguing idea, but I'd rather see librarians implement and maintain it, rather than a commercial entity. OCLC's WorldCat seems like a logical place to start, except for the fact that they charge for access to it. Do we have any other candidate databases that could be the foundation for such a project (LOC?...)?
All of this work inspired Greg at the Travis Unified School District to create a title lookup using ASP and VBS pages for his School's Follett catalog. This one appears to work on Macs, too, so kudos to him!
On a side note, it turns out my SWAN toolbar isn't working after all. I could have sworn I was able to search from it, but now I can't. The problem seems to be the syntax for the search argument sent from the toolbar into the Innovative catalog. So far, I've tried all of the following, but none of them work:
If anyone can figure out what syntax I should plug into my Ultrabar, I'd be eternally grateful. Alternatively, can anyone help me hack Dave's Quick Search Deskbar (as suggested by another Greg)? Thanks!
Vermont librarians and constituents should contact Congressman Sanders and let him hear your support on this issue.
As I've noted in the past, this is a disturbing situation, and librarians are out there on the front lines trying to protect your right to privacy.
Having noted this, however, I will say that when I first read the headline on this article, I thought it meant that librarians were worried about what books the FBI was reading. Which we would be, except that we respect their right to privacy, too. But since they're not interested in fairness, I thought I'd try to track down what they're reading by visiting Amazon's purchasing circles but alas, there is no list for the FBI. Hmmmm....
Lori Bell has started a Yahoo Groups mailing list for libraries that are already circulating or are interested in circulating Audible titles. I'm a-joining now.
Debbie asks, "So, today I was checking out the latest books in my local OPAC (not Innovative, but CARLweb) and I wanted a bookmarklet that would lead me from the library entry to the Amazon page so I could read reviews and see what the book was about. That ISBN is there in the URL--it's gotta work the same way, right?"
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