[Web4lib] Issue 4 of Code4Lib Journal Now Available

Ken Varnum varnum at umich.edu
Mon Sep 22 16:36:09 EDT 2008

The fourth issue of the Code4Lib Journal is now available at
http://journal.code4lib.org/ .

Editorial Introduction -- Issue 4
Ken Varnum
Auto-Populating an ILL form with the Serial Solutions Link Resolver API
Daniel Talsky
  In this article we'll take a tour of the OpenURL protocol; discover
  how to use it to get an XML API response from the Serial Solutions link
  resolver; and see how to receive and process that XML data using PHP to
  create an Interlibrary Loan webform. Finally, we'll see a few examples
  of how to handle form processing. This article will be of interest to
  beginner programmers interested in examples of programming with OpenURL
  and XML in PHP, and to more experienced programmers interested in taking
  a look at the Serial Solutions 360 Link API.

Mining Data from ISI Web of Science Reports
Alfred Kraemer
  Journal citation data is valuable as a selection tool for adding new
  as well as for discontinuing subscriptions that are no longer
  This article presents and discusses an example of data extraction from a
  typical ISI Web of Science report. The strategy was developed following a
  review of the data relationships and embedded data output format. While
  was used in the example, the method described can be implemented with most
  programming/scripting languages. The example demonstrates also that
  citation-based studies and reports can be based on large sets of extracted
  data rather than the typical, small samples. The value of the data is
  discussed using a actual decision-making scenario.

Unveiling Jangle: Untangling Library Resources and Exposing them through the
Atom Publishing Protocol
Ross Singer and James Farrugia
  The Jangle project intends to expose the data hidden in library systems by
  using the Atom Publishing Protocol to provide simple, consistent access to
  content and resources. The lack of uniform access to the underlying data
  library systems is a major impediment to library development. The Jangle
  project has the potential to enable new development opportunities by
  leveraging simple to use and easy to understand processes. This article
  discusses the benefits of the Atom Publishing Protocol and how Jangle
  utilizes it, including a description of the current JangleR reference
  implementation and case studies of the simplicity of developing within the

LibraryH3lp: A New Flexible Chat Reference System
Pam Sessoms and Eric Sessoms
  LibraryH3lp is an integrated IM and web chat system designed specifically
  Virtual Reference services in libraries. The software was designed for,
  is currently used by, a night-time chat reference collaboration between
  several large academic libraries. LibraryH3lp is designed for the workflow
  chat reference, supporting multiple simultaneous operators and routing to
  queues of operators in a particular service area. It also supports web
  embeddable chat 'widgets', as well as simultaneous gateways to multiple IM
  protocols.  This article discusses the motivation for the development of
  software, and provides an overview of LibraryH3lp's features and technical
  architecture.  Parts of LibraryH3lp are available as open source. The
  complete application is available as a low-cost hosted service, and will
  eventually be available to be licensed for local hosting.

OpenBook WordPress Plugin: Open Source Access to Bibliographic Data
John Miedema
  OpenBook is a WordPress PHP plugin that implements the Open Library APIs
  insert book covers, titles, authors and publishers into web pages. The
  behind the development was to provide an easy alterative to the common
  practice of linking to Amazon. Open Library was selected as a data source
  because it is both open source and open data. The plugin is useful for
  reviewers, library webmasters, anyone who wants to put book covers and
  on their WordPress blog or website. The plugin also allows users to add
  to publisher websites, a feature that was considered significant to
  independent publishers.

The Library Search Engine: A Smart Solution for Integrating Resources Beyond
Library Holdings
Karin Herm and Sibylle Volz
  The Cooperative Library Network Berlin-Brandenburg (KOBV), Germany
  the problem of how to integrate resources found outside the library and
  library holdings into a single discovery tool. It presents a solution that
  uses open source technology to develop a next-generation catalog interface
  called the Library Search Engine. This pilot project was launched in 2007
  with the library of Albert Einstein Science Park, Potsdam. The idea was to
  design and develop a fast and convenient search tool, integrating local
  holdings (books, journals, journal articles) as well as relevant
  subject information such as open access publications and bibliographies.

BOOK REVIEW: Two Books about FRBR, Compared
Christine Schwartz
  This article reviews 2 books on FRBR published in the past year. Although
  both books aim to be introductions to FRBR, their approaches are very
  different. One is sort of a FRBR study guide with commentary, the other a
  collection of essays. Robert Maxwell's book, FRBR: A Guide for the
  takes the study guide approach. Arlene Taylor edited Understanding FRBR:
  It Is and How It Will Affect Our Retrieval Tools, a book of essays about
  and FRAD, written by cataloging experts, aimed at a broader audience, not
  just the cataloging specialist.  The first seven chapters lay out the
  introductions to FRBR and FRAD, FRBR research, FRBR and the history of
  cataloging, FRBR and RDA. These chapters provide an excellent introduction
  for those new to FRBR. The last seven chapters each look at different
  of resources in relation to FRBR.

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