URL redirecter for library databases

Hoyte, Daniel hoyte at CHAPMAN.EDU
Thu Oct 11 16:19:05 EDT 2012

We have not used YOURLS. Our ERM serves our database A to Z list. The URL  points to an entry in the database backend. That redirects to the resource.  All we do is maintain the ERM entry. When a database is added to a Libguide, we use the URL that is provided from the A to Z list. The ERM handles the proxy prepend.

Here is a sample URL, as copied from the A to Z: http://cufts2.lib.sfu.ca/CRDB/COU/resource/1325/goto. This one happens to be Academic OneFile.

The main difficulty with this method is getting buy-in from the Libguide maintainers to use the links provided from the ERM. (That went away when we started sending ALL complaints about broken links to them. :))

Daniel Hoyte M.R.S.
Senior Library Systems Technician
Leatherby Libraries, Chapman University
Skype: daniel.hoyte

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From: Web technologies in libraries [mailto:WEB4LIB at LISTSERV.ND.EDU] On Behalf Of Eric Loehr
Sent: Wednesday, October 10, 2012 8:38 AM
Subject: [WEB4LIB] URL redirecter for library databases

Hi all,

We're trying to figure out a way to keep our database URLs current without having to update them in multiple places when they change; right now we have links to databases in our Drupal site, Libguides, on static HTML pages in Moodle, and maybe other places I'm not remembering.

What I'd like to do is to assign a URL to each database (that can be entered in all of the above places) that can point to a database of some sort which redirects it to the correct URL. That way we'd only have to update it in the database instead of multiple web sites.

After some Googling, I found YOURLS ( http://yourls.org/ ) - -  "YOURLS is a small set of PHP scripts that will allow you to run your own URL shortening service (a laTinyURL). You can make it private or public, you can pick custom keyword URLs, it comes with its own API."

Has anyone ever used YOURLS?   Are there other better possibilites out there that folks are using?

Thanks - -


Eric Loehr
Library Systems Manager
eloehr at smith.edu<mailto:eloehr at smith.edu>
(413) 585-2969


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