Re: [CODE4LIB] New books RSS feed / badge with cover images?

2010-04-15 Thread Amy Drayer
Dear Laura:

We have Millennium and are doing this.  We have a few issues with images not
being available, but that is a separate problem we are working on:
http://mylibraryeu.fmwr.net

Millennium is great because your RSS feed can be pulled right back into the
WebPAC without requiring an outside source like Yahoo.  I would be happy to
tell you more about it offline if you are interested. :-)

-- 
In peace,

Amy M. Drayer
Web and Systems Librarian
amost...@gmail.com
http://www.puzumaki.com


On Fri, Apr 9, 2010 at 4:07 PM, Laura Harris harla...@gvsu.edu wrote:

 Hi, all - I suspect something like this is being done already, so I thought
 I would check in and ask.

 Essentially, what I would like to do is display the library's new books on
 a web page in a graphic format - I'd like it to look very similar to the
 sorts of widgets that GoodReads or LibraryThing users can create. I threw up
 a few quick examples here:

 http://gvsu.edu/library/zzwidget-test-171.htm

 Now, we have an RSS feed for our new books (Millennium is our ILS if it
 matters), and as I understand it, the images we get from Syndetic Solutions
 are parsed as enclosures to that RSS feed. Is there a way to take the RSS
 feed, and only show those enclosures (if they exist, and are not the default
 grey box we see if the book doesn't have a cover image) somehow?

 Or perhaps there's a really easy way to do this that I'm overlooking.

 Would appreciate your insight!

 Thanks,



Re: [CODE4LIB] New books RSS feed / badge with cover images?

2010-04-15 Thread Amy Drayer
Dear Laura:

I may have misinterpreted your intent for the tool... I've liked WidgetBox
if you want patrons to be able to paste the widget on like a course page
that isn't in the WebPAC.
http://www.widgetbox.com

-- 
In peace,

Amy M. Drayer
Web and Systems Librarian
amost...@gmail.com
http://www.puzumaki.com


On Fri, Apr 9, 2010 at 4:07 PM, Laura Harris harla...@gvsu.edu wrote:

 Hi, all - I suspect something like this is being done already, so I thought
 I would check in and ask.

 Essentially, what I would like to do is display the library's new books on
 a web page in a graphic format - I'd like it to look very similar to the
 sorts of widgets that GoodReads or LibraryThing users can create. I threw up
 a few quick examples here:

 http://gvsu.edu/library/zzwidget-test-171.htm

 Now, we have an RSS feed for our new books (Millennium is our ILS if it
 matters), and as I understand it, the images we get from Syndetic Solutions
 are parsed as enclosures to that RSS feed. Is there a way to take the RSS
 feed, and only show those enclosures (if they exist, and are not the default
 grey box we see if the book doesn't have a cover image) somehow?

 Or perhaps there's a really easy way to do this that I'm overlooking.

 Would appreciate your insight!

 Thanks,



Re: [CODE4LIB] New books RSS feed / badge with cover images?

2010-04-14 Thread Michael Beccaria
Laura,
While not directly related to your question, another route you might
want to go is to try and get thumbnail images from other sources (i.e.
amazon, openlibrary, etc.) in addition to syndetics and cache them for
future use. I do this on our website and I wrote an article on the
basics here: (http://journal.code4lib.org/articles/1009). 

I can send you the code I have on my server for our complete solution if
you want.

Here's our new books page, database driven with local thumbnails
(http://www.paulsmiths.edu/library/books.php). I also use the same data
to send out a new books email every 2 weeks to subscribers. You can sign
up here to get a sample
(http://library.paulsmiths.edu/newbooks/subscribe.php) and then
unsubscribe in your 1st email if you want. Again, if you want the Python
code that generates and sends the emails, let me know.

Also, if you're a PHP fan, VuFind has some code on downloading book
covers here:
https://vufind.svn.sourceforge.net/svnroot/vufind/trunk/web/bookcover.ph
p

Hope that helps in a round-a-bout way.
Be Well,

Mike Beccaria
Systems Librarian
Head of Digital Initiative
Paul Smith's College
518.327.6376
mbecca...@paulsmiths.edu


-Original Message-
From: Code for Libraries [mailto:code4...@listserv.nd.edu] On Behalf Of
Laura Harris
Sent: Friday, April 09, 2010 10:07 AM
To: CODE4LIB@LISTSERV.ND.EDU
Subject: [CODE4LIB] New books RSS feed / badge with cover images?

Hi, all - I suspect something like this is being done already, so I
thought I would check in and ask. 

Essentially, what I would like to do is display the library's new books
on a web page in a graphic format - I'd like it to look very similar to
the sorts of widgets that GoodReads or LibraryThing users can create. I
threw up a few quick examples here:

http://gvsu.edu/library/zzwidget-test-171.htm 

Now, we have an RSS feed for our new books (Millennium is our ILS if it
matters), and as I understand it, the images we get from Syndetic
Solutions are parsed as enclosures to that RSS feed. Is there a way to
take the RSS feed, and only show those enclosures (if they exist, and
are not the default grey box we see if the book doesn't have a cover
image) somehow? 

Or perhaps there's a really easy way to do this that I'm overlooking. 

Would appreciate your insight! 

Thanks,


[CODE4LIB] New books RSS feed / badge with cover images?

2010-04-09 Thread Laura Harris
Hi, all - I suspect something like this is being done already, so I thought I 
would check in and ask. 

Essentially, what I would like to do is display the library's new books on a 
web page in a graphic format - I'd like it to look very similar to the sorts of 
widgets that GoodReads or LibraryThing users can create. I threw up a few quick 
examples here:

http://gvsu.edu/library/zzwidget-test-171.htm 

Now, we have an RSS feed for our new books (Millennium is our ILS if it 
matters), and as I understand it, the images we get from Syndetic Solutions are 
parsed as enclosures to that RSS feed. Is there a way to take the RSS feed, and 
only show those enclosures (if they exist, and are not the default grey box 
we see if the book doesn't have a cover image) somehow? 

Or perhaps there's a really easy way to do this that I'm overlooking. 

Would appreciate your insight! 

Thanks,


Re: [CODE4LIB] New books RSS feed / badge with cover images?

2010-04-09 Thread Alejandro Garza Gonzalez

Some ideas:
1) Use Feeds Imagegrabber (http://drupal.org/project/feeds_imagegrabber) 
along with Feeds to create nodes that include their enclosures (cover 
images) from the RSS feed. Once you have the items as nodes you can use 
Views and the plethora of Views carrousel-like modules to display them 
like the LibraryThing widget you prefer =) I think you can also set 
Feeds to delete nodes older than X days so you don't end up with old 
nodes lying around.


2) Write out a bit of PHP (or javascript?) in a custom block to just 
parse the current RSS feed's contents. You'd have to add in the 
Javascript/Jquery carrousel of your choice. Might be simpler--if you 
have a coder around or can find the appropriate PHP and/or JS code 
already available on the Internets.


I also thought of (but discarded) Millennium.module; it can create nodes 
from an ftlist URL, BUT you'd have to run it manually every so often (it 
has Views integration, so like Feeds you could use views and a carrousel 
to show the items).


Also, it'd be nice to just use a Millennium WebOPAC as a datasource 
(instead of local MySQL) for Views 3... maybe I can put that into 
Millennium.module =)


_alejandro

Laura Harris said the following on 09/04/2010 09:07 a.m.:

Hi, all - I suspect something like this is being done already, so I thought I 
would check in and ask.

Essentially, what I would like to do is display the library's new books on a 
web page in a graphic format - I'd like it to look very similar to the sorts of 
widgets that GoodReads or LibraryThing users can create. I threw up a few quick 
examples here:

http://gvsu.edu/library/zzwidget-test-171.htm

Now, we have an RSS feed for our new books (Millennium is our ILS if it matters), and as 
I understand it, the images we get from Syndetic Solutions are parsed as enclosures to 
that RSS feed. Is there a way to take the RSS feed, and only show those enclosures (if 
they exist, and are not the default grey box we see if the book doesn't have 
a cover image) somehow?

Or perhaps there's a really easy way to do this that I'm overlooking.

Would appreciate your insight!

Thanks,


   


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Re: [CODE4LIB] New books RSS feed / badge with cover images?

2010-04-09 Thread Sean Hannan
I would suggest using Yahoo! Pipes (http://pipes.yahoo.com/pipes/) for 
something like this.  You can feed it your RSS feed, and add in some logic to 
strip out extraneous information and the grey boxes.

-Sean

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Sean Hannan
Web Developer
Sheridan Libraries
Johns Hopkins University

On Apr 9, 2010, at 10:07 AM, Laura Harris wrote:

 Hi, all - I suspect something like this is being done already, so I thought I 
 would check in and ask. 
 
 Essentially, what I would like to do is display the library's new books on a 
 web page in a graphic format - I'd like it to look very similar to the sorts 
 of widgets that GoodReads or LibraryThing users can create. I threw up a few 
 quick examples here:
 
 http://gvsu.edu/library/zzwidget-test-171.htm 
 
 Now, we have an RSS feed for our new books (Millennium is our ILS if it 
 matters), and as I understand it, the images we get from Syndetic Solutions 
 are parsed as enclosures to that RSS feed. Is there a way to take the RSS 
 feed, and only show those enclosures (if they exist, and are not the default 
 grey box we see if the book doesn't have a cover image) somehow? 
 
 Or perhaps there's a really easy way to do this that I'm overlooking. 
 
 Would appreciate your insight! 
 
 Thanks,


Re: [CODE4LIB] New books RSS feed / badge with cover images?

2010-04-09 Thread Boheemen, Peter van
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