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Radicalize Your Library Catalog with Ebooks Your Patrons Can Keep Forever


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Presentation about how to find and select ebooks from the Internet Archive and create clickable links from within your library catalog so patrons can access them without having to leave your catalog.

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Radicalize Your Library Catalog with Ebooks Your Patrons Can Keep Forever

  1. 1. Radicalize Your Catalog with eBooks That Your Patrons Keep Forever Carol Frost, Santa Clara County Library District Lori Ayre, Galecia Group Megan Wong, Santa Clara County Library District Heekyung Wilhelmi, Santa Clara County Library District 11/12/2014
  2. 2. LSTA Grant, Santa Clara County Library District Goal: Create a replicable model for eBooks • Add public domain eBooks to your library catalog from the Internet Archive’s Open Library using scripts we created • Patron can easily download the eBook out directly from our catalog (no leaving site) and get to keep the eBook (no expiration date or DRM) • Focusing on classic titles that are out of copyright • No money needed for acquisitions of titles 11/12/2014
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  4. 4. Library-designed ebook solution with purchased content 11/12/2014
  5. 5. “E-discover the Classics” using open domain, free classic titles 11/12/2014
  6. 6. What about those public domain titles we access through Overdrive? • Overdrive offers Project Gutenberg titles and keeps stats • In SCCLD, our patrons check out over 10,000 eBooks monthly; 500 from Project Gutenberg However…. The Project Gutenberg website is for human users only. Any real or perceived use of automated tools to access our site will result in a block of your IP address. 11/12/2014
  7. 7. Internet Archive and Open Library The Internet Archive, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, is building a digital library of Internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form. Like a paper library, we provide free access to researchers, historians, scholars, the print disabled, and the general public Open Library is an open, editable library catalog, building towards a web page for every book ever published. One million titles available, both in- and out-of-copyright. 11/12/2014
  8. 8. Programmers 11/12/2014 ● Hired a metadata expert ● Hired a programmer ● Hired Lori to communicate between the library district and the programmers
  9. 9. 11/12/2014 Basecamp and Google Hangouts
  10. 10. Collection Developing Using a Programmer 11/12/2014 Phase 1: we own the print copy of a classic title, but do not own the eBook • Library staff identified 252 titles where Programmers wrote script • 3,459 editions for 212 title matches • Limited to English • Modified script to pull OCR scoring • Added 192 records Phase 2: we don’t own any format of the classic title • Identified 42 potential titles • Added 26 records
  11. 11. OCR Score Title Variances 11/12/2014
  12. 12. Loader and display issues 11/12/2014
  13. 13. MARC Decisions 490 series field “Always Available Classics 655 local subject headings • Electronic books • Ebook Classics • Always available classics Three 856 fields • Always available eBooks 11/12/2014 (ePub) • Always available eBooks (Kindle) • Always available eBooks (multiple formats
  14. 14. What formats 11/12/2014
  15. 15. 11/12/2014 Access via our Catalog: “Always Available Classics”
  16. 16. 11/12/2014 Detail of Item Record
  17. 17. 11/12/2014 Open Library has PDF, other formats
  18. 18. 11/12/2014 One Click to Download and Keep ePub from Catalog!!!
  19. 19. 11/12/2014 ePub Opens In eReader
  20. 20. 11/12/2014 Access from our website:
  21. 21. 11/12/2014 White Fang Leads The Pack!
  22. 22. 11/12/2014 Statistics Using
  23. 23. 11/12/2014 Statistics Using Script By Programmer
  24. 24. 11/12/2014 Promotional materials
  25. 25. Survey Results • 72% of those taking the survey had experience in downloading a library eBook • 89% said it was simple, took just a few clicks to download and read the eBook • 65% said downloading straight from the catalog is more convenient than traditional eBook downloading • 32% saw no difference • When asked if they were likely to use the "Always Available Classics", 52% said they would try it, 30% said they did not care for classics but liked the model of downloading • For those who had already tried the "Always Available Classics," 66% said they found it simple with just a few clicks 11/12/2014
  26. 26. More info at…. sccld 11/12/2014
  27. 27. What is… FOSS4LIB • resource for finding out a wide range of open source projects • Each “package” listing includes • Links to the code repositories • OS license • Status of development • Technical info 11/12/2014
  28. 28. Our Package - “OpenLibrary Utils” Python Scripts /src/ /src/ /src/ Librarian Documentation Instructions 1. Prepare list of candidate books. • Create new spreadsheet with two columns, TITLE and AUTHOR, respectively. • Populate the spreadsheet with potential e-Books that you're searching for. • Save as ./data/candidate_seed.tsv (tab-separated text file). 2. Run to create a list of matching OpenLibrary records. • The ./data/ folder should now contain a file called olpd_out.tsv containing the official author record, title record, publication date, and OpenLibrary URL for each work. • The ./cache/ folder should now contain XML records for each matching record, which will later allow the highest-quality version of each work to be selected based on OCR quality analysis (depends on completion of program). 3. Populate your MARC file with the eBook URLs • Create a file of OpenLibrary URLs from ./data/olpd_out.tsv. This file should consist solely of URLs, one per line. Save this file as ./data/openlib_url_list.tsv. • Run to generate a MARC file with information retrieved from OpenLibrary's MARCXML record for each title. The new MARC file will be saved at ./data/ebooks.mrc. 11/12/2014
  29. 29. What we learned We all need to be telling our ILS vendors that we need to be able to track usage of anything that is non-standard If we were going to sustain this, we would need to put more staff time into know what the schools were assigning for summer reading lists, and doing more promotion for this For the Open Library titles, there are many, many titles, If we curated more lists and grew our titles, it would make more titles available Shortening the number of steps for a download is still key, and we did achieve this, and are proud of it 11/12/2014
  30. 30. 11/12/2014 The quality of the ebooks on Open Library isn’t as good as they need to be and there are too many editions from which to choose • Can we create our own shared repository of high quality eBook files with associated MARC record? • Can we crowdsource the QC process? • Can we share promotional material? To start, visit our FOSS4LIB page and try out our scripts to • add our set of ebooks to your collection, or • create your own new set What we learned and what to do NEXT
  31. 31. Questions 11/12/2014