Facebook and Library Catalogues

Well, it seems Ryerson University Library has added a Facebook application that allows you to search their catalogue. Kudos to them! I’m going to have to give it a full test run, but my brief search seemed to bring back good results. I thought I had read earlier that some libraries were having difficulty getting library catalogue applications added to Facebook, so hopefully this one will remain. If you have a Facebook account, check it out!

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2 Responses to Facebook and Library Catalogues

  1. amanda says:

    yea, apparently FB is deleting web search applications (which they consider opac searches to be)… something about the fact that they violate their ToS. I think some libraries have called FB on this, so it will be interesting to see how it all shakes out.

  2. Derek says:

    i read somewhere that it had something to do with having a form on the application ‘profile’ view.. but either way, its technically not a WEB search but a site search. definitely a gray area in their ToS (well i didn’t exactly read the whole thing)

    i modified an existing library search app using the developer tools and was able to create a working endeca catalog search (test), i imagine expanding on that with some actual creativity, making it look good, and it should work fine, and be easily modified and built upon whenever necessary.

    as far as i know, for the directory, it doesn’t *have* to be listed there to work. posting the link to appropriate groups and sending invitations could work until the ToS thing is sorted out.

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