[kwlug-disc] kwlug library on kwlug.org (Was Re: What does kwlug.org mean to you? (Was...)
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Thu Dec 31 00:08:40 EST 2009
Khalid Baheyeldin wrote, On 12/30/2009 9:36 PM:
> With regard to the library (FYI/FWIW:
> - there has been some discussion in the past regarding getting the
> list of books up on kwlug.org <http://kwlug.org> since the last site
> revamp. There doesn't appear to be any drupal add-on of decent
> functionality, let alone presently being maintained. (Last time I
> looked. I think, at least, Charles, Khalid, and I all looked. There
> were probably others.) There are other sites, such as
> librarything.com <http://librarything.com> - although they appear to
> have some really cool functionality with regard to books and
> collections (e.g. ISBN lookup), nothing I came across added the
> library elements of lending. If someone knows of something good, do
> please post.
> Now that I think about it some more, a combination of CCK and Views
> should get us a nice list of books. ISBN would be one CCK field and
> hence will be searchable. Adding a taxonomy for topics will also make
> them browsable by things like linux, languages, system administration,
> ....etc. It does not have to be on kwlug.org <http://kwlug.org>, can be
> on a subdomain (library.kwlug.org <http://library.kwlug.org>).
> This does not get us who has borrowed what, if we ever care about this.
> A simple pen and paper sheet or even Google Document spreadsheet can do
> that. There is also a Drupal based Google Spreadsheet like module now
> http://drupal.org/project/sheetnode but I have not used it first hand.
This is (part of) the missing functionality we need. There will be
multiple librarians, and paper gets lost.
- publicly viewable will need to be book status (checked in/out).
- librarian viewable will need to be borrowed by whom / when. [Contact
details? i.e. Whatever is on the sign out sheet.]
- it would be nice if a button could be hit causing a book request to
be sent to the librarians.
- all the other book fields, title, date, donated by, when, etc., will
be needed. Perhaps a local review comment field as well.
- a method of population, e.g. I could bar code scan them into
librarything or something, and dump the list back to you.
- at a quick glance, it feels like something like librarything has all
the book listing / details functionality one could ever want. It's the
lending / status bits that are missing. The page could call
librarything (hopefully auto-logging in) [by ISBN # even], then the
user could come back to say send a book request. Or something. i.e.
There is a richness of functionality to librarything - it would seem
nice to take advantage of it. [By logging in I mean, I (did?) could
create a kwlug librarything id, marking the book list private. Then
the link logging in would make the library list visible. I'm guessing
the lug's library listing should not be a public everyone an see thing.]
- of course, there will be a need for maintenance functionality: new
books come in, check in/out sheets posted after each meeting, book
status changes (lost), etc.
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