Wikipedia and libraries: a match made in heaven


5 Responses to “Wikipedia and libraries: a match made in heaven”

  1. nowimnothing says:

    Pretty cool, Jon Udell has something similar but browser based:

    I have not tried it with Wikipedia but it works great on Amazon. And it is CC licensed!

  2. Christopher says:

    This is a wonderful, fascinating idea, and while I think it’s fantastic that Ockerbloom is taking the initiative and creating versions of how this might work I’d like to see more librarians participating in making this happen. After all Wikipedia was created and is maintained and added to by group effort. And librarians have a vested interest in a project like this.

    I could see librarians adding Wikipedia links to their own catalogs which could in turn be used by Wikipedia to create a link back to the library catalog.

    I don’t know how likely it will be that private companies would get on board, but the companies that create library catalogs (such as SirsiDynix) or that provide link resolver services to libraries (such as ExLibris) could also assist with this. 

  3. Jessy says:

    Open WorldCat,, might be useful for linking to readers’ local libraries. For example, if you wanted to find a copy of Pamela Smith Hill’s biography of Laura Ingalls Wilder, you could use Open WorldCat’s permalink: Readers could plug in their own zip code to find the book in a nearby library.

  4. Thanks for the fantastic reuse of the Wikipedia -> VIAF links that Andrew Gray and myself implemented last year in our Authority Control Integration Project through VIAFbot.

    To understand more about VIAFbot, the debriefing is available here:

  5. This is a good idea, but also, what about integrating public libraries and Google. Have google recommend books for the users from the public library catalog based on searches? 

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