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LazyWeb: Library Book RSS Feed?

O, LazyWeb, I invoke thee. Following on from Jon Udell’s insanely great Amazon/library bookmarklet (43F post): how hard would it be to generate an Atom/RSS feed of books I have out, books that are overdue, and books that are still on request?

Any takers? The respect and admiration of lazy, penurious nerds everywhere shall be your laurel.

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LibraryElf already does this almost...

LibraryElf already does this almost exactly. Notifications by RSS, SMS, and email currently.

They do not automatically renew books as I did with my personal implamentation of a system like this. It's not for evil, I swear!

They also do not have Netflixesk queuing features. They will notify you when a hold comes in, but will not keep track of what holds you've made in general.

They'll be glad to add your library - they've already made interfaces for most of the common OPACs, so the process is usually is somewhat trival. I've been helping them along with their RSS notification for a while now.

Now, if only library did Netflixesk queues... I know librarians are loathe to deal with holds for books on the shelf and for good reason too - they have better things to do that make me a weak reason to go to the library.

"Netflixesk library interface" is on my someday/maybe list at the moment, along with the real thing.




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