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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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Thanks Leland, for describing Library...

Thanks Leland, for describing Library Elf and for the ensuing comments. This is all good feedback for us on how to improve Library Elf.

Just to let everyone know, Library Elf doesn't store any historical information on what users have borrowed. Any sensitive information such as passwords, library cardnumbers, etc are encrypted with a very high level algorithm. Also everything works in real-time. A RSS file may be published up to once a day for users who have chosen to receive RSS feeds. Previous RSS copies are not kept or retained.

As far as the subpoena policy - we are following the same policies that are in place at some libraries here in Canada. However, the bottomline, in our opinion, is that there really isn't anything worth turning over. And it would be done only if we were absolutely compelled to do so.

Finally we have changed our Privacy Policy to make it clearer and hopefully this will reduce the privacy concerns.




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