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Marliese Thomas's picture

Idea involving OCLC, chat - seeking advice

Hi all, 

Apologies for not being able to attend the Code Year meeting in Anaheim. Hopefully you can help me refine this idea, because I'm not actually sure what kind of coding it needs. 

We have just moved to Springshare's LibChat. My idea is that if someone is in a database item record (WorldCat.org, for example), they could click on the chat launch button, and the basic data of that item record would somehow be translated to us, either in display or as a post in the dialogue box. Maybe title, author, persistent link? My first thought was this would need to be passed through by the WorldCat API but it might be accomlishable by OpenURL. Kind of like how you can have your ILL screen automatically populate with item data. Either way, the call could be embedded within the code for the LibChat widget, ideally. 

If this could work, I'm thinking it could be used with any chat service, possibly with any database provider, depending on if it's API- or OpenURL-based. 

Has anyone heard of something like this before? I'm not very code-savvy (mostly editing widget code and xml/html), but this could be a good place for me to get my feet wet, if you could point me in the right direction. 

Thanks much!

Marliese Thomas, msthomas@samford.edu

Samford University, Birmingham, AL