November 30, 2015

LibraryFinder: A New Web App By OCLC Researchers

From a HangingTogether Blog Post by OCLC’s Jim Michalko:

My colleagues in Research, JD Shipengrover and Jeremy Browning, wrote a very nice little application as part of a competition called 10K Apart with the tagline “Inspire the Web with just 10K”. The idea was to see what kinds of applications could be built with a total file size including images, scripts & markup that didn’t exceed 10K.

On the Library Finder page, JD provides some additional details:

Using HTML5 Geolocation to determine where you are, LF shows you the libraries near you. LF is meant to be mobile ( iOS & Android) but it can be used anywhere with FF6+, Safari, Chrome, or IE9+. Now go support a library. Why? Because libraries are awesome!

You can launch the app from the info page or direct at this URL.

Btw, we also like what the app has to say about libraries:


Library Finder: Because Libraries Are Awesome!

Nice Work and Kudos JD and Jeremy!

Btw, kudos to the entire OCLC Research team.

Here are a Few Recent Examples of Their Interesting and Exciting Work:

Demo App: WorldCat Identities Network
Awesome and full of potential not only in the library world.

iPhone App: mapFINDS
Great idea and again lots of potential. From OCLC Research Developer, Steven Huwig.

Report: Single Search: The Quest for the Holy Grail

Report: Seeking Synchronicity: Revelations and Recommendations for Virtual Reference

Report: Social Metadata for Libraries, Archives, and Museums Part 1: Site Reviews

More OCLC Research Experiments

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