XML in Libraries

Larry Schankman lschankm at mnsfld.edu
Mon Feb 11 11:01:43 EST 2002


Thanks for all of the great ideas that I've seen in the last several
days...keep 'em coming!

p.s. as I alluded to earlier, I'm eager to start play with the new linking
features, especially embedding web pages within web pages. Where I see this
helping instruction is embedding an OPAC or database search within a
tutorial. In the past, librarians often used frames for this side-by-side
effect, usually with bad results. I'd love to say "ok, look at the interface
below, this is how you use it...now you try typing xxxx here [arrow pointing
to search dialogue and search button]."


Larry Schankman
Remote Services Librarian
North Hall Library
Mansfield University
Mansfield, PA 16933
lschankm at mnsfld.edu

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[mailto:xml4lib at sunsite.berkeley.edu]On Behalf Of chas at lib.uchicago.edu
Sent: Saturday, February 09, 2002 8:10 PM
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Subject: [XML4LIB] RE: Databases or XML

Larry> anyone developed a list of practical uses for XML for
Larry> libraries?

here are some (in use or being developed for our library):

1. locally created finding aids marked up in EAD (convert SGML to XML;
   index it; search and display it)
2. commercially created full-text data (convert SGML to XML, use XSLT
   to create output one can then index in another, locally created
3. writing an annual report
4. writing project plans that one can then repurpose, using XSLT,
   including publishing them as HTML on the web
5. writing other internal documents

this thread began by comparing and contrasting XML and RDB approaches
to data. when one compares XML to other possible approaches to
creating or handling full-text data, i think the advantages of an XML
approach are much harder to contest.

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