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November 5, 2013 — In addition to this week's NewsBreak(s), the editors have compiled the Weekly News Digest, featuring stories from the week just past that you should know about. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today.

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DPLA Launches Bookshelf Feature

Browsing ebooks, serials, and journals on the DPLA (Digital Public Library of America) website recently became easier with the launch of the open source DPLA Bookshelf, a collection of the DPLA’s more than 1 million online books and periodicals.

Users can now see search results by scrolling through a visual representation of a bookshelf, with titles and authors visible on the ebooks’ virtual spines. Ebooks are stacked vertically on the results page.

“We knew that when we announced the addition of a large number of books to the DPLA collection that we would have to find an easy, yet powerful, way for our users to browse the collection,” says Dan Cohen, DPLA’s executive director. “This creative new interface adds to our discovery portal the most familiar of library metaphors: a quickly scannable shelf full of books.”

An ebook’s width on the vertical Bookshelf corresponds with the physical book’s height, and an ebook’s thickness corresponds with page count. Results are ranked using shades of blue to indicate the most relevance.

Clicking on an ebook brings up the metadata and related images from the DPLA’s collection. Clicking an ebook’s subject area loads a shelf of other ebooks with the same subject.

The Harvard Library Innovation Lab took inspiration from its StackLife book browsing project to create the bookshelf with the help of a DPLA grant.

Source: Digital Public Library of America



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