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Zine Library Catalogue Final Report

In the spirit of zine-making, Amanda and I intend to reformat and publish our final report for this project as a zine. However, for those who might be following our progress online and also for review by our instructor before we can format, publish and distribute our paper-based report, we’re pre-publishing it electronically to this blog. Enjoy. There’s also a PDF version here.

Partial success

Circulation functionality is now working in our system. I’m not completely sure of all of the workflows, but the functionality to check items in and out is working.

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Circulation progress

I’ve had a bit of a breakthrough today on the circulation issue.

Our cirulation module needs to hook into the display of Item and Zine records. This was going to require some slightly tricky logic when it came to displaying the statuses of all Items when viewing a Zine record. We would have to build a table in the module’s hook_nodeapi() routines to output html. Ugly.

Bibliographic Records

Bibliographic records will be handled as custom content types in our system. In our current development system, this consists of a single content type called zine (display name ‘Zine Record’).

Searching, Browsing, and Viewing Records

One of the most important functions of the Anchor Archive’s system will be enabling users to find and view zine records. They will be able to do this by searching in different ways or browsing by topic.

Circulation

The ability to manage the loaning of materials is very important to this project. After considering different methods to accomplish such tasks as check-out, check-in, and review of item status, we have decided to proceed by writing a custom Drupal module. This module will be released to anyone with interest when it becomes at least partly functional.

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Tagging and User Comments

The Anchor Archive will allow users to add their own tags and comments to zine records. Tags will provide complementary user-generated subject indexing to zine records. Comments will be primarily used to gather reviews of zines from members.

Data Model

Last week Amanda and I made some sketches of the relational data model for the anchor archive system. What follows is a slightly formalised version which I have created with a database modeler.

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Cavorting with Koha

While Amanda (and, to a lesser extent, myself) have been exploring Drupal lately, I have been getting re-acquainted with the command-line of my GNU/Linux box. Last week I set up this blog, a sample Drupal system and, most challenging of all, a koha system.

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