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Linked Library Service FAQs

Where can I learn more about linked data?

These two videos are a great place to start:

What products are available to help us get started with linked data?

NoveList is offering two products:

  1. Linked Library Service is the data transformation/publishing component, and
  2. NoveList Select for Linked Data is the enrichment of that data.

Both products together are the ideal combination to get your library maximum visibility.

There are other vendors selling linked data… what is the difference?

NoveList is partnering with Zepheira to offer linked data services. There are two other vendors who are also selling Zepheira’s services – Innovative and SirsiDynix. All of those options provide the *exact same* service. NoveList is the only company selling an enrichment component, NoveList Select for Linked Data.

What does NoveList Select for Linked Data do?

It adds NoveList Plus data – read-alikes, plus rich metadata including appeal terms, genres, and more – to your linked data. This makes your linked data richer and better-linked, increasing the power. We estimate that it adds between 2-10 times more connections to your data. This dramatically increases the visibility of the data on the web.

I have NoveList Select in my catalog; do I need NoveList Select for Linked Data too?

Yes. We wanted to give libraries maximum flexibility when it comes to choosing where you want to see our content. So you can choose the places where it is most relevant to your patrons. We currently offer it in several different channels: catalog, linked data, self-checkout, and mobile.

What is the network? is the behind-the-scenes architecture where linked data is published and becomes visible to the web. Web search engines crawl the network to generate search results that then point to your library. Over 1000 library locations are part of the network. Check out the slides from this PLA conference session on The Visible Library: Exposing Collections Through Linked Data to see the experiences of Denver Public Library, Worthington Public Library, and Anythink.

Which format(s) are included in the Linked Library Service?

There are four primary linked data formats: Bibframe,, Dublin Core, and Facebook Open Graph. Those four primary formats -- plus many others -- are included in the purchase of NoveList’s Linked Library Service.

Why is it important to publish in multiple formats?

There isn't a single format that takes care of all linked data needs.Bibframe was developed specifically for the library community, but is used by most search engines, and Facebook Open graph is used for social data. All of these webs of data can connect to one another, so the more compatible your data is with different formats, the more connected it will be.

What are the implementation steps?

It’s pretty simple – for the linked data service, you send NoveList your MARC records and we work with Zepheira to transform and publish them. There are some simple profile setup questions that we will also walk you through. If you purchase the enrichment, that is handled entirely between NoveList and Zepheira.

How often does the MARC export need to be done? 

We need to receive regular exports to keep the information up to date. The suggested frequency is monthly. The preferred approach is a full export at the beginning, with update exports thereafter. However, if the update exports are complicated, then full exports each month are acceptable too. We prefer for the export to include holdings information (which will improve geolocation of results), but if that isn’t possible, just bibliographic records are acceptable.

Is linked data compatible with any ILS?

As long as you can get us a full MARC export of your catalog records, yes.

Can we get metrics?

Yes, you can add Google Analytics tracking so that you can see the referrals brought to your catalog via linked data. Some libraries report that they are seeing 50-100 additional visits per day to their catalog that come directly through the linked data network. This will only get better as the network grows.


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