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Creating Database-Backed Library Web Pages: Using Open Source Tools
Stephen R. Westman
Item Number: 978-0-8389-0910-2
Publisher: ALA Editions
Price: $55.00
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288 pages
6" x 9"
ISBN-13: 978-0-8389-0910-2
Year Published: 2005
Database-backed Web pages provide many advantages for libraries: users get accurate and up-to-date information in real time, and site maintenance and data publishing are much easier. As appealing an idea as database-backed pages are, the “how-tos” of creating them remain a mystery to many librarians.

This hands-on resource provides the tools to improve users’ results by providing current data, make site maintenance and data publishing much easier, and even add new usefulness to existing data. Following these clear, step-by-step explanations, readers will find proven solutions for answers to questions like:

  • What are database-backed Web pages?
  • How much technical know-how is needed to do this?
  • When, and for what kinds of information, are database-backed Web pages appropriate?
  • What are Open Source tools?
  • Who can use Open Source software?
  • Why is it appropriate for libraries?
The book includes:

  • Sample application code and databases
  • A programming environment, including a function library to facilitate the programming of often-needed tasks
  • Links to information on setting up your own database-backed
    website, including specific instructions on how to set up the book's programming environment
  • Example forms, documents, and programming standards for designing your own site

    The book focuses on MySQL but also offers information on PostgreSQL, including full support for it in the function library.

    This authoritative, money-saving guide takes readers through a complete project from concept to implementation. It serves both beginner and expert librarians involved with designing and maintaining websites, as well as IT managers and administrators seeking expert guidance on hardware, software, and programming and documentation procedures. Packed with expert advice and links to real tools, this powerful, hands-on reference will streamline webmasters’ results and customers’ searches.

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    About the Author

    Stephen R. Westman is Digital Information Services Librarian at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte where he is involved in creating databases to organize and provide access to information on the Web. Information retrieval issues have dominated his career, as he held similar positions at Georgia College and State University, University of Texas at San Antonio, and The Ohio State University. For 18 years, he has worked with databases, focusing for the past ten years on using relational databases to create Web pages and applications. He earned his M.S. in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.

    ”This book provides technical guidance to libraries in developing relational databases through the use of open source tools … [The author's] expertise shows clearly in this excellent, essential guide for anyone involved in creating database-backed library webpages.”
    —Online Information Review

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