ATLA 2016 - Long Beach


In 2014 the Library of Congress issued an RFQ for a BIBFRAME "search and display" system to highlight BIBFRAME. Aaron Schmidt of Influx Library User Interface Design and Jeremy Nelson were awarded the contract with the Library of Congress that with the additional of Mike Stabile, resulted in BIBCAT - a BIBFRAME Catalog - a lightweight catalog web application that uses the backend BIBFRAME Datastore.

Catalog Pull Platform

The Catalog Pull Platform is the research effort by Jeremy Nelson and KnowledgeLinks to develop a flexible, lightly coupled, bibliographic and semantic web suite of technology for libraries, museums, and other cultural heritage organizations to develop small and efficient technology solutions for bibliographic and digital asset management.

Inspired by both the Lean Startup and Toyota's Lean Manufacturing, the Catalog Pull Platform moves away from trying to anticipate the needs and then "pushing" services and technology to patrons and staff, but instead identifies and responds to needs and demands for library technology by "pulling" directly from various constituencies served by libraries and cultural heritage organizations.


People - primary source of pull

People are the first and most important source of library systems demand in the Catalog Pull Platform. By listening to patrons, staff, and other vested individuals we can build lightweight utilities to meet that need.


Institutions - Responsiblity and Accountibility

Institutions are the second source of pull for the Catalog Pull Platform as both internal and external groups hold libraries accountable for implicit and explicit outcomes.


Algorithms - Connecting Networked Library Systems

To function as first-class citizens in the networked information environment, the library's primary website and catalog must be easily found Google, Facebook, and other third parties.

By publishing their institution's organizational knowledge and collections as Linked Data and providing open APIs for use by other people and institutions, library systems function as critical asset.

Catalog Pull Platform

Interested in Learning more?

My book Becoming a Lean Library is published by Chandos Publishing and goes into much more detail on how a Catalog Pull Platform can be used in improving Library operations and services.

Group Exercise

  1. Please divide yourselves into groups of three, four, or five people.
  2. For each source pull; come up two or three examples of pull from your own experience.
  3. Have own group member enter your responses by highlight and annotating each pull source - people, institutions, and algorithms - with


Lessons learned

Build-Measure-Learn Iterations for BIBCAT 2.0

Following the Lean Startup practice of build-measure-learn software development iterations, we are on the first iteration for BIBCAT 2.0 using BIBFRAME 2.0 as one of the core vocabularies.

Let's start building!

  1. Take your RDF MARC-to-BIBFRAME Map
  2. Convert a random sample of MARC records to BIBFRAME graphs
  3. Browse the results in the triplestore

The biggest promise of linked-data is in potential improvements to library work-flows while enhancing the accessibility and discoverablity of the library resources and services.

Also, the development of institutional knowledge graphs for managing and asserting statements about your local authorities such as people, concepts, etc.

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