I'm not sure if I was clear enough about what I'm interested in. Another way of looking at this is analagous to Google Ads. Google has established that placing context sensitive ads alongside search engine results is an effective way to drive traffic to advertiser websites.
If WorldCat Local becomes our library's search engine, shouldn't our library be able to put context sensitive "ads" next to results? These "ads" (or OneBoxes) would appear based on the search term and offer things like:
- links to library created research guides that seem relevant to search at hand
- links to course reserves if a prof's name is searched
- results from a site search of our library's site
- image results from ARTstor (ala Google images)
- results (if any) from the library's digital collections
The WorldCat API is nice and all, but who (besides Terry Reese) wants to build an entire interface from scratch using it?
Click on the image above for an illustration of the WorldCat Local OneBox concept.