Contribution and relevance begin with visibility. Libraries must clearly answer:
Libraries exist to know and serve their communities, whether centered around geography, purpose, or subjects.
Libraries maintain some of the richest descriptive metadata, curated content, and services in the world. For the Web to connect with libraries, we must share in a way the Web understands
The Web values happy users above all. The Library.Link Network completes the cycle of visibility by working with libraries and providers to ensure the wealth of data and connections links Web users to the Library’s resources, locations, special collections, and events.
To tell the full story of the library requires collaboration of libraries and their vendors. The Library.Link Network Publishing Partners are commited to telling the Web the full story.
The Library.Link Network performs a 4 step process. Source data is transformed to Linked Data using the BIBFRAME vocabulary. The resulting data is linked across the Library’s Graph and external Web sources. Then the data is published to the Web in a variety of Linked Data vocabularies with clear Creative Commons attribution for the Library. The Web then begins harvesting and pointing to the newly available library resources.
While The Library.Link Network was introduced in 2016, the technology, infrastructure, and partnerships with libraries and some providers have been in place since 2014 helping pave the way. In just the last year the Network now has: