Web Service APIs and Libraries for Beginners

Overview

This book shows how to enhance an institution's presence on the Web with tools that integrate a variety of handy, popular programs. Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) are software tools that help different programs work together, and Michel shows readers how to integrate these into existing libray websites as well as use them to launch new kinds of services. With step by step guidance, this book
*Uses real-world examples to show how APIs can be used to promote library ...
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Overview

This book shows how to enhance an institution's presence on the Web with tools that integrate a variety of handy, popular programs. Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) are software tools that help different programs work together, and Michel shows readers how to integrate these into existing libray websites as well as use them to launch new kinds of services. With step by step guidance, this book
*Uses real-world examples to show how APIs can be used to promote library materials and events, visualize data, educate patrons, and mobilize library services
*Demonstrates how to create and manage wigits for photo galleries, instant reporting on computer/printer availability, featured book titles and book reviews from library users, tracking usage data, and many other library functions
*Includes instructions for working with popular tools such as Flickr, YouTube, Vmeo, Twitter, Google Charts, OCLC, Wordpress, Goodreads, LibraryThing, and the Hathi Trust
*Provides plentiful screenshots, snippets of HTML code, and easy-to-follow samples to ensure that even novices will feel comfortable integrating APIs into their marketing plans
Focusing on widely adopted tools that all have immediate, useful applications, this practical book will help extend any library's reach.
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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Application programming interfaces (APIs) are powerful tools that help programmers and developers take advantage of a wealth of external online data sources to build software and services. Michel (user experience librarian, Miami Univ. Libs., OH) explores the possibilities APIs offer libraries and how to integrate library-related content into library websites and catalogs. He discusses ten resources: Twitter, Flickr, Vimeo, Google Charts, OCLC, HathiTrust, Open Library, LibraryThing, Goodreads, and Google Books, highlighting engaging ways to use their content. Michel begins each chapter with potential services that the API discussed could enhance and offers examples of its use in libraries, a technical explanation of the API, and step-by-step instructions (including specific coding) on building the application. Unfortunately, the Amazon takeover of Goodreads may temper some of his creative ideas for the nearly 50 APIs Goodreads offers. He advocates using APIs to create content mashups on web pages, as well as to provide users with enhanced options in the library catalog. VERDICT An inspiring and usable primer for programmers and developers. Highly recommended for libraries with in-house technology teams and essential for geeks, programmers, and developers working in book-related industries. [Michel is one of LJ's 2013 Movers & Shakers; see LJ 3/15/13 p. 65.—Ed.]—Candice Kail, Columbia Univ. Libs., New York
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780838911822
  • Publisher: ALA Editions
  • Publication date: 8/28/2012
  • Pages: 152
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.33 (d)

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