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Asynchronous eCourse beginning May 4, 2015 and continuing for 4 weeks
An ALA Editions eCourse facilitated by Jason Paul Michel
This specially priced bundle includes enrollment in the eCourse along with the companion e-book, a convenient way to enrich the professional development of library staff. The e-book includes the complete text of the print edition in PDF format.
Please note: Your purchase at the ALA Store is only Step 1 of a 2-Step Registration process!
Upon purchase you will receive a digital download in the form of a registration PDF. This PDF contains a link to our Registration page and a password. You must download this PDF and follow the instructions in order to complete the registration. The download link can be found on the final confirmation screen after you complete your purchase, and may also be accessed from your Account History. Confirmation with login instructions, reminders, and alerts will go to the email address used in the registration.
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Estimated Hours of Learning: 24
Certificate of Completion available upon request
APIs open up a world of content to your library and get your vendor products working in unison. Without a basic knowledge of APIs, you can’t even be part of the conversation. Recognized as a Library Journal Mover and Shaker for “forward-thinking digital services,” Jason Paul Michel will get you started with the basics. By the end of the ecourse you will be writing PHP scripts to pull data from Twitter or the Digital Public Library. Instructor Jason Paul Michel’s ebook Web Service APIs and Libraries is free with your course purchase, and is rich with sample codes and project ideas.
- Understand what an API is and why they are important.
- Understand how APIs have been applied in library settings and ways in which they can be used in the future.
- Obtain the coding skills necessary to produce or contribute to your API projects.
Introduction to APIs from a general perspective. Introduction to PHP.
Content and assignments:
1. Video lecture setting the stage (30 - 45 minutes)
2. Videos and/or readings illustrating what APIs are and what they can achieve
3. Assignment: Complete Code academy PHP Lessons 1 - 3
Learning PHP and setting up your server space.
Content and assignments:
1. Video lecture discussing web servers and web programming (30 - 45 minutes)
2. Videos and/or readings discussing basics of web servers and web programming
3. Assignment: Complete Code academy PHP Lessons 4 - 5
4. Assignment: Set up web server space with their systems department and write first “Hello World” script.
Working with specific APIs: Twitter & DPLA (Digital Public Library of America).
Content and assignments:
1. Video lecture discussing, with examples, coding with Twitter & DPLA APIs (30 - 45 minutes)
2. Readings: Twitter & DPLA Developer Documentation
3. Assignment: Obtain API Keys for Twitter & DPLA
4. Assignment: Write simple script for Twitter & DPLA APIs which prints out arrays of data.
Bringing it all together with HTML.
1. Video lecture discussing/illustrating a “finished” product with HTML (30 - 45 minutes)
2. Video lecture discussing next steps and possibilities
3. Readings on web programming with PHP and HTML
4. Assignment: Wrap PHP code with HTML for Twitter script.
5. Assignment: Wrap PHP code with HTML for DPLA script.
How this eCourse Works
The eCourse begins on May 4. Your participation will require approximately five hours a week, at times that fit your schedule. There are no live sessions. All activities take place on the website, and you will be expected to
Instructor Jason Paul Michel will monitor discussion boards regularly during the four-week period, lead group discussions, and will also answer individual questions. All interaction will take place on the eCourse site, which will be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It's recommended that students log into the site on May 4 or within a few days for an overview of the content and to begin the first lesson.
- Read, listen to or view online content
- Post to online discussion boards
- Complete weekly assignments or activities
Participants will need regular access to a computer with an internet connection for online message boards participation, viewing online video, listening to streaming audio (mp3 files), and downloading and viewing PDFs and PowerPoint files. ALA Editions eCourses are fully compatible with Windows and MacOs.
About the Instructor
Jason Paul Michel currently is User Experience Librarian at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, where his work centers around usability, emerging technologies, UX and web design, and instruction. Author of the ALA Editions book Web Service APIs and Libraries (2012), he has engineered various API-driven projects and presented on these at several national library conferences. He was named a 2013 Mover & Shaker by Library Journal and received his MSLIS from Simmons College in Boston, MA.