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Opening Up Library Systems through Web Services and SOA: Hype, or Reality?
Marshall Breeding
Item Number: 978-0-8389-5806-3
Publisher: ALA TechSource
Price: $43.00
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Library Technology Reports, November/December 2009 (45:8)

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42 pages
8.5" x 11"
ISBN-13: 978-0-8389-5806-3
Year Published: 2009

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Featured in the January 2010 Computers in Libraries "Books to Check Out" column by Deborah Poulson.

Libraries are increasingly demanding the ability to exploit their library systems (LIS) using application programming interfaces (APIs), Web services, or other technologies. This issue of Library Technology Reports explores how vendors of open source library technology are approaching this desire for customization plus an in-depth exploration of trends towards APIs, Web services, and the service-oriented architecture.

Topics Covered in this Issue Include:
  • Why Should Libraries Care about Application Programming Interfaces?
  • APIs: Basic Concepts
  • Vendors and Products: Case Studies and Customer Responses
  • API Hype and Reality
  • Conclusions and resources

About the Author

Marshall Breeding serves as the Director for Innovative Technology and Research at the Vanderbilt University Libraries in Nashville, Tennessee. He has authored several previous Library Technology Report issues: “Electronic Security Strategies for Libraries,” “Strategies for Measuring and Implementing E-Use,” “Integrated Library Software: A Guide to Multiuser, Multifunction Systems,” “Wireless Networks in Libraries,” “Web Services and the Service-Oriented Architecture,” and “Open Source Integrated Library Systems.” Breeding is also a contributing editor to Smart Libraries Newsletter, published by ALA TechSource, and has authored the feature “Automated Systems Marketplace” for Library Journal for the last six years. His column “Systems Librarian” appears monthly in Computers in Libraries magazine.

A regular on the library conference circuit, Breeding frequently speaks at Computers in Libraries, Internet Librarian, and other professional gatherings throughout the United States and internationally. He is a regular panelist on the LITA Top Technology Trends panel at the ALA Annual and Midwinter conferences. Breeding created and maintains the Library Technology Guides Web site. For more information about the author, click here.

About Library Technology Reports

Published by ALA TechSource, Library Technology Reports helps librarians make informed decisions about technology products and projects. Library Technology Reports publishes eight issues annually and provides thorough overviews of current technology. Reports are authored by experts in the field and may address the application of technology to library services, offer evaluative descriptions of specific products or product classes, or cover emerging technology. Find out more information on this publication and how you can subscribe here.


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