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Web Service APIs and Libraries
Jason Paul Michel
Item Number: 978-0-8389-1182-2
Publisher: ALA Editions
Price: $57.00
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152 pages
8.5" x 11"
ISBN-13: 978-0-8389-1182-2
Year Published: 2013
AP Categories: A, B, C, D, I, J, Z
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 them into existing library websites as well as use them to launch new kinds of services. Offering 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 widgets 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, Vimeo, 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.

Table of Contents


1 Twitter API and Libraries
2 Flickr API and Libraries
3 Vimeo API and Libraries
4 Google Charts API and Libraries
5 OCLC Web Services and Libraries
6 HathiTrust API and Libraries
7 Open Library API and Libraries
8 LibraryThing API and Libraries
9 Goodreads API and Libraries
10 Google Books API and Libraries


About the Author

Jason Paul Michel is User Experience Librarian at the Miami University Libraries in Oxford, Ohio. He has engineered numerous API projects at the Miami University Libraries, including Vimeo, Flickr, and Twitter API projects, and has presented on these projects at state and national library conferences. He was named a 2013 Library Journal Mover & Shaker.

"An excellent hands-on guide … Michel is a concise writer who never talks down to the reader, but instead maintains a comfortable assumption that you are eager to learn and have your hands on the keyboard.”

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