Marshall Breeding is an independent consultant, speaker, and author. He is the editor of Smart Libraries Newsletter and creator and editor of Library Technology Guides (https://librarytechnology.org). He has authored the annual “Library Systems Report” published most recently in American Libraries. He has also edited and authored several books, was formerly the director for innovative technology and research for the Vanderbilt University Library, and regularly teaches workshops and presents internationally at library conferences.
Opening Up Library Systems through Web Services and SOA: Hype, or Reality?--eEditions e-book
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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