Web Service APIs and Libraries

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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.
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

Jason Paul Michel

Jason Paul Michel currently serves as the User Experience (UX) Librarian at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. He received his MSLIS from Simmons College in Boston, MA. Michel's work centers around usability, emerging technologies, UX and web design, and instruction. He has engineered various API-driven projects and has presented on these at several national library conferences. He is author of Web Service APIs and Libraries (ALA Editions, 2012) and was named a 2013 "Mover and Shaker" by Library Journal.

"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."