Library Mashups: Exploring New Ways to Deliver Library Data
"As web users become more savvy and demanding, libraries are looking for new ways to allow user participation. This unique book is geared to help any library keep its website dynamically and collaboratively up-to-date, increase user participation, and provide exemplary web-based service through the power of mashups. Mashups - web applications that combine freely available data from various sources to create something new - can be one very powerful way to meet expectations and provide exemplary web-based service. This forward-thinking book, with contributions from a team of international experts in the field, brings together definitions, summaries, tools, techniques and real life applications of mashups in libraries. Examples range from ways to allow those without programming skills to make simple website updates to modifying the library OPAC, to using popular sites like Flickr, Yahoo!, LibraryThing, Google Maps and Delicious to share and combine digital content. Key areas covered include: what are mashups? mashing up library websites, mashing up catalogue data, maps, pictures, and videos, adding value to your services. A companion website at www.mashups.web2learning.net features an A-Z listing of websites with definitions and examples of mashups, which will be constantly maintained to keep this text completely up to date. This timely and valuable guide is essential reading for all libraries and librarians seeking a dynamic, interactive web presence. Whether you are a 'newbie' beginner or a veteran programmer, this book is sure to include something that will inspire you and make you think differently about the services your library currently offers."--Publisher's website.