Web Service APIs and Libraries

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American Library Association, 2013 - Computers - 152 pages
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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.
 

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User Review  - Candice Kail - Book Verdict

Application programming interfaces (APIs) are powerful tools that help programmers and developers take advantage of a wealth of external online data sources to build software and services. Michel ... Read full review

Contents

Twitter API and Libraries
1
Flickr API and Libraries
17
Vimeo API and Libraries
27
Google Charts API and Libraries
35
OCLC Web Services and Libraries
45
HathiTrust API and Libraries
71
Open Library API and Libraries
79
LibraryThing API and Libraries
91
Goodreads API and Libraries
101
Google Books API and Libraries
109
Index
123
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About the author (2013)

 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 2013Library Journal Mover & Shaker.

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