Creating Library Web Services: Mashups and APIs (LITA) subject guides, Flickr library displays, YouTube library orientation; with mashups and APIs, it's easier to bring pieces of the web together with library data. Learn what an API is and what it does, the components of web services, how to build a mashup, how to work with PHP, and how to create web services for your library. Participants should be comfortable with HTML markup and have an interest in learning about web scripting and programming.

This is a synchronous course with a daily lecture in iLinc in addition to course material and discussion through Moodle. Please note: daily lectures will be recorded and shared with participants in the course Moodle space and will be available for viewing for 90 days following the course.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Understand and apply the major terms of web services
  • Use simple web services like Yahoo Pipes to bring multiple sources of data together.
  • Build simple mashups with Javascript
  • Build simple mashups with Server-side scripts (PHP)

Who Should Attend

Librarians and other information specialists who want to learn how to build web applications and simple web pages that bring together multiple data sources to create engaging and new library services.

Course Level & Prerequisites

Participants should know how to use e-mail and a current standard Web Browser. Mozilla/Firefox , Netscape 7.0, Safari or IE 5.5 or higher is preferred. Some basic knowlege of Javascript and PHP will be helpful.


 Jason Clark (Montana State University Libraries)

Date(s) & Time(s)

November 14-18, 2011; live, synchronous lectures 11:00 am - 1:00 pm CST

Day 1: Web Services Introduction
Day 2: Widgets, Gadgets, and Embedding Web Services
Day 3: Geographic and News APIs
Day 4: Bibliographic Data APIs
Day 5: Media APIs


  • LITA Member: $135
  • ALA Member: $195
  • Non-member: $260

Moodle and iLinc login info will be sent to registrants 1 week prior to the start date.

Technical Requirements

Live, synchronous lectures will take place in iLinc. Attendees may participant via internet audio and will need a wired, high-speed internet connection.

A Moodle-developed site is composed of self-paced modules with facilitated interaction led by the instructors.  Students regularly use the forum and chat room functions to facilitate their class participation.

The course web site will be open for 1 week prior to the start date for students to have access to Moodle instructions and set their browser correctly. The course site will remain open for 90 days after the end date for students to refer back to course material.


Register Online


Contact ALA Registration:  call 1-800-545-2433 and press 5 or email


For questions about registration, contact ALA Registration:  call 1-800-545-2433 and press 5 or email

For all other questions or comments related to the course, contact Melissa Prentice, LITA Programs and Marketing Specialist at (312) 280-4268 or