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.


 Jason Clark (Montana State University Libraries)


How to Register

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