For immediate release | July 9, 2013

Harnessing free content with Web service APIs

CHICAGO - ALA TechSource announces a new workshop featuring Jason Paul Michel: Harnessing Free Content with Web Service APIs. This 90-minute workshop will take place at 2:30 p.m. Eastern/1:30 p.m. Central/12:30 p.m. Mountain/11:30 a.m. Pacific.on Thursday, Aug. 1.

Nowadays, people often go to the Web rather than the library for information. But all is not lost. The Web ecosystem thrives on openness and sharing. Learn how to use APIs (application programming interfaces), and your library will both deliver and receive content from larger, highly used services as Twitter, Vimeo or Instagram. In this introductory workshop, Jason Paul Michel, author of Web Service APIs and Libraries, will explain how APIs work, what’s involved in implementing them and why they are important.

You will learn about:

  • How other libraries are using APIs, with examples;
  • What resources are necessary to implement and maintain APIs;
  • The skills you need to get started and resources for developing them;
  • APIs from libraryland, such as WorldCat, LibraryThing and EBSCO.

Registration for this ALA TechSource Workshop is available on the ALA Store. Registration is available at both individual and group rates.

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. Michel’s work revolves 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 & Shaker" by Library Journal.

ALA TechSource Workshops are designed to give you and your staff the opportunity to participate in a hands‐on learning experience that will help you make the best technology decisions for your library.

ALA TechSource is a publishing imprint of the American Library Association. ALA TechSource publishes Library Technology Reports and the ALA TechSource Blog.

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Dan Freeman

Online Learning Manager

ALA Publishing