For immediate release | January 18, 2013

Web service APIs and libraries

CHICAGO — Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) are software tools that help different programs work together, and “Web Service APIs and Libraries,” published by ALA Editions, shows how to enhance an institution's presence on the Web using a variety of handy, popular programs. Focusing on widely adopted tools that all have immediate, useful applications, User Experience (UX) librarian Jason Paul Michel demonstrates how to integrate APIs into existing library websites as well as use them to launch new kinds of services. Offering step-by-step guidance, his 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.

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.

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"Web Service APIs and Libraries"

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