We are also using our ILS's APIs to do things like display checked out
items and library fines or initiate ILL requests in systems that are not
It is also worth noting that Solr and Fedora, two stalwarts of the 21st
century discovery and repository systems are pretty much user
interface-less. Interaction with these two pieces of software, which are
underpinning a lot of modern catalogs and digital collections
infrastructure, is almost exclusively negotiated through their APIs.
On 10/11/11 12:01 PM, Walker, David wrote:
> We use a number of web services provided by our (often vendor-supplied) library systems. Those include: Metalib, SFX, bX, and Voyager. We've also worked with Ebsco, Summon, Primo/Primo Central, and Worldcat APIs.
> David Walker
> Library Web Services Manager
> California State University
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> From: Code for Libraries [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Michel, Jason Paul
> Sent: Saturday, October 08, 2011 10:34 AM
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> Subject: [CODE4LIB] Examples of Web Service APIs in Academic& Public Libraries
> Hello all,
> I'm a lurker on this listserv and am interested in gaining some insight into your experiences of utilizing web service APIs in either an academic library or public library setting.
> I'm writing a book for ALA Editions on the use of Web Service APIs in libraries. Each chapter covers a specific API by delineating the technicalities of the API, discussing potential uses of the API in library settings, and step-by-step tutorials.
> I'm already including examples of how my library (Miami University in Oxford, Ohio) are utilizing these APIs but would like to give the reader more examples from a variety of settings.
> APIs covered in the book: Flickr, Vimeo, Google Charts, Twitter, Open Library, LibraryThing, Goodreads, OCLC.
> So, what are you folks doing with APIs?
> Thanks for any insight!
> Kind regards,
> Jason Paul Michel
> User Experience Librarian
> Miami University Libraries
> Oxford, Ohio 45044
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