Creating Library Web Services: Mashups and APIs (LITA)

via email 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 hands-on course is synchronous with a daily lecture followed by a hands-on exercise. Instructors will be available for any questions during the exercises.

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)

All of the required readings and activities for the course will be available online.

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.


Karen Coombs (OCLC Developer Network)

Jason Clark (Montana State University Libraries)

Date(s) & Time(s)

November 15-19, 2010; live, synchronous lectures 10:00 am – 12 noon 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: $175
  • Non-member: $195

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 will need a wired, high-speed internet connection and a USB headset with microphone (e.g. Plantronics 645and above).

A Moodle-developed site is composed of self-paced modules with facilitated interaction led by the instructors. There are predetermined start and end dates and a suggested pace which includes interaction with the instructors and your classmates. 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 1 week after the end date for students to complete any sections and submit the course evaluation survey.

How to Register

Register Online

ORMail, fax, or email registration form [pdf]


Melissa Prentice

LITA Programs and Marketing Specialist

(312) 280-4268


ALCTS webinar: Using Web 2.0 Applications in Technical Services


ALCTS webinar: Using Web 2.0 Applications in Technical Services

This webinar builds on the lively e-forum discussion “Using Web 2.0 Tools to Enhance Technical Services Work” held in May 2010.  The presentation will familiarize participants with blogs, wikis, tagging, RSS feeds, Instant Messaging (IM), and Google applications, and demonstrate how they can be used to facilitate communication and streamline workflows in technical services.   The presentation will also explain how to overcome some of the pitfalls in adopting new technologies, including “technolust,” and examine techniques for encouraging employees to adopt new technologies.


Julie Swierczek is a Technical Services Specialist at Salve Regina University’s McKillop Library where she is responsible for all of the library’s cataloging as well as for managing the print serials collection; she also does freelance cataloging. She has worked in large and small academic libraries in circulation, reserves, and cataloging. She holds a BA in History and Philosophy from Rosemont College and an MA in Philosophy from Miami University of Ohio. She is currently enrolled in the MS in LIS at the University of Illinois

Date:  September 29, 2010

All webinars are one hour in length and begin at 2pm Eastern, 1pm Central, noon Mountain, and 11am Pacific Time.


To register, complete the online registration form at for the session you would like to attend.


Group Rates – ALCTS Members & Non-Members: $99
Individuals – ALCTS Members: $39; Non-Members: $49
Participants outside the United States may register at the ALCTS member rate.

The one-time fee includes unlimited access to the webinar recording.

For questions about registration, contact Tom Ferren, ALA Senior Registration Coordinator at 1-800-545-2433, ext. 4293 or

Webcast on Security of Social Networking Sites/Web 2.0

Security of Social Networking Sites/ Web 2.0” webcast hosted by the U.S. Dept of Homeland Security and the MS-ISAC
August 19, 2009.

This webcast event is free and open to the public, and will be applicable to a broad audience, from an individual user to the enterprise perspective.

Security of Social Networking Sites / Web 2.0
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
2:00pm – 3:00pm (Eastern)

Presenter: Mischel Kwon, Director
United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team
National Cyber Security Division
U.S. Department of Homeland Security

To register, please visit: (For security purposes, please copy and paste the URL into your Internet browser.)

The term “Web 2.0” generally encompasses the next generation of the World Wide Web that facilitates enhanced online collaboration and communication, utilizing a variety of methods, such as social networking sites, wikis, blogs and other means. The use of these tools continues to increase among individuals and organizations. While the convenience and real-time communication has made these tools very popular, there are potential security risks that all users must understand.

Presentation topics:

–define how Web 2.0 services, especially social networking sites, are being used
–discuss the potential security risks associated with the use of these services
–explain steps end-users and organizations can take to mitigate security risks when using these services

For more information on the August 19th webcast, please visit:

The National Webcast Initiative: The Department of Homeland Security’s National Cyber Security Division and the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC) have partnered to establish the National Webcast Initiative comprising a series of national webcasts which examine critical and timely cyber security issues.  Embracing the concept that security is everyone’s responsibility, these webcasts are available to a broad audience to help raise awareness and knowledge levels.  A number of vendors have offered their services at no cost, to help develop and deliver the webcasts.

LIS Continuing Education via the Internet

The University at Buffalo=s Department of Library and Information Studies announces four Fall 2009 one-credit, non-degree courses to be delivered entirely via the Internet <>:

*       Integrating Web 2.0 into the Classroom
*       Teaching with Maps and Cartographic Materials
*       Cataloging for School Librarians
*       Map Cataloging

In addition, two Fall 2009 seated one-credit, non-degree courses will be offered on the UB Amherst Campus in Buffalo <>:
*       LIS 700 Special Collections Librarianship
*       Introduction to Music Libraries

Limited tuition assistance may be available, so if you are interested in registering call (716) 645-2110 ASAP for more information. Registration information and full course descriptions can be accessed at the URLs above. For registration and contact information, go to

Judith Schiek Robinson, Professor and Department Chair, Department of Library and Information Studies, Graduate School of Education, University at Buffalo, 534 Baldy Hall, Buffalo, NY 14260-1020; (716) 645-2412 Ext. 1166; FAX (716) 645-3775; E-mail:; Office = 526 Baldy Hall; campus map and parking <>

Register now for upcoming e-Learning opportunities

Registration is now open for the following e-learning opportunities from ACRL. Stretch your professional budget by registering now for these affordable distance learning courses and events! Space is limited, so register now to reserve your seat!

Multi-week Courses:

Introduction to Website Usability

March 23-April 10, 2009

For very little investment in staff hours and training you can reap tremendous benefits by connecting with the users of your library website and Web based applications through usability testing. This three-week course is designed for the librarian or library IT staff person who is interested in setting up a usability program but doesn’t know where to begin.

For more information about this course, including pricing and a link to online registration, please visit

Implementing Online Teaching and Learning: Using Moodle and Other Web 2.0 Features

April 6 – May 2, 2009

In this four week hands-on course we will overview of the state-of-the-art of online teaching and learning technology and its applications. We will review the use of teaching materials created with multi-media plug-ins and classroom communications tools and specifically the Moodle LMS (Learning Management System).

For more information about this course, including pricing and a link to online registration, please visit

Copyright and the Library Part 2: Library, Classroom and Other Issues Including the DMCA

April 6 – 24, 2009

In this course, students will continue to learn to think in terms of U.S. copyright law. In this course, students will focus on issues pertaining to Libraries with a special focus on how copyright pertains to the classroom setting. Sections 108, 109, 110, 512 and 1201 will be examined for a thorough understanding on their impact in academic libraries.

For more information about this course, including pricing and a link to online registration, please visit

Live Webcasts:

Next Generation Information Commons
March 31, 2009 – 2PM Eastern

Some information commons are now more than ten years old and are in need of refreshing in terms of conception, configuration, technologies, and services. Others are so popular that additions are planned, either adjacent to the existing commons, on other floors, or in other buildings on campus. Through the use of principles and practical examples, participants will learn about trends in information and learning commons. A wide variety of photos will be used to illustrate the presentation

For more information about this webcast, including pricing and a link to online registration, please visit

Program Review for Academic Libraries

April 14, 2009 – 2PM Eastern

Institutional program review guidelines often list the library as a resource for departments undergoing review. However, more academic libraries are being included in their institution ‘s review cycle and asked to undergo program review themselves. This session will introduce academic program review; discuss what is involved in putting together a program review for an academic library; and present questions to consider in working through the program review process.

For more information about this webcast, including pricing and a link to online registration, please visit

User Experience (Blended Librarianship)

April 23, 2009 – 2PM Eastern

This webcast serves to help participants identify techniques and tools that will enable academic librarians, faculty members, information technologists, instructional design professionals, et al. to discover or develop and implement new approaches for collaboration, to achieve maximum integration of the library into the teaching and learning process throughout their institutions. To help guide such collaborative efforts toward library, curricular, and other related institutional goals – especially those of advancing information literacy.

For more information about this webcast, including pricing and a link to online registration, please visit

For more information about any of the above courses or webcasts, please contact ACRL Web Services Manager Jon Stahler at

LOEX Virtual Sessions

LOEX is pleased to announce “LOEX 2008 Encore”, live virtual “encore” sessions of three breakouts from the May 1-3 LOEX 2008 Conference in Oak Brook, IL.

This is in response to the fact that not everyone who would like to attend the LOEX Conference can (e.g., timing, cost, or never got off the wait list), and even those who do attend the conference occasionally miss a session they want to see. For 2008, we will start small by offering three virtual sessions (as opposed to the 44 sessions at the Oak Brook conference) as we will need to see what the level of interest is and how well this new offering meets the needs of our members. If it is successful, in the future we hope to offer 5 to 10 virtual breakout sessions.

Each session is one hour, will be held in Wimba, and will allow for live interaction between presenters and attendees. These virtual sessions will utilize the material presenters have prepared for the LOEX 2008 conference and enable them to reach a wider audience of people. Hopefully, it will develop into a nice supplement to the conference.

Sessions (each is one hour):

  • Tuesday, May 20th, 3 pm Eastern/12 pm Pacific:
    Teaching Web 2.0 to Student 1.5: Effective Methods for Introducing New Information Tools
    (Robin Ewing and Melissa K. Prescott)
  • Wednesday, May 21st, 3 pm Eastern/12 pm Pacific:
    Saving Student Brian: Engaging Students with Innovative Technology
    (Stacey Greenwell, Beth Kraemer and Debbie Sharp)
  • Thursday, May 22nd, 3 pm Eastern/12 pm Pacific:
    Learning (2.0) to be a Social Library
    (Beverly Simmons)

Check out the conference program for session descriptions

Registration Date:
April 29th, 1PM Eastern / 10AM Pacific

Note: registration is reserved for current LOEX members, or those who attended or were on the wait list for the conference in Oak Brook, IL.

Registration Fee (per session):

Attended conference in Oak Brook, IL
– $25 for 1 person
– $50 for 2+ people at same location (with one log-in)

Did not attend conference in Oak Brook, IL
– $40 for 1 person
– $70 for 2+ people at same location (with one log-in)

Payment Due Date:
Monday, May 19th 2008.

Registration cancellations must be made in writing and postmarked, emailed, or faxed at least 2 days before your virtual session.

More information can be found on the Virtual Sessions FAQ.

If you still have questions, please email

Campus Technology 2008: Explore Next-Gen Tech

Campus Technology 2008: Explore the Latest Web 2.0 Tech Tools

Welcome to Next-Gen.Edu!, the 2008 Campus Technology conference, July 28-31, at the Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel, in Boston, MA. Our 15th annual education technology conference, is the best most cost-effective way for campus leaders to acquire the knowledge and tools they need to survive-and thrive-in a rapidly changing Web 2.0 world. Whether you are a CIO, CFO, VP of technology, dean, department chair or a tech-savvy faculty member, you’ll find that this year’s workshops, tracks and general sessions are right on target-designed specifically to address the most pressing challenges and current initiatives on your campus today.

Customize Your Conference Experience

Choose from a diverse selection of Next-Gen technology workshops and sessions to build the conference that works for you and is highly relevant to your interests, professional responsibilities and campus needs. Explore within your career track and beyond!

Find Real Solutions to Web 2.0 Challenges at CT08

The interactive style and dynamic discussion formats of our varied session types-such as panels, Q&As, and guided learning workshops-will provide you with information relevant to your own campus challenges, the best of peer-to-peer learning in the ultimate collegial environment, and takeaways you can put into action the minute you return to campus.

Find the most up-to-date conference information at

Registration now open!

Click HERE to register. Book before June 27 and save with our Early Bird Discount!

MS Library 2.0 Summit — Call for Speakers and Posters

Save the Date
2008 MS Library 2.0 Summit
Friday, June 20, 2008
Sponsored by Mississippi State University Libraries

The 2008 MS Library 2.0 Summit is accepting proposals for “Steal-this-Idea” speakers and poster sessions through April 25th.  The “Steal-this-Idea” sessions will be one-hour in length, including time for discussion.  Applicants are encouraged to submit proposals that share their own experiences applying 2.0 technologies in public, k-12, college, community college, university or special libraries.  We encourage, but do not require, hands-on elements to be included in the “Steal-this-Idea” sessions.  Please submit 150-200 word summaries for speaker or poster sessions to before 5pm on April 25, 2008.

Registration begins April 28, 2008.  Find out more at the Summit website:

ACRL Springboard Event archive and podcast interview with Henry Jenkins

Take advantage of this new ACRL member benefit. On April 2, ACRL held its inaugural Springboard Event, an annual free webcast for ACRL members. The webcast featured Henry Jenkins, Co-Director of the Comparative Media Studies Program and the Peter de Florez Professor of Humanities at MIT. The archive of Henry’s presentation will be made available on the ACRL website ( on April 16. More details are online at

In the meantime, check out the podcast, “A Conversation with Henry Jenkins,” online at In this podcast interview, Henry talks with College & Research Libraries News editor-in-chief David Free about presenting online, participatory culture, libraries, and rapper Soulja Boy as the poster boy for new media literacy.