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ALA Annual Program: From the Black Box to Open Systems

Title:Connecting Libraries and Vendor Platforms: Have we advanced from the Black Box to Open Systems?
Time:Saturday, June 29, 2013 - 8:30am to 10:00am
Location:McCormick Place Convention Center S402a
Sponsor:LITA Technology and Industry Interest Group

Connecting Libraries and Vendor Platforms: Have we advanced from the Black Box to Open Systems?

"No technology product created for libraries can reasonably satisfy the needs of all libraries “out of the box.” Rather, products provide a basic core of functionality designed to serve the general needs of libraries, with configuration options to set operational and cosmetic details for individual implementations. Many libraries, however, need to implement new functionality not delivered with the base product. Libraries might be able to press the developers of the products, developed under either proprietary or open source licenses, to create enhancements to the core system to meet these needs. A more sustainable model involves the use of application programming interfaces (API)s that allow library programmers to write code to extend the capabilities of the product, to enable interoperability with other applications, or to extract and manipulate data. Most of the major library management and discovery applications offer APIs that open up data and functionality to libraries and to third party developers.

This session aims to reveal the extent to which libraries can expect to extend products through exercising the APIs provided with their key technology products. I a dynamic debate format, the moderator will explore this topic with the chief technology or strategy officers of the major library vendors and with one or more library technologists involved in projects that rely on APIs.

Panel Participants

  • Marshall Breeding, Library Technology Guides (Moderator)
  • Jane Burke, Serials Solutions / ProQuest, Vice President, Strategic Initiatives
  • Carmit Marcus, Director of Product Management, Ex Libris
  • Brad Jung, VP Product Management, Innovative Interfaces
  • Eric Graham, Lead Software Developer for 3rd Party Integration, Polaris Library Systems
  • Ranny Lacanienta, Director of Product Management, SirsiDynix
  • Robin Murray, OCLC Vice President, Global Product Management
  • Agenda:

    8:30–8:40:Introductions of panelists and moderator.
    8:40-9:00:(Marshall Breeding) Brief introduction to the topic to frame the panel discussion. Breeding will give a very brief definition of APIs and some of the relevant concepts, including service-oriented architecture. Other issues covered would include relying more on APIs than reprogramming application code to accomplish local customizations or functional needs; APIs to achieve interoperability among diverse systems in the library’s environment, the enterprise infrastructure of its parent organization, and with peers and business partners.
    9:00 – 9:345:Discussion based on questions from Moderator
    9:45 – 10:00:Questions from participants

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    Enabling Access, Engagement, and Efficiency

    The American Library Association conferences, both Annual and Midwinter continue to be important events for me as I strive to keep current with events and trends in the realm of library technologies. The exhibits bring together almost all the organizations that offer technology oriented products and services for libraries. For the last couple of years, I have covered the Annual Conference for American Libraries. The article only gives some of the highlights, reflecting some of the trends and new products I observed this year.

    Computers in Libraries March 2011

    Technology, as always, was on display at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago. Consistent with the strong attendance figures, activity in the exhibit hall seemed especially brisk this year. As the largest exhibition of library-oriented technology and content products worldwide, ALA Annual offers librarians a unique opportunity to review the latest offerings from nearly every significant vendor in North America. US libraries spend $450 million annually on technology products or services, so setting aside some time in the exhibit hall helps buyers make wise investment decisions. continue reading...

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