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APIs Unify Library Services

Computers in Libraries [April 2014]

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Abstract: Most libraries today rely on many different software applications and content services to support their internal operations and their services to patrons. Smaller libraries may deal with a handfiil of these platforms, while larger ones tend to be involved with dozens or hundreds, often with overlapping spheres of functionality or data. Such a matrix of interrelated products and services brings considerable complexity as libraries manage each separately, while attempting to fit them into a coherent technology strategy. In dealing with these multiple and diverse services, libraries benefit from any technologies or mechanisms that can be used to make them work together effectively and to exploit their capabilities to meet local concerns. One of these mechanisms comes in the form of APIs. The increasing availability of APIs among the major applications used by libraries represents an important advancement in technology with many potential benefits.


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Publication Year:2014
Type of Material:Article
Language English
Published in: Computers in Libraries
Publication Info:Volume 34 Number 03
Issue:April 2014
Page(s):22-24
Publisher:Information Today
Place of Publication:Medford, NJ
Notes:Systems Librarian Column
Show FT:N
ISBN:1041-7915
Record Number:19374
Last Update:2014-06-17 13:27:11
Date Created:2014-05-29 07:14:42