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LITA Technology and Industry Interest Group to meet at ALA Midwinter in Seattle

The LITA Technology and Industry Interest Group will meet at the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Seattle.

Date: Saturday January 26, 2013
Time: 4:30 – 5:30 PM Pacific Time
Place: Washington State Convention Center - TCC LL3

Agenda items:

  • Review of the Interest Group mission statement. The following draft created by Marshall as a starting point will be revised and expanded:

    The LITA Technology and Industry Interest Group seeks to bring together interested individuals from libraries and from organizations that develop technology products and services for libraries to facilitate collaboration. The Interest Group will address timely technology topics and methodologies with strategic interest for libraries and the community of vendors developing technology products. The current environment, for example, where the service oriented architecture prevails provides many opportunities to extend functionality, exchange data and services among diverse applications, and to create new services through the APIs exposed in these products. The interest group aims to educate the library community regarding current trends and technologies related to the potential benefits of working with APIs and other technologies. The Interest Group invites participation by a broad range of individuals and organizations that create technology products and services for libraries and those in libraries make use of them.

  • Continued work on the development of a white paper that describes how the current architectures today offer capabilities for extensibility and interoperability through APIs and how library programmers and other third parties can collaborate with system developers. This white paper aims to be a key educational document for broader audience of systems librarians, developers, and other interested individuals.
  • Finalization of program for the ALA Annual Conference:

    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. In a dynamic debate format, the moderator (Marshall Breeding?) 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.


    • Moderator: Marshall Breeding (Co-Chair LITA Industry Vendor IG)
    • Andrew Pace or Robin Murray (OCLC)
    • Talin Bingham (SirsiDynix)
    • Oren Beit-Arie (Ex Libris)
    • Jane Burke or Andrew Nagy (Serials Solutions)
    • Bill Schickling (Polaris)
    • John McCullough (Innovative Interfaces)
    • Brad LaJeunesse (Equinox Software)

Please come and join us for an interesting discussion of these topics.

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