Google Book Search has created much interest since its appearance as Google Print back in 2004. Recently they released an API to enable the embedding of Google Book Search resources in to sites, not least library OPACs.
This month’s gang Oren Beit-Arie, Tim Spalding, Warwick Cathro, John Blyberg, and Carl Grant are joined by guest Google Product Manager, Frances Haugen who gives an interesting insight in to the thinking behind and application of the API. During the conversation Frances suggests that those who wish to offer comments about and suggestions for future API developments should contact her by mail - firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Gang also discuss how services such as Google Book Search, The Open Library, LibraryThing, and others may be indicators of how in the future library systems will increasingly use globally based services to handle resources traditionally held locally.
The conversation was made on Thursday 6th March using InterCall Europe audio conferencing and Skype. Recorded using Call Recorder for Skype, and edited on a Mac with Garageband - With a hat tip to Andrew Peterson for editing advice.
Richard Wallis Apr 8, 2008 12:00:00
Link to Posting: Library 2.0 Gang 04/08: Google Book Search API