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More Library Mashups: Call for Contributors

 Library Mashups has been a huge success and has touched so many of you, and now it’s time to start thinking about the second edition! In 2014 Information Today Inc. will be publishing the second edition of Library Mashups entitled More Library Mashups. This edition will have new stories from some of the authors you have come to know from the first edition as well as some new examples. Continue Reading →

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Penguin Classics and dkimages APIs

Library Mashups fans might be interested in the latest APIs from Pearson:

  • Penguin Classics API includes works by Charles Dickens, Oscar Wilde, and the Brontë sisters – enabling developers to build new apps from the work of renowned authors
  • dkimages API makes the professional collection of over 90,000 images accessible for developers to search, browse and purchase for inclusion in apps

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Software You May Need to Master: If This Then That (IFTTT)

I was looking for a way to automatically post my Delicious bookmarks to my blog and my friend John LeMasney asked me if I had tried IFTTT yet. IFTTT is a site that lets you program automated actions on the web!

IFTTT is a service that lets you create powerful connections with one simple statement:

If this, then that.

We call ‘this’ the Trigger, and ‘that’ the Action. Together, it is a Recipe.

IFTTT is pronounced like “Lift” without the “L.”

I can see a lot of great systems librarian uses for this tool as well. You can set it up to notify you based on RSS feeds or calendars or so many other things.

For example, if your library uses Google Apps for email and docs you might want to set up a IFFT that notifies you whenever a Google App changes status (like when Gmail is down) before your librarians start calling you to complain.

The full list of channels will probably give you plenty of ideas on how to make your systems life easier.

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Open Source Issues and Trends at Internet Librarian 2012

At Internet Librarian, I gave a talk with Marshall Breeding about the Issues and Trends in Open Source. As systems librarians, it’s important that we keep up with any tech issues and trends that effect our libraries, and I of course feel that open source is one of the biggies right now.

That said, Marshall focused on the library numbers, trends and issues so I stayed a bit more general and covered topics from the business and government world. I’m of the opinion that sometimes we pay too much attention to what’s going on in our own little world and not enough to what’s going on around us, so hopefully the info I collected will be of help to some of you.

Here are my slides.

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Mashup Census Data

Combining my love of Genealogy with my interest in Mashups, this announcement is kind of cool.

The US Census Bureau has released its first-ever API to the public. The new US Census Bureau API allows “developers to design Web and mobile apps to explore or learn more about America’s changing population and economy”

Found via ProgrammableWeb.

Let me know if your library plans on using this new API to create something amazing for libraries!

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