Call for Chapters: More Library Mashups

Library Mashups

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.

Last time I compiled a list of authors that I knew were doing some great things with mashups, but this time I’d like to open things up to all of you to submit your proposals. If you’re interested in participating and sharing your library’s story or your own personal favorite mashup please take the time to fill out the proposal form. To get ideas for what your proposal should look like please review the table of contents from the first edition.

Decisions will be made by April 1 and the form will close on the 1st of March. Chapters should be 3,000-5,000 words each and should be written in an informal and approachable manner. All chosen authors will receive chapter author credit and a free copy of the book. The deadline for chapter submission (if chosen) is August 15, 2013.

ProgrammableWeb Reports 49 Library APIs

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Today I found a report from ProgrammableWeb that they list 49 library specific APIs in their database!

Our API directory now includes 49 library APIs. The newest is the Home Theater Backdrops API. The most popular, in terms of mashups, is the LibraryThing API. We list 3 LibraryThing mashups.

How many of the 49 is your library using?

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

Learn more here and if you’re using these APIs at your library let me know so I can put you on my list of cool mashups for a future edition of the book!

Mashup Idea: Where are my friends?

Where my friends be on Facebook

Last week I went to San Francisco for work and then a bit of a break. I knew I had friends in SF, but couldn’t remember everyone. I touched base with a couple before heading out that way and set up plans, but once in the state got a message from another friend that I forgot lived there! There are many apps out there with location information, Tripit for example is what I use to track all of my travel. When I add a trip to Tripit it tells me who’s close … but it’s only using Tripit data and only my other trainer/presenter friends use Tripit. Facebook lets you enter your location but I don’t look through all my friends in one area before I go on a trip. There are also apps (like for Facebook that gather that info – but not all of my friends are on Facebook or add their location info (I don’t). My contacts in Google have a lot of location info, but not for everyone I know in libraryland.

So, what I’d like to see is a tool that told me the city I’m heading to is close to specific friends. A tool that I don’t have to register for and a tool that my friends don’t all have to be registered on. A tool that lets me pull in data from all of my networks and alerts me without forcing my friends to sign up or add info to some additional service. Does such a tool exist for the web or Android?

Library Mashups in Buffalo NY

There are still spots in my upcoming workshop on Mashups for Libraries at WNYLC in Buffalo, NY. If you’re interested in joining us don’t miss your chance to register. Information can be found on the official WNYLC site, but here are some specifics:

Date: Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Starts: 9:00:00 AM Ends: 12:00:00 PM
Location: WNYLRC Training Center
4455 Genesee St., PO Box 400, Buffalo, NY

I hope to see some of you there!

Win a copy of Library Mashups

Last week I was on the Library 2.0 Gang talking about mashups and and my upcoming book. There were some awesome mashup ideas talked about during the call. One that has stuck with me was a way to grab reading lists from all libraries in your area so you can see what books are best for your kid.

Another really awesome idea mentioned letting patrons geocode your library to create a map that patrons could use their cell phones to follow. Basically patrons go around the library and geocode different Dewey areas and then share it with the public. In the end anyone with a cell phone can use the GPS in it to find where books are in your library.

If you have an awesome mashup idea you can win a copy of Library Mashups! Just share your idea with the gang and we’ll vote.

Competition  This month’s show launches the Library 2.0 Gang Mashup Idea competition.  To enter you need to send in your idea for a library mashup.  It can be as simple or complex as you like.  The only restriction being that it must include library data or functionality somewhere within it.  The best three, as judged by Nicole Engard and myself, will each receive a copy of the Library Mashups book she has edited.  Closing date is August 31st, send your entries to

Library Mashups – Available for Pre-Order

That’s right!! My book is finally ready for you to order multiple copies :) hehe

Make sure you share this information with your local libraries and colleagues – there is a lot to learn in here about how to improve the services your library offers.

Library Mashups: Exploring New Ways to Deliver Library Data
Edited by Nicole C. Engard   ·   Foreword by Jenny Levine   ·   ISBN 978-1-57387-372-7

Library Mashups

As web users become more savvy and demanding, libraries are looking for new ways to allow patron participation and keep their websites dynamically and collaboratively up-to-date. Mashups—web applications that combine freely available data from various sources to create something new—can be one very powerful way to meet patrons’ expectations and provide exemplary web-based service.

In Library Mashups, Nicole C. Engard and 25 contributors from all over the world walk readers through definitions, summaries, and practical uses of mashups in libraries. Examples range from ways to allow those without programming skills to make simple website updates, to modifying the library OPAC, to using popular sites like Flickr, Yahoo!, LibraryThing, Google Maps, and Delicious to share and combine digital content. This essential guide is required reading for all libraries and librarians seeking a dynamic, interactive web presence.

To learn more, browse through the table of contents, links, and book news.