Creating Library Web Services: Mashups and APIs

I’m very excited to start this LITA online course next week.  I’ve never done anything with APIs, PHP, or really anything being offered in this course but I’m super excited to learn.  I haven’t been “in class” for almost 4 years now, so it will be good to get back to learning in the classroom!

Creating Library Web Services: Mashups and APIs (LITA) subject guides, Flickr library displays, YouTube library orientation; with mashups and APIs, it’s easier to bring pieces of the web together with library data. Learn what an API is and what it does, the components of web services, how to build a mashup, how to work with PHP, and how to create web services for your library. Participants should be comfortable with HTML markup and have an interest in learning about web scripting and programming.

This is a synchronous course with a daily lecture in iLinc in addition to course material and discussion through Moodle. Please note: daily lectures will be recorded and shared with participants in the course Moodle space and will be available for viewing for 90 days following the course.

Learning Outcomes
By the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Understand and apply the major terms of web services
  • Use simple web services like Yahoo Pipes to bring multiple sources of data together.
  • Build simple mashups with Javascript
  • Build simple mashups with Server-side scripts (PHP)

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