Mashup News


The table of contents for More Library Mashups is ready and the authors working hard, but I am wondering if any of you mashup fans are planning on using the DPLA API at your library? Or maybe you’re just studying the API closely enough to be able to explain how it could be used in […]

Call for Chapters: More 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 […]

Kindred Words API

Is anyone using OCLC’s Kindred Works API? OCLC Research has developed an experimental service that provides a list of items similar to an item of interest. The prototype service uses various characteristics of a sample work, such as classification numbers, subject headings, and genre terms, to retrieve related resources from WorldCat. This approach is called […]

49 Library APIs on ProgrammableWeb

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.

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 […]

HarperCollins OpenBook API

I found this today on Mashery and thought I should share it with you all! HarperCollins Publishers, one of the world’s leading English-language publishers, has just recently announced its OpenBook API Beta. HarperCollins is a broad-based publisher with fortes in literary and commercial fiction, children’s books, cookbooks, business books, mystery, romance, reference, religious books — […]

Creating Mobile Mashups

Jason Clark, Library Mashups chapter author, shared a link to a series of articles about using HTML5 to create mobile mashups via his Google Buzz page. I thought that this series would be perfect to share with you all here. The following is the summary of the series: HTML 5 is a very hyped technology, […]

Delicious acquired by YouTube Founders

I wrote recently about the fact that Delicious might be discontinued by Yahoo!, but today I have good news! This from the Delicious blog: Today, we’re pleased to announce that Delicious has been acquired by the founders of YouTube, Chad Hurley and Steve Chen. As creators of the largest online video platform, they have firsthand […]


Just found out today from Jonathan Rochkind that TinyURL (the tool used to shorten urls for posting to sites like twitter) has an API that may be of use to your library. tinyurl is a simple one-purpose service. And it correspondingly has a delightfully simple “api”. If you ever want to automatically create tinyurls from […]

Yahoo! Discontinuing Delicious?

Some of you have probably heard that Delicious is possibly going to be turned off by Yahoo!. One of my favorite mashups examples is using Delicious to create ‘link rolls.’ In fact link rolls power the links pages on both this and my other book site. So the question now is what the heck do […]