Chapter 9: Library Catalog Mashup: Using Blacklight to Expose Collections

Bess Sadler, Metadata Specialist for User Projects for the University of Virginia Library; Joseph Gilbert, Head of the Scholars’ Lab at the University of Virginia Library; and Matt Mitchell will discuss Blacklight, an open-source library catalog developed as a grass-roots effort to improve the user experience at the University of Virginia. Blacklight includes data from disparate library catalog focused services like OCLC Worldcat and Syndetic Solutions and also provides an extensible platform for including locally produced data and open API expose data (e.g., Open Library services), and in turn exposes its own data in easy to use APIs for inclusion in other mashups.