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Using Book Data Providers to Improve Services to Patrons

By Mike Beccaria

Abstract

At Paul Smith's College, I recently implemented a "New Books" display using open APIs and an image scroller. In this article I'll give a brief overview of Google Book Search, OpenLibrary and Worldcat, explain how I created this New Books Widget using book cover data, and provide readers with some practical and simple code to show how to collect this data. This article will be of interest to anyone who wants to read about a brief overview of current state of free book data service providers. Additionally, beginner programmers will likely find the examples at the end of the article helpful when getting started with projects of their own

Topics: Bibliography. Library science. Information resources, Z, DOAJ:Library and Information Science, DOAJ:Social Sciences, Information resources (General), ZA3040-5185
Publisher: Code4Lib
Year: 2009
OAI identifier: oai:doaj.org/article:299a0e38a15047129de6e653a66da03d
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