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More Library Mashups: Exploring New Ways to Deliver Library Data

by Nicole C. Engard

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Parts of this book were very interesting, but many chapters felt dry. IFTTT was probably the most compelling part of this book. A useful reference tool, though even now it feels out of date.
  rosylibrarian | Apr 4, 2017 |
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Interesting collection of ideas. I found one needs more of a tech background than the publicity describes, so I did not find the book as helpful as hoped. ( )
  jwk | Jan 17, 2017 |
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In this followup to her 2009 book, Nicole Engard brings together a fresh collection of mashup projects that libraries can customize and build upon. I this book 24 creative library professionals describe how they’re mashing UP, free and inexpensive digital tools and technique to improve library services and meet everyday challenges. The book balances technical developer grade projects, such as ones requiring Ruby on Rails or PHP, to ones that any library can do, such as using IFTTT or Google Drive. All the projects are well documented on the steps to take to duplicate these projects, as well as in some cases authors frequently providing their own code.

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  zzshupinga | Sep 25, 2016 |
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More Library Mashups continues the idea first started in Library Mashups: providing librarians ideas on combining some library data they have with free web services to provide something seemingly new. This volume offers over twenty recipes for further enhancing library data. Those new to mashups may want to start with the first book, as this one assumes a greater familiarity with the concept. There's a little something for everyone -- there are some very theoretical chapters, and there are some chapters filled with code snippets. Few of the chapters will walk you step-by-step through the process the originating library went through; instead, the aim is to give a broader view so that the features discussed may be more widely used.

I was grimly pleased to note two chapters did point out the "danger" of using free web services for mashups or services, as they could become pay-to-use at any time, or they could disappear completely without any warning (goodbye, Google Reader). I'm not anti-mashup -- I've created a number of projects, like timelines and Google maps -- but there's a big risk when, after spending a lot of time fiddling with APIs and learning specific programming languages, suddenly something breaks.

Librarians who have at least experimented with programming should enjoy this book. But I'd be a bit cautious about loaning a copy to a librarian who, without any experience, wants to jump in and try something -- there's just a little too much in this book to overwhelm a newbie.

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1 vote legallypuzzled | Mar 12, 2015 |
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An interesting collection of essays covering various widgets, tools, and other technological goodies. Not every chapter will be relevant. Not every chapter will be 100% understandable. However, together, the chapters make an interesting case for librarians to learn more and do more with coding, APIs, widgets, etc.

**This was an advanced reader copy won through the LibraryThing Early Reviewers program.** ( )
  lesmel | Mar 12, 2015 |
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Whenever I give a talk about mashups, I like to start with a picture of s'mores.
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