Future Proof: Openness, APIs, and Open Frameworks
Library discovery is a centerpiece of the efforts of libraries to provide their students, researchers, and instructors with the material they need. But how customized to local needs should it be? What is the perfect fit and how important is it?
In this session we’ll look at how open systems, APIs, and new collaborative models can serve libraries of different sizes and capabilities. While some libraries have the capacity to invest into developing their own interfaces and features, others are far more restricted.
We will discuss examples including the implementation of an open source discovery system on top of a discovery API, and an open customization framework of a commercial discovery system. The session will look into the initial goals and reasons for the individual decisions as well as the challenges the implementers met on the way. We will seek to answer the question whether and how the result satisfied the initial goals, how much work was involved and touch on possible pitfalls but also the opportunities for different sized libraries.
We hope for contributions from the audience to add additional viewpoints from their projects and a discussion about why or why not they embarked on customization projects. What are the lessons learned for the future?
Kirsten Andrews, Solutions Architect, Ex Libris, a ProQuest Company
Jason Thomale, Resource Discovery Systems Librarian, University of North Texas
Jon Shaw, Director of Logistics and Access Services at the University of Pennsylvania
Wednesday, November 8, 2016
12:30 - 2:00pm
Embassy Suites Historic