A REST API for Library Data

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Poster presented at the 2014 International Conference on Dublin Core and Metadata Applications. This poster discusses a library catalog REST API framework.

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Thomale, Jason & Hicks, William October 2014.


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Poster presented at the 2014 International Conference on Dublin Core and Metadata Applications. This poster discusses a library catalog REST API framework.

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Abstract: Many library catalogs and systems remain isolated in 2014. Although we have made significant strides over the past decade to open our metadata, many individual libraries rely heavily on the ILS vendors to implement open protocols, standards, and APIs. At the UNT Libraries, we have been developing a REST API framework for exposing our catalog and ILS metadata, taking our first steps toward breaking away from this limited paternalistic model. Catalog resources that we've modeled so far include bibliographic records (modified from MARC), item-level records, branch location records, item type records, and item status records. We are also working on resources that support a shelf-list browser application, which mix user-supplied data with item and bibliographic metadata and demonstrate a real-world use for the API. But, our framework is not merely an API for our particular ILS. Rather, we are developing a toolset to allow us to extract and re-model our ILS data -- to use data derived from our ILS but not necessarily to adhere toILS data models -- and expose the data as RESTful, linked resources. Although our initial efforts have focused on modeling resources that do closely align with ILS entities, future development will include extended models for work- and identity-related resources and possibly extending our APIs to expose linked data (using, e.g., JSON-LD). Best practices in this area, exposing ILS metadata as RESTful resources, are hard to come by. Given the mixture of metadata practitioners, systems- and web-oriented individuals that the DCMI conferences attract, we hope that presenting a poster about the project in the Best Practices track might allow us to connect with new dialog partners. Ultimately, we believe an exchange of information about our project so far would be valuable to us and to others in the DCMI community.


  • International Conference on Dublin Core and Metadata Applications, October 8-11, 2014. Austin, TX, United States


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Thomale, Jason & Hicks, William. A REST API for Library Data, poster, October 2014; (https://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc406332/: accessed June 13, 2024), University of North Texas Libraries, UNT Digital Library, https://digital.library.unt.edu; .

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