Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Librarians and APIs 101 (Thurs, Oct. 19 webinar)

I'm always on the lookout for webinars and other online learning opportunities. Not too long ago I learned about Library Connect from BrightTALKThanks to them, I've attended talks from NIH Library, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Mendeley, UNC Chapel Hill and more. 

A session coming up in October might be of interest to you and other medical librarians. Librarians and APIs 101: overview and use cases will be presented by two librarians from Georgetown and U Florida. You can register here


"The webinar presenters will provide an overview of APIs (application programming interfaces - see definition below) and a broad look at various use cases within the library from updating library systems to conducting research or facilitating access for other researchers.

Specific use cases include using an API for text mining (clinical applications) and using APIs to update an institutional repository.

The webinar is meant for librarians who do not currently have a strong technical background, but who want to familiarize themselves with the technology and its applications. 

An API is a software intermediary that allows two applications to talk to each other. In other words, an API is the messenger that delivers your request to the provider that you’re requesting it from and then delivers the response back to you. -- Shana Pearlman, MuleSoft Blog"

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