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WEBINAR Oct. 19 | Librarians and APIs 101: overview and use cases

With Christina Harlow, Library Data Specialist; Jonathan Hartmann, Georgetown University Medical Center; Robert Phillips, University of Florida | Sept 05, 2017

Library Connect Webinar presenters on APIs: Christina Marie Harlow, Jonathan Hartmann, Robert V Phillips

Have you wondered how application programming interfaces (APIs) might facilitate your library work? 


Librarians are connecting researchers with APIs and using APIs themselves to plumb social media, parse library data and archive digital information. In this webinar, you will be introduced to API terminology and types, associated tools and how an API works. Presentations will include practical use cases: using an API to text mine a database for clinical applications and updating an institutional repository with APIs. The presenters will keep things friendly to those new to APIs and share their expertise answering your questions at the end of the webinar.


Librarians and APIs 101: overview and use cases

Thursday, October 19, 2017

11:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. North American EDT (16:00-17:15 BST, 17:00-18:15 CEST)





  • What is an API and what can it do?
  • APIs for librarians to explore: COUNTER, DPLA, Twitter, government
  • Getting access to APIs via expertise within your institution
  • Text mining in real time to enhance patient care
  • Updating the institutional repository via ScienceDirect and Crossref APIs
  • APIs, open access and compliance



Christina HarlowChristina Harlow, Library Data Specialist


Christina develops flexible data tools and workflows to better integrate and expose library collections and information. Her main interest currently is in the intelligent merging and linking of silos of metadata and other library data sources to create richer, interoperable discovery interfaces and dashboards for academic and research institutions. More ...


Jonathan HartmannJonathan Hartmann, Senior Clinical Informationist and Head of Data Management, Georgetown University Medical Center


Jonathan works with physicians at the Georgetown University Medical Center to improve patient outcomes by extracting information from the medical literature. He attends Internal Medicine and Pediatrics patient rounds daily and provides clinicians with relevant information at the point of care. More ...


Robert PhillipsRobert Phillips, Information Technology, University of Florida Libraries


Robert is the technical lead on using APIs to populate the UF institutional repository, helping to ensure compliance and provide access to materials. He collaborates with team members from IR@UF, digital scholarship, digital services, metadata services, assessment and the administration. A self-taught programmer, Robert holds numerous patents for a variety of computer innovations. More ...



Registration is required for this live webinar. It will be broadcast internationally and includes time to ask the presenters questions during the session. The webinar is a complimentary event and part of Elsevier's Library Connect program for academic, medical, corporate and government librarians.


Cannot attend on October 19? Register for the webinar and you will be notified when it can be viewed online after the event.




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