Chapter 3: Observations and Conclusions: API Hype and Reality

Marshall Breeding


This chapter of “Opening up Library Systems through Web Services and SOA: Hype or Reality” examines the general conclusions that can be drawn from the data developed in this report. The evidence gathered in this report reflects ongoing progress toward more openness in library automation systems, but also that much work remains. We see a variety of options and opportunities. Libraries that expect to work with their automation system as delivered and not become involved in local extensions or programming will find that the majority of systems were built for that kind of use. For libraries that want to do more with their automation systems, however, we see a great deal of functionality possible today through open interfaces, with momentum toward creating much more.

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