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Libraries Hacked: UK Library API, Data And Technology Hacks

I stumbled across a pretty cool site, dedicated to educating, and providing librarians with the tools they need to hack--of course with an emphasis on APIs. Libraries Hacked mission is "analyzing and promoting open source technology hacks and projects in libraries", and providing a wealth of resources for institutions along the way:

APIs - open systems online to integrate into your hacks
source code - open-source apps, and projects to explore and enhance
data - links around the web to download reports and stats in various formats (pdf, excel...)
hack events - past and future events to get involved in and get inspiration from
articles - articles on relevant subjects to the site, with guest contributions
tutorials - how-to guides and reviews of software tools and apps to use when hacking

In the API section, they provide a nice introduction to what is an API, and why you would use an API, including nine library focused APIs:

Libraries Hacked is available as a Github, so any librarian, can fork, and launch for their own purposes, with everything licensed CC-BY. I think that librarians hold the key to our future, and ensuring librarians have the latest resources they need when it comes to APIs, open data, and open source software is critical to all of this working.

Sites like Libraries Hacked, not only save me a lot of time in researching priority areas like libraries, but also make me hopeful for the future, in a world where I’m bombarded by warning signs around how technology is used, and knowing that librarians are getting equipped, makes me feel a lot better for all us.

P.S. I also love it when people use icons. I think I have an icon problem.