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Flexible API STandard for E-content NISO (FASTEN) Working Group

This NISO Working Group is modernizing library-vendor technical interoperability using RESTful Web service APIs and standard mobile application intent calls, using the Queens Library API Requirements as a proposed initial draft to establish community, vendor, and developer needs in transmitting library-related information related to serving licensed electronic content such as login/authentication, account information, availability, item status, item check-out, audio/video/online recording streaming, patron registration with vendor, etc. 

The Working Group will also create a foundation API tool set that the library industry can build on to fulfill an array of user and library needs, including quicker response times, flexible item discovery and delivery options, improved resource availability, more seamless integration of electronic and physical resources, plus better tracking and reporting, etc. 

Working Group Members:

Approved by the NISO Discovery to Delivery Topic Committee February 9, 2017 with subsequent changes later in 2017.

Christopher Carvey
Director of Interactive Customer Experience 
Queens Library

Josh Weisman
Development Director
Ex Libris, Inc.


Livia Bitner 
VP Product Management & Technical Services
Baker and Taylor

Michael Blackwell
St. Mary's County Library

Sam Brenizer
Director of Product Management
The Library Corporation (TLC)

Xan Charbonnet

Paul Dixon
Chief Technology Officer

Matthew Dovey
Programme Director

Christopher Evjy
Digital Project Manager
Denver Public Library

Stephen Grubb
E-services and Marketing Manager
Broward County Public Library

Nikos Houssos
Director of Product Management
RedLink, Inc.

Marc Keepper
Product Manager, API
EBSCO Information Services

Nassib Nassar
Senior Software Engineer and Product Manager
Index Data 


Jeremy Nelson
Metadata and Systems Librarian
Colorado College

Ivan Njunjic
Product Manager
Cengage Learning

Christine Peterson
Amigos eShelf(SM) Service Manager
Amigos Library Services

Jane Plass
Associate Executive Director
RAILS: Reaching Across Illinois Library System

Michael Porter
Electronic Resources Manager
Maricopa County Library District

Joe Schulkins
Systems Librarian
University of Liverpool

Chris Simmons
Coordinator of Web development
Ottawa Public Library

Rachel Vacek
Head of Design & Discovery
University of Michigan Library

Jan Waterhouse
Director of Technical Services and Library Systems
University at Albany

Kelvin Watson
Broward County Public Library