And now, News and Books search results

Howdy! Just wanted to let you know about some exciting news from the Google AJAX Search API team. For those of you who aren't sure what that is, the AJAX Search API allows you to add Google search results to your web pages in interesting ways. Just after our June launch, the ALA's Library 2.0 blog featured a post on how it could be useful for libraries.

Yesterday, we launched two new cut-and-paste solutions that let you easily enhance your web pages. First, you can display news headlines with a Google News bar. You define what topics you're interested in, and it will display relevant and timely news headlines and snippets. Second, you can create a dynamic bookshelf with books covers that link to the online versions in Google Book Search.

You customize how you want these widgets to display, and we'll generate code for you to copy and paste into your web page. For those of you who don't maintain any sites, you might want to share this news with patrons, students, or others that you know who are running their own web pages or blogs. It's a relatively easy way for them to add dynamic content to their sites, and they'll learn a bit about AJAX and Google APIs along the way.

If you want more detail on this new feature, check out the AJAX Search API blog. There's also lots more general information on the AJAX Search API FAQ. If you've got any questions about implementing your code, the friendly folks (including a Google engineer) in the Developer Forum should be able to help you out.

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