Flexible API STandard for E-content NISO (FASTEN)

Public Comment Period Was October 31-December 8, 2019 [Extended]

The FASTEN Recommended Practice Public Comment period has ended. You may access the draft document and view the comments received, which will be considered by the Working Group prior to final publication. 

General Description

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. 

Co-chairs Chris Carvey and Josh Weisman participated on the December 11, 2017 NISO Open Teleconference to speak about the FASTEN work. You can access a recording of the teleconference.


Committee Roster



Jeremy Nelson

Infrastructure Software Engineer, Digital Library Systems and Services
Stanford University Libraries

Jane Plass

Associate Executive Director
RAILS: Reaching Across Illinois Library System

Jan Waterhouse

Director of Technical Services & Library Systems
University at Albany