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CatalogWS is a lightweight Web API to the NCSU Libraries\' catalog data. This locally developed infrastructure has enabled us to deploy several standalone catalog interfaces optimized for different use contexts. CatalogWS functions as a data source for MobiLIB, NCSU\'s catalog interface optimized for mobile devices. CatalogWS is also the basis for new staff authoring tools such as a book cover visualization tool for large screen displays, and an advanced faceted search interface for generating custom catalog item lists for blogs and webpages. In this presentation we will describe our motivation for this work, provide a brief technical overview of the API, and provide capsule overviews of select CatalogWS applications developed to date.