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Monday, May 8 • 3:10pm - 3:35pm
Pythonic Acquisitions: Automating and Updating Workflows with OCLC APIs

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Using OCLC web services and Google Sheets, Westfield State University streamlined large and tedious portions of the selection and acquisitions workflows. In this presentation, we will look at this development process from front to back. Exploring the WMS Acquisitions API and some of the Python-based tooling we built around it, we will discuss strategies for building effective tools on top of OCLC services and working with OCLC APIs in a flexible way. Additionally, we will look at the triumphs and tragedies of deploying these tools and integrating them with services such as Google Sheets, Redis Queues, and SendGrid for a more robust system. By the end, we will have a better understanding of how even solo-developer libraries can use OCLC APIs to take some of the hassle out of workflows.

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Charles Hill

Systems and Digital Services Librarian, Westfield State University
Charles Ed Hill joined Westfield State University in 2015 and maintains the library’s instance of WorldShare Management Services. He also develops against the WorldShare platform to automate the boring stuff. He holds a Master’s in Library Science from Indiana University. Most... Read More →

Monday May 8, 2017 3:10pm - 3:35pm EDT
Lakeside Room 6600 Kilgour Place, Dublin, Ohio, 43017