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2020 Developers Day+

Pre-checks for internet and Alma connections

Monday, May 4, 2020 at 1:00 PM–2:00 PM Pacific Time (US & Canada)
Catalina Foyer
Presentation Topic Description

Stop by to confirm your wi-fi and Alma connections and get a special reward!

Presenters

Nathan Mealey, Wesleyan University
Ms. Margaret Briand Wolfe, Boston College
Mr. Jamen L. McGranahan, BA, MA, MS, Vanderbilt University
Brinna Pam Anan, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

Registration

Monday, May 4, 2020 at 1:30 PM–2:00 PM Pacific Time (US & Canada)
Catalina Foyer

Presenters

Advanced Development Workshop for Alma: Optimized Python for Working with Data and API's

Monday, May 4, 2020 at 2:00 PM–5:00 PM Pacific Time (US & Canada)
Emerald Bay
Presentation Topics

Alma

Presentation Topic Description

Thanks to Alma’s API’s, we can create custom applications, automate workflows, and perform batch operations not possible with Jobs and Sets. However, using the API’s on large amounts of data can be slow. In this workshop, we will explore tools and strategies available in Python that can make these tasks and applications more efficient. 

Through demonstration and hands-on practice, this workshop presents a workflow for retrieving and processing a large data set via the Alma API’s. After a brief review of working with REST-ful API’s in Python, we’ll see how asynchronous programming can improve performance when making hundreds or thousands of requests. And time permitting, we’ll look briefly at pandas, a highly performant library for working with data, which can streamline our data analysis and cleanup.

Pre-requisites:

  • Basic Python programming, including familiarity with the following:
    • Loops and iterables
    • Native data types, including integers, strings, dictionaries, and lists
    • User-defined functions
    • Error handling
  • Some familiarity with the Alma API’s
  • Basic understanding of HTTP requests

More info, including technology requirements, learning outcomes, and preparatory materials can be viewed at: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1JFs1u68kgXJznNIfqtWQJipzqvsoKaV2MAKgPgMS2R4/edit

Presenters

Dolsy Smith, The George Washington University

Afternoon Break (3:15-3:45pm)

Monday, May 4, 2020 at 2:00 PM–5:00 PM Pacific Time (US & Canada)
Catalina Foyer

Presenters

Alma Letter Customization Workshop

Monday, May 4, 2020 at 2:00 PM–5:00 PM Pacific Time (US & Canada)
Avalon
Presentation Topic Description

This workshop will focus on customizing the notifications sent to patrons via the ALMA Letters system. In this workshop, we'll start with an overview of the system, leading into a "hands on" demonstration of the various aspects and features of the tool. We'll provide real-life examples of customizations, ranging from simple (adding/removing fields) to complex (conditional cancellation and logic formulation), and give attendees the chance to suggest modifications/workflows that will be addressed in the group setting. This workshop is geared towards those who have recently migrated to ALMA, or for anyone ready to go in-depth with ALMA Letters. Attendees will leave the workshop with a suite of tailored and well-structured letters that can be used or adapted for their individual library, and the confidence to explore the possibilities provided by this tool.

Pre-requisites:

  • Basic HTML knowledge
  • Basic understanding of XML/XSLT

More info, including technology requirements, learning outcomes, and preparatory materials can be viewed at: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1kDVSG0VzMBXF1MLsgbEr6F3aQp4kyUrxxa3SO3OMvGs/edit

Presenters

Tao You, Vanderbilt University Libraries
Tim J Siegel, Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Libraries

Alma Webhooks and APIs in Node.js

Monday, May 4, 2020 at 2:00 PM–5:00 PM Pacific Time (US & Canada)
Santa Monica D
Presentation Topics

Alma

Presentation Topic Description

Alma webhooks are a powerful tool that can help you develop applications and patch workflows while saving on API calls. This workshop will cover the set-up of webhooks in Alma, and the creation of a Node.js server to catch incoming data. Using Alma APIs, we will then respond to the data and create an application to provide patrons with more information about the status of their account. In the process, we’ll cover Javascript in a server-side environment, look at the data returned by all seven Alma webhooks, and talk about how other institutions are using webhooks.

Pre-requisites:

  • Basic Javascript programming, including a functional understanding of the following:
    • Conditionals, loops, and iterables
    • Native data types, including integers, strings, arrays, and objects
    • Variable declaration
    • User-defined functions
  • Basic understanding of HTTP requests
  • Basic understanding of JSON

More info, including technology requirements, learning outcomes, and preparatory materials can be viewed at:  https://docs.google.com/document/d/12JJ6Lp_niob3afBHqSBHR5Axx_uArq8j2roCvU9iEAY/edit

Presenters

Liam Toohey

Building CloudApps on the Alma platform

Monday, May 4, 2020 at 2:00 PM–5:00 PM Pacific Time (US & Canada)
Santa Monica A
Presentation Topics

Alma

Presentation Topic Description

Introduction to the new method for building apps which run inside of Alma. CloudApps allow you to extend and add functionality to Alma to the benefit of your users and the community in general. In this workshop we’ll walk through building a CloudApp together- a great way to get a head-start on this important new way to develop on the Ex Libris platform!

Pre-requisites:

  • Experience with basic Javascript programming is helpful

More info, including technology requirements, learning outcomes, and preparatory materials can be viewed at: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1fWhEsRXVCAo1rDXOCYkTlsUfcw9nv0jSgHgEcyhnGz8/edit

Presenters

Josh Weisman, ExLibris

I Just Want the Book!

Monday, May 4, 2020 at 2:00 PM–5:00 PM Pacific Time (US & Canada)
Santa Monica C
Presentation Topics

Primo

Presentation Topic Description

Leverage OpenURL to quickly determine if you own a title and provide relevant GES with good metadata  if you do not.

Pre-requisites:

  • Familiarity with javascript,  openURL and Alma’s General Electronic Services.

More info, including technology requirements, learning outcomes, and preparatory materials can be viewed at:  https://docs.google.com/document/d/1h9wg-D6yYyJENRR0wP-zMcETow7gAL2t3CVKrGUunRQ/edit

Presenters

Primo Developers Clinic

Monday, May 4, 2020 at 2:00 PM–5:00 PM Pacific Time (US & Canada)
Santa Monica B
Presentation Topic Description

Work in small groups on all the steps you need to get started with Primo development, starting with installing a Primo development environment, and using community-contributed code to add additional features to Primo.

Pre-requisites:

  • Familiarity with file systems and some basic command line skills

More info, including technology requirements, learning outcomes, and preparatory materials can be viewed at: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1jiWxoAafrHVOvn6AaJfUBXoRBSHLYqtyetaFGEpCEAM/edit

Presenters

Margaret Heller, Loyola University Chicago

Breakfast

Tuesday, May 5, 2020 at 8:00 AM–9:00 AM Pacific Time (US & Canada)
Emerald Bay

Presenters

Registration

Tuesday, May 5, 2020 at 8:00 AM–9:00 AM Pacific Time (US & Canada)
Catalina Foyer

Presenters

Welcome

Tuesday, May 5, 2020 at 9:00 AM–9:10 AM Pacific Time (US & Canada)
Avalon

Presenters

Accessing Alma User API Data to Populate a Webform to Create a New ILLiad User Account

Tuesday, May 5, 2020 at 9:10 AM–9:30 AM Pacific Time (US & Canada)
Avalon
Presentation Topics

General development, coding, & APIs

Presentation Topic Description

After many years of a locally-created Active Server Pages (ASP) solution to authenticate and create new ILLiad users from our Alma user database, we needed to upgrade our server and ILLiad version and therefore needed to create new code to pull Alma user data and authenticate users. This presentation will cover the format of the Alma user data, how to work with it through the Alma User API and PHP, how we authenticated users through EZProxy, how we parsed the user data to fill a new user registration form for ILLiad, and how we added checks against the current Alma user account status before creating a new ILLiad account.

Presenters

Christina Hennessey, California State University, Northridge

Add Alma users to Illiad via ILLiad Web Platform API

Tuesday, May 5, 2020 at 9:30 AM–9:40 AM Pacific Time (US & Canada)
Avalon
Presentation Topics

General development, coding, & APIs

Presentation Topic Description

Prior to making a request in Illiad, a patron must be added as an Illiad user.
One way to do this is via Illiad's Web Platform API.

All users in ALMA IZ can be added to Illiad on initial pass.
A scheduled job will add subsequent new users.

Presenters

Gloria G. Sena, Washington Research Library Consortium

Using Alma APIs to Improved Resource Sharing Management

Tuesday, May 5, 2020 at 9:40 AM–10:00 AM Pacific Time (US & Canada)
Avalon
Presentation Topics
Alma
General development, coding, & APIs
Presentation Topic Description

The Dartmouth College Library migrated to Alma and PrimoVE in 2019. We utilize ILLiad and OCLC/Relais (BorrowDirect) for Resource Sharing. We had tracked all RS Lending in our previous ILS and wished to continue this practice in Alma. The default Alma NCIP implementation did not meet our needs as it did not record the information about the institution we were loaning the item to. We have deployed an NCIP proxy to implement or augmment various requests including CheckOutItem using Alma APIs that allows us to track all of our loans to specific institutions, and thus we can manage all of our lending activity in one place.

This would be an adaptation and update of my ENUG 2019 presentation.

Presenters

Eric Bivona, Dartmouth College

Less is More: Improving ILL Request Data Sent From Primo

Tuesday, May 5, 2020 at 10:00 AM–10:10 AM Pacific Time (US & Canada)
Avalon
Presentation Topics

Primo

Presentation Topic Description

Due to a university staff buyout, the Hesburgh Libraries lost almost all of our ILL borrowing unit, and have been looking for ways to streamline ILL borrowing and make requests easier to process. This presentation will discuss the changes we've made in Primo to improve request data in ILLiad.

Presenters

Ms. Lauren Ajamie, University of Notre Dame Hesburgh Libraries

Resource Sharing Q&A

Tuesday, May 5, 2020 at 10:10 AM–10:25 AM Pacific Time (US & Canada)
Avalon

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Morning Break

Tuesday, May 5, 2020 at 10:25 AM–10:45 AM Pacific Time (US & Canada)
Avalon

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Introduction to Developing Cloud Apps

Tuesday, May 5, 2020 at 10:45 AM–11:15 AM Pacific Time (US & Canada)
Avalon
Presentation Topics

Primo

Presentation Topic Description

Meet Cloud Apps, the new way to extend the functionality of Alma and other products by writing apps which run on Ex Libris platform. In this session we’ll provide a brief overview of the technology and point you in the right direction to get started with your own great idea.

Presenters

Josh Weisman, ExLibris

Using APIs to Increase Efficiency in a Remote Storage Facility

Tuesday, May 5, 2020 at 11:15 AM–11:35 AM Pacific Time (US & Canada)
Avalon
Presentation Topics
Alma
General development, coding, & APIs
Presentation Topic Description

Staff at the Washington Research Library Consortium have developed applications to facilitate working with the records for materials in each library's Alma Institution Zone. These applications can be especially beneficial for library staff and student assistants who do not need full resource management privileges to perform a discrete task. Recently completed apps have improved Alma workflows for the consortium's shared collections facility (SCF), leading to significant improvement in efficiency and cost control. 

Almagic is a suite of web utilities developed by Aaron Krebeck and built on the open source Grima library created by Katherine Lybarger at the University of Kentucky. Once logged in, Almagic allows you to create or edit a large number of fields in the bibliographic, holding, and item records without using the Ex Libris interface and user roles. WRLC staff are using Almagic to check the location of materials in the SCF, accession new materials into the SCF collection, add item notes and other free text fields, and a variety of other tasks.

Presenters

Aaron Ross Krebeck, Washington Research Library Consortium
Tammy Hennig, Washington Research Library Consortium
Joel Shields, Washington Research Library Consortium

Connecting Drupal and Alma

Tuesday, May 5, 2020 at 11:35 AM–11:55 AM Pacific Time (US & Canada)
Avalon
Presentation Topics

General development, coding, & APIs

Presentation Topic Description

The Library at California State University San Marcos has implemented several online services that utilize the Alma API. These include real-time fee payments, a personalized dashboard, and a circulation app for providing access to distributed collections. This session will focus on the development of a Drupal 8 module that integrates the Alma API. This module provides our users with their library account information, a customized list of course reading lists, recommendations, and a Cashnet payment form within a Drupal website. Presenters will provide highlights of the development process, the front end interface, and possible new features.

Presenters

Ian Chan, California State University San Marcos
Khuong Vu, California State University San Marcos

"Serverless" Services for Libraries

Tuesday, May 5, 2020 at 11:55 AM–12:05 PM Pacific Time (US & Canada)
Avalon
Presentation Topics
Analytics (all products)
General development, coding, & APIs
Presentation Topic Description

This presentation will explore the use of Alma APIs and so-called "serverless" cloud solutions to support library admistrative processes and information discoverability.  Service offerings by Google, Amazon, Microsoft, and other tech vendors can be used with Alma data to create efficient, scalable tools capable of driving library businesss functions and processes.  By using serverless cloud solutions IT staff can spend less time on system administration while delivering to library staff digital tools they can use to increase the automation, accuracy, and interoperability of the services they provide. 

Presenters

Jarrod Bogucki, University of Wisconsin Law School

Virtual Browse with Alma using OAI-PMH and Solr

Tuesday, May 5, 2020 at 12:05 PM–12:25 PM Pacific Time (US & Canada)
Avalon
Presentation Topics
Alma
General development, coding, & APIs
Presentation Topic Description

I will describe a virtual browse system being developed at Northeastern University. Data is pulled from our Alma catalog via OAI-PMH and indexed in Solr. Users will be able to browse LC call number ranges, or choose any call number to use as a starting point.

Presenters

Greg McClellan, Northeastern University

Extending Alma Q&A

Tuesday, May 5, 2020 at 12:25 PM–12:40 PM Pacific Time (US & Canada)
Avalon

Presenters

Lunch

Tuesday, May 5, 2020 at 12:40 PM–1:40 PM Pacific Time (US & Canada)
Avalon

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Making Primo Search Engine Friendly

Tuesday, May 5, 2020 at 1:40 PM–2:00 PM Pacific Time (US & Canada)
Avalon
Presentation Topics

Primo

Presentation Topic Description

Learn about the steps and best practices we applied to make Primo search engine-friendly for Google crawlers.

Presenters

Nili Natan, Ex Libris

More is More: Using Tag Manager to Gather Usage Details in the Primo New UI

Tuesday, May 5, 2020 at 2:00 PM–2:10 PM Pacific Time (US & Canada)
Avalon
Presentation Topics

Primo

Presentation Topic Description

Primo Analytics cover many of the questions I have about how features are used, but I always have more questions. This presentation will cover how we've used Google Analytics Tag Manager to gather specific data not included in Primo Analytics.

Presenters

Ms. Lauren Ajamie, University of Notre Dame Hesburgh Libraries

Is it fast enough? Tracking Primo Performance using an Embedded User Feedback Widget

Tuesday, May 5, 2020 at 2:10 PM–2:30 PM Pacific Time (US & Canada)
Avalon
Presentation Topics
Primo
General development, coding, & APIs
Presentation Topic Description

In order to collect information about user perceptions regarding Primo load time, I developed a javascript widget to embed into the Primo interface that allows users to report whether or not they felt the Primo results page loaded fast enough. This presentation will discuss how I developed the widget using the custom.js and custom1.css files that are loaded into the Manage Customization Package in Alma, and will share the various reports and features that are a part of the data collection website I developed to collect user reported information using URL parameters. This presentation will also show how I identified specific Primo time variables to collect, and demonstrate to the audience how they can select their own variables to collect for their own reporting purposes.

Presenters

Bill Jones, SUNY Geneseo

Primo Troubleshooting: Customize Delivery Tab to Fix a Chrome Bug

Tuesday, May 5, 2020 at 2:30 PM–2:50 PM Pacific Time (US & Canada)
Avalon
Presentation Topics
Alma
Primo
Presentation Topic Description

Troubleshooting Primo issues is tricky because a problem can rise from several sources such as Alma, Primo configurations, or the web browser itself. And even if the source of the problem has been isolated, sometimes the problem is too complicate that you will need help from colleagues or a good tool. Either you are new to Primo troubleshooting or want to learn a few tips on CSS and web development, then this session might be especially helpful for you.

This presentation describes a case study of Primo troubleshooting for fixing errors of a resource request from in the GetIt tab due to a bug introduced with late version of Google Chrome browser. In particular, the presentation will cover these topics:

  • How to identify source of the problem with Chrome Developer Tool
  • How to define and customize the look-and-feel of Primo GetIt and ViewIt tabs in Alma
  • The CSS code for discovery tabs customization
  • How to describe the problem and ask for advices from colleagues in large

At the end of this session, participants will be able to track down the source of the problem using Chrome Developer Tool, customize Primo discovery tabs in Alma with CSS, and learn the procedure of Web troubleshooting.

Presenters

Hui Zhang, Oregon State University Libraries

Exposing Webhooks for Searching External Indexes

Tuesday, May 5, 2020 at 2:50 PM–3:10 PM Pacific Time (US & Canada)
Avalon
Presentation Topics
Alma
Primo
Presentation Topic Description

Learn how to enhance and enrich Primo, using the Search Webhook, to offer patrons the ability to search external search indexes and retrieve results from within the library's Primo user interface. 

Presenters

Nili Natan, Ex Libris
Mr Mehmet Celik, KULeuven/LIBIS

Primo Functional Enhancements Q&A

Tuesday, May 5, 2020 at 3:10 PM–3:25 PM Pacific Time (US & Canada)
Avalon

Presenters

Afternoon Break

Tuesday, May 5, 2020 at 3:25 PM–3:45 PM Pacific Time (US & Canada)
Avalon

Presenters

Transforming SIS Patron Data Extracts into Alma Compliant XML using Python

Tuesday, May 5, 2020 at 3:45 PM–4:05 PM Pacific Time (US & Canada)
Avalon
Presentation Topics
Alma
General development, coding, & APIs
Presentation Topic Description

Sometimes, patron data extracts from Student Information Systems won't directly work with the Alma patron data load process and they need a little help. This presentation will go over the Alma patron XML data structure and how I developed Python scripts to create Alma compliant XML with patron data extracts delivered in .plif, .xml, and .csv file types. During this presentation, I will also share the scripts that I developed and demonstrate how to run them in order to produce .zip files for upload to Alma.

Presenters

Bill Jones, SUNY Geneseo

Getting Configurations Out of the Sandbox Before Refresh

Tuesday, May 5, 2020 at 4:05 PM–4:15 PM Pacific Time (US & Canada)
Avalon
Presentation Topics

Alma

Presentation Topic Description

With the new sandbox refresh policy Ex Libris refreshes our premium sandboxes twice a year with prod data, whether we want it or not!   Getting configurations out of the sandbox is a challenge, because they’re all in different places and can’t be retrieved all at once in batch.

This presentation will introduce various methods we used at Tufts to get these configurations out, including scripting against the API using several Python libraries to make this job easier. 

Unfortunately you can’t ingest these configurations back into the sandbox.  While these methods capture the existing configuration with various degrees of manual interaction, I’ll promote the idea of Ex Libris making exporting and importing configurations in batch more seamless.

Presenters

Henry Steele, Tufts University

Selenium: Where there is No API

Tuesday, May 5, 2020 at 4:15 PM–4:25 PM Pacific Time (US & Canada)
Avalon
Presentation Topics
Alma
General development, coding, & APIs
Presentation Topic Description

There are some tables in Alma and other applications where you need to retrieve or post data on a website that isn’t easily accessed except through the web interface.  I.e. there’s no API and the form isn’t nicely presented in a table you can pull  with web scraping tools.  

This session will talk about how to use the Python implementation of Selenium for this purpose, and several different applications where this could be useful.

Presenters

Henry Steele, Tufts University

Alma Workflows Q&A

Tuesday, May 5, 2020 at 4:25 PM–4:40 PM Pacific Time (US & Canada)
Avalon

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Wrap-up

Tuesday, May 5, 2020 at 4:40 PM–4:50 PM Pacific Time (US & Canada)
Avalon

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