Presentations

Jackie Ammerman, January 18th, 2017 @09:30EST

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Publishing Bibliographic Records from Alma to the Library Link Network

Boston University Libraries have been working to develop a means of publishing their bibliographic records in linked data formats in order to make them widely accessible for discovery and re-use. In addition, BU Libraries are exploring the use of a variety of linked data sources to enrich their bibliographic records using linked data from authorized sources. In early 2016, BU Libraries joined the Libhub Initiative out of which has emerged the Library Link Network.

Working with Zepheira, the Libraries provided BibFrame training to library staff and publish their bib records from Alma to a web site that is regularly indexed by search engines such as Google and Bing. Jack Ammerman, Associate University Librarian for Digital Initiatives & Open Access, will share the Libraries’ experience in publishing their records from Alma, enhancing the records from authorized sources, and their early efforts to assess the impact of their efforts.


PRIMO New UI Hackathon/Virtual Conference, December 12th – December 16th

PRIMO New UI Hackathon/Virtual Conference

The new user interface for Ex Libris’ discovery product, Primo, is a direct result of a product enhancement request by customers in 2014-2015. The initiative represents one of the most productive product collaborations to date between the ELUNA/IGeLU User groups, the user community at large and the vendor ProQuest/Ex Libris.

In order to learn how to customize and develop in this new environment, Ex Libris and the ELUNA/IGeLU user groups are offering a week-long virtual conference from December 12-16 via Slack. Recorded video and live sessions (via YouTube Live) will be scheduled daily and dropped within the Slack platform for participant viewing. Participants can post questions/comments/code snippets to the #primodev Slack channel where developers from Ex Libris, the community at large, and Ex Libris support staff will be hanging out for the week.
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Joan Kolarik, November 10th, 2016 @ 16:00 IST

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Alma – Tableau Web Connector

The Tableau Web Data Connector (WDC) can read data from virtually any site that publishes data in JSON, XML, or HTML making it an ideal tool for accessing Ex Libris APIs, currently available with Alma and Primo. As a first step, we will demonstrate the
proof of this concept by showing how Tableau can import analytics data from an Alma API using a WDC customized for Alma access. We hope that Ex Libris will take over development of a Tableau WDC tool and make it available as one of their
product integrations.


IGeLU 2016 Developers Day, September 8th, 2016 @ 09:00 CET

IGeLU 2016 Developers Day

Developers day is run by developers for developers, working together on exciting and innovative topics around but not restricted to Ex Libris products. Developers Day is free to attend. Last year, we had a really strong community spirit on the day, a
wonderful feeling of learning from our peers and brilliant sessions from our presenters.


Stephen Meyer, August 1st, 2016 @ 11:00 EDT

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Enhancing Library Discovery with Linked Open Data

Steve Meyer will present on the work at UW-Madison to enhance the library catalog with info cards for the authors of bibliographic works. This presentation will demonstrate how Linked Data efforts by library vendors can connect the authority work in library
catalogs to data sets on the Web that are not traditionally curated by libraries. Using these data sets enables the library catalog to place bibliographic works in the broader context of their authors’ lives. The discussion will be technical in nature
and walk through the local implementation of the software at the heart of this data integration. The presentation will dive into the Ruby code that serves as a reference implementation for conducting a bibliographic data crawl of public SPARQL endpoints.
Through this overview we hope to foster a conversation about the challenges of working with Linked Data in a real-time web application context, specifically the speed and availability of Linked Data sets. We will assume that you are already familiar
with the core Linked Data principles/technologies (such as RDF, graph structures, SPARQL) and general web development methodologies.


Josh Weisman, June 22, 2016 @ 16:00 CET

Ex Libris REST API Thresholds

Josh Weisman, Development Director at Ex Libris will give an explanation of the REST API thresholds for Alma and Primo, their purpose, how they’re calculated, and tips for building apps which make prudent use of API calls.


Karsten Kryger Hansen, February 17, 2016 @ 16:00 CET

Enriching Primo records on the fly with WordPress

The structure of bibliographic metadata (neither in Aleph/Alma nor in Primo) does not comply well with adding temporary information about specific records, e.g. expected downtime or known errors. This is also the case with permanent information about
e.g. options for mobile access or instructions, if you do not put it in details or similar. For the last couple of years we have utilized WordPress to enrich records in the user interface of Primo. The solution allows us to target specific records with
e.g. tips for access on mobile device (e.g. using a “voucher”), broken access options, or notice about the need for registration to access certain Primo Central records from some repositories. The talk will include the following technologies: PHP, JavaScript,
jQuery. However, you will not need to know these to become familiar with the solution. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aJh-AjTaUlY    

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