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Bridging the gaps: Python scripting around Alma's edges

Traill, Stacie (2017) Bridging the gaps: Python scripting around Alma's edges. In: ELUNA 2017 Annual Meeting, May 10-12, 2017, Schaumburg, Illinois.

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Abstract

Want to learn to code but not sure where to start? In the 2015 report “Coding for Librarians: Learning by Example," Andromeda Yelton advised “learning how to make one language do a few useful things." Case studies of librarians who learned to code for a specific need abound. But how to identify your own coding use case? In this presentation, I will discuss how I made the leap to writing useful scripts for everyday work through projects involving extraction, transformation, and import of Alma metadata. Familiar tools provided most pieces of the puzzle; coding helped "bridge the gaps" by reducing/eliminating manual work. I will describe 4 simple projects: parsing a file of vendor-supplied MARC records; creating item records from spreadsheet input; creating a list of course-assigned ebook titles and URLS; and evaluating OCLC reclamation project unresolved records. Participants will leave this session with ideas for how to start small and progressively expand their coding skills.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Other)
Event Title:ELUNA 2017 Annual Meeting
Subjects:Alma
Divisions:ELUNA Conference Proceedings
ID Code:1509
Deposited By: Al Cornish
Deposited On:24 May 2017 23:21
Last Modified:24 May 2017 23:21

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