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1 Sierra REST APIs – Real World Applications
Steve Schoen, Product Manager

2 Sierra REST API v1.0 (Bib & Item APIs)
GA on April 28, 2014 Provides RESTful access to Sierra Bib & Item data for integration with library and 3rd party software components Can be used to power Discovery layer of choice and other library systems

3 What libraries can do with Sierra REST APIs
Harvest catalog info to power discovery Replace WebPAC ‘scraping’ Receive more real-time Bib and Item availability results Create custom web site features that “mash up” Seirra data (e.g. recent titles) Create custom reporting apps Extend library systems with two-way access to Sierra data Place and manage holds Retrieve and update Patron records Endless possibilities v1.0 Later 2014

4 Use Case: Marmot Library Network
“Marmot installed Sierra 1.2 April 30, and fast-tracked the installation of the APIs. The Bib API is already in production on a new server running our latest VuFind 2014 code for a few school libraries. Later this month it will be live for two publics, one academic, and a few schools; then gradually roll out to other libraries. We had already been using Sierra DNA to make direct database calls to harvest catalog data into this open source discovery layer. At this point the "Bib API query by date updated" is handy to fetch changes in circ status every 15 minutes, so the Availability facet is pretty close to real-time, which is remarkable for a discovery layer.” Jimmy Thomas, Executive Director Marmot Library Network

5 APIs Open Sierra to New Library Applications
Discovery Solution Place a Hold Holds Service Bib & Item Services API Custom Library Reports Library Patron Interface Multiple Services Patron Service Sierra Multiple Services Fines Payment Service Campus or Library App Pay Your Fine

6 APIs for Publics: Better Service Models
Library Web site “What’s new” “What’s coming” Mobile App Integration Populate and update patron account info Place holds View and pay fines Custom staff reports and notifications

7 APIs Connecting Campus Computing
Campus Portal – library channel Populate with Patron data – course reserves, place holds, view fines, see messages Student Information System (SIS) Update Sierra patron data from SIS student records and HR data Update SIS, Bursar’s office with outstanding library fines and fees

8 APIs Connecting Campus Computing
Learning Management System (LMS) Populate with Patron info Present Course Reserves info Ability to place a hold

9 APIs Connecting Campus Computing
Custom staff reports and notifications End of term fines purge Library Web site New titles feed Mobile App Integration Populate and update patron account info View and pay fines

10 API Roadmap New API updates throughout 2014 and beyond
Transactional APIs Patron API Holds API Key circulation functions Many more to come

11 What do you want to accomplish with APIs?

12 Companion IUG API Session
Be sure to attend my other session Extending Sierra with REST APIs and Sierra DNA

13 Thank You! Thank You!

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