Re: [IUG] Patron information, Patron API, and Library Elf
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- Date: Tue, 05 Aug 2008 12:14:01 -0400
- From: Elizabeth Thomsen <et at noblenet dot org>
- Subject: Re: [IUG] Patron information, Patron API, and Library Elf
Library Elf doesn't require the Patron API -- it's screen-scraping. It
requires no set-up from the library system. When I first heard about
Library Elf, I was surprised to discover my own library system was
listed. No one consulted us, because no one needed to. A library
patron provides the Library Elf system with the login and password
information for one or more library accounts on various systems, and the
Library Elf system logs into those accounts on the patron's behalf,
gathers the information, and arranges it according to the patron's wishes.
It's a pretty great system from a user's perspective -- I like the fact
that it allows users to combine information about accounts on different
systems, and lets the user configure their own notice schedule and
method of delivery.
When Library Elf first came out, there were lots of concerns about
system security, patron privacy, etc., and I wish we could run this
software on our own server so we could control those things. Truth is,
though, we know a lot of our users (including many librarians) are very
happy using Library Elf, and we have nothing at all that can compare to
the flexibility and convenience of that system.
Wynn, Stephen wrote:
Does Library Elf require the Patron API product?
We are installing an open-source next-generation catalog, and would like
to offer "My account" features such as placing holds, and viewing
currently-charged books with due dates, etc. My best guess is that we
need Patron API to make these services available in the new catalog.
However, I know that Library Elf is able to access data from patron
accounts. Does it do this through Patron API, or is there another way
to access this information?
Head of Technical Services and Systems
Pickler Memorial Library
Truman State University
Kirksville, MO 63501
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