Using APIs and Postman to Automate Technical Services Tasks
APIs are a powerful tool for creating new workflows and automating repetitive tasks in technical services. For librarians who are not programmers, using an API is not a straightforward project. This presentation will describe how Postman, an API platform with a user-friendly interface, can be used to interact with API requests, and will walk attendees through how to set up to send multiple, chained requests and how to use a CSV file to perform bulk processing. Examples will include working with electronic inventory and ExLibris’ Alma APIs.
Tamara PilkoElectronic Resources Librarian, University of California Santa Cruz
Tamara Pilko is the Electronic Resources Librarian at the University of California, Santa Cruz, which she does remotely from the foothills of the Wasatch in Salt Lake City. Tamara previously worked at a corporate library where she similarly managed e-resources and worked on streamlining metadata workflows. When done bending metadata to her will, she enjoys hiking and skiing in the mountains or traveling and exploring.