IUG 2001 Conference Proceedings
Table of Contents
Writing Your Own Interface to the Patron API
Roger Harrison, CUS Fullerton
Roger had previously submitted a three-page document that was included in
the program binders. This handout was very well done with a great example
The Patron API module is a product purchased from Innovative that allows
the library to write computer code to allow verification of patron
validity. In CSU's situation, the library used the Patron API to allow
patrons into the ILL screens / forms.
Important tings to consider:
- Block all network access to all but certain addresses. In Roger's situation, access was blocked to all IP addresses except for his office computer and the server.
- Purchase a security certificate.
- Determine what fields in III you are going to authenticate against. Roger recommends using two fields of data.
- Determine how much on-line assistance / help that you are willing to provide.
- If there is an error during the authentication process, do not tell the user which piece of information caused the problem. Just say 'No Match'.
- If a user gets into your code without verification, be sure to send them to the sign-in page.
A session audience member mentioned that the Patron API can be used to
check for filtered or unfiltered computers as well as providing access to
Roger's session was well attended (standing room only), was well prepared
and presented in a manner that all could understand.
Dan W. Krupp, Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library