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CODE4LIB  March 2015

CODE4LIB March 2015

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Re: Mayor of Libraries

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Kevin Ford <[log in to unmask]>

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Code for Libraries <[log in to unmask]>

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Fri, 27 Mar 2015 15:58:04 -0400

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Hi Rodney,

Who, or how, is the scheduling system being replaced? (Assuming it is 
changing.)

Do *you* need to replace the scheduling system (and that's would you 
would potentially have to write from scratch)?

OR

Is a scheduling system being procured that will obsolete the current 
system and you all have customized the current scheduling system to 
output this special information for you, as needed?

I ask because if you get to replace the scheduling software (and 
assuming it uses a relational db), you might be able to add a column to 
the user table or otherwise hack the system to add support for recording 
and determining seniority.  Then just build yourself a qiuck and dirty 
restful endpoint for the info you need that queries the db directly. 
The SQL should be pretty simple.

But, if there is a general transition to a different scheduling platform 
outside of your control, might you engage whomever is responsible for 
that system and see if you could, at the minimum, learn who is currently 
on duty.  Perhaps they give you an endpoint for that query.  Then, all 
you need is something on your end to record seniority.

Just a couple of hopefully helpful thoughts.

Yours,
Kevin


On 3/26/15 11:56 AM, Rodney Griffith wrote:
> I'm sharing a dilemma to the list in hopes of getting in touch with anyone has been in a similar situation (although I have looked high and low without finding one similar case for over two months). Our library requires that the Senior employee In Charge be updated on our Intranet based on an old relational database which contains staff schedules. So when John Smith is in the library, if he outranks Kate Stewart, his name is posted at the top of the page. However, when John Smith's shift is over and Jo Grant appears, she's outranked by Kate Stewart, whose name then replaces John's.
>
>
> That system has to be replaced, however. A few weeks back, I began likening the situation to the old, deprecated Foursquare: whoever is highest ranking when present is Mayor. Unfortunately, that was the old Foursquare, and no one left a recipe, how-to or breadcrumb trail behind.
>
>
> There are lots of in/out boards (like Tabzon) online, and a few js calendars, but I have found absolutely nothing that ranks seniority and automagically pushes the name of the senior officer somewhere.
>
>
> Worst-case scenario is that I'd have to write one from scratch, and I'm really more of a front-end person. But I'm posting here to see if anyone, anywhere has the same scenario and how they've dealt with it. I would honestly be surprised if there isn't an existing open-source solution for such a need--after all, all kinds of commercial enterprises, military situations etc. depend on seniority rankings.
>
>
> I should mention that the quickest, most logical and least labor-intensive method, "just post it manually as a status update", is out. Don't ask why.
>
>
> --
> Rodney Griffith
> Developer/Network Systems Administrator
> Euclid Public Library
> 631 East 222nd Street
> Euclid, Ohio 44123
> 216-261-5300 x602
> t: @rodneyegriffith<https://twitter.com/rodneyegriffith>
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