I don't think IFTTT is the right tool, but the basic idea is sound.

With a spot of custom scripting on some server somewhere, one could take in
an ISBN, lookup via the III WebPac, assess eligibility conditions, then
return yes or no.  Barcode Scanner on Android has the ability to do custom
search URLs, so if your yes/no script can accept URL params, then you should
be all set.  

Barring a script, just a lookup of the MARC record may be possible, and if
it was styled in a mobile-friendly manner, perhaps you could quickly glean
whether it's okay or not for copy cataloging.

Side question: is there connectivity in the stacks for doing this kind of
lookup?  I know in my library, that's not always the case.


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Webhooks via the WordPress channel?

Riley Childs
Charlotte United Christian Academy
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IT Services
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I don't think this is possible using IFTTT right now as existing channels
don't exist to create a recipe. I'm trying to think of what those channels
would be and can't quite...I don't think IFTTT is the best tool for this

What ILS are you using? Could you hook a barcode scanner up to a tablet and
scan, then check the MARC...nah, that's seeming almost as time consuming as
taking it to your desk (depending on how far your desk is).
I recall at an Evergreen hackfest that someone was tweaking the web
interface for an inventory type exercise, where it would show red or green
depending on some condition.


On 10/09/2014 11:52 AM, Harper, Cynthia wrote:
> Now that someone has mentioned IFTTT, I'm reading up on it and wonder if
it could make this task possible:
> One of my tasks is copy cataloging. I'm only authorized to do LC copy,
which involves opening the record (already downloaded in the acq process),
and checking to see that 490 doesn't exist (I can't handle series), and
looking for DLC in the 040 |a and |c.
> It's discouraging when I take 10 books back to my desk from the cataloging
shelf, and all 10 are not eligible for copy cataloging.
> SOOOO...  could I take my phone to the cataloging shelf, use IFTTT to scan
my ISBN, search in the III Webpac, look at the MARc record and tell me
whether it's LC copy?
> Empower the frontline workers! :)
> Cindy Harper
> Electronic Services and Serials Librarian Virginia Theological 
> Seminary
> 3737 Seminary Road
> Alexandria VA 22304
> 703-461-1794
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