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Thursday, March 19 • 10:30am - 11:30am
Leveraging Library Data through a RESTful API to Build a Homegrown Wayfinding and Digital Signage System

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As digital signage and wayfinding systems become ubiquitous in libraries, keeping information up-to-date and preventing duplication of work helps save time and money. Vendor platforms often have steep costs, and may not have libraries as their primary audience. Learn how to ingest local data from your Drupal or SQL database environment, as well as how to integrate third party APIs into your platform using the SLIM framework, which makes all your relevant data available in JSON format. Second, we will look at building a flexible, locally developed wayfinding and digital signage interface using open-source frameworks and putting your available data to work. The first iteration of our wayfinding includes Library Hours, Personnel Directory, Events and Weather. Learn about the challenges of in-house development, from the production cycle to the physical installation of the system. We will also explore the advantages of a homegrown system in its flexibility, and ability to extend functionality in a modular workflow.

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David Morck

Web Programmer, California State University, Northridge
David Morck is a web programmer at the Oviatt Library at California State University, Northridge. David is an open access and accessibility advocate, published poet, bass player and cat botherer.Drupal, HTML/CSS/JS, LAMP, SASS, Bootstrap, Marketing / Outreach, Digital Publishing... Read More →

Guillermo Flores

California State University, Northridge

Thursday March 19, 2020 10:30am - 11:30am CDT
Library Harmon Room