Here’s an overview of how the process would work. On a recurring basis:
Except for the final review process, all steps must be completed without human intervention. Specifically, in Step 1, the data file must be created through a scheduled scripting process or database query, not by a manual extraction. This ensures consistency in the data and reduces the margin of error.
In addition to that requirement, the data file will need to be placed on a secure server for retrieval via SFTP or FTP-SSL. This server may be one hosted by your IT department, accessible to OhioNET (outside your network). This may require adjustments to your firewall or other network security tools. Alternatively, OhioNET provides an FTP server if a locally-hosted option is not desirable.
NOTE: When naming your files please use the following format (substituting your library name where it says LIBRARY)
Libraries interested in pursuing automated patron loads can contact email@example.com for more information.