Archive for the ‘G4Web Updates’ Category

GIST workflow demo video

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

Check out a workflow demo video for GIST to see how it’s used at SUNY Geneseo. In this example, you can follow the ILLiad process for purchasing requested items.


GIST ver. 1.0.1 – it’s getting better all the time

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009

GIST Version 1.0.1 has been loaded onto the Toolkit Wiki ( ). Bug fix for an Amazon API element.

There is a full install for libraries that have not begun the installation and an update version. For the update version, just unzip the file into your ILLiad web directory and overwrite the files there.

Andy, thanks again for finding the bug. Mark

Try GIST – it’s definitely out of the box

Wednesday, August 19th, 2009

Hello Everyone,

It’s time to share GIST, all is working for ILLiad 8 (and ILLiad 7.4 albeit without the customized client layouts).

The documentation and download are available at:

We encourage you to voluntarily register, so you can hear about any updates, etc.

We want to recognize the support of so many who have helped make GIST:

The GIST Project is partially funded by the Rochester Regional Library Council through the Regional Bibliographic Databases and Interlibrary Resource Sharing Program.

The staff at SUNY Geneseo Milne Library who have helped think through the process, various iterations, test, and provide feedback.

Staff at St. John Fisher Library who have helped beta test GIST.

Terry Reese (Oregon State University) and Kyle Banerjee (Orbis Cascade Alliance) for their programming help with WorldCat API

Atlas Systems for making ILLiad so darn flexible

Sherry Buchanan & Mike Flakus from Portland State University for making the Amazon Price Grabber

and so many more – thank you.

The GIST Team; Tim, Mark, Kate, and Cyril wish you a very fun time playing with GIST, but we want to hear your feedback and comments on our blog – thank you!

GIST Release August 19, 2009

Tuesday, August 18th, 2009

Hello Everyone,

Well, as a result of a significant change of the Amazon API (old Amazon API service ended as of 4pm yesterday), our team had to delay the release some 36 hours. So, thanks to Mark Sullivan’s hard work re-writing code, the new configuration file should be wrapped up and all ready for release tomorrow. That is quite a turnaround time given the change to Amazon’s API, it now requires a digital certificate, etc.

So, 24 hours from now, you too can enjoy, adapt, or customize like crazy some pretty cool GIST features. Thank you Mark for all your hard work reconfiguring GIST.

For GIST documentation, see:

Best wishes,

Feedback Needed: Desired Features for next Version of GIST

Monday, August 17th, 2009

As the first version of GIST is being released, we are beginning to plan for the next version, due out in August of 2010. What are the most desirable features of the next version? Here is a preliminary list of features we hope to work on in GIST 2.0:

  • ordering module (user sees allocation balances at point-of-request, etc.)
  • purchasing enhancements
  • statistical reports
  • cataloging features (ability to download MARC record, attach OCLC symbol, etc.)
  • gift management module for quick collection evaluation and donor acknowledgment
  • more vendor APIs
  • web interface for approvals and approval statuses

What else would you like to see in GIST 2.0? Give us your feedback!