Forum - API to submit bibliographic records into Alma


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    Universitetsbiblioteket i Bergen 47BIBSYS_UBB


    our vendor is setting up RTA, and we are experiencing trouble getting good enough bibliographic data into Alma.
    They’ve asked us to find the answer to this question:

    Is there an additional API to submit Bibliographic records into the alma database apart from what we see during the POL generation?


    Tami Fuches

    Yes – we have APIs for BIB records – see in .
    Specifically, see create BIB API:

    and update BIB API:

    In the RTA workflow that you mentioned above, I suggest to take the mms_id of the created/matched record, and update it using the update BIB API.


    • This reply was modified 2 months, 1 week ago by Ori Miller.
    Universitetsbiblioteket i Bergen 47BIBSYS_UBB

    Hi, thanks for the reply!

    As far as I can tell, if we give the vendor full read/write access to the BIBs API, they have full R/W access to our bibliographic database? Is this advisable?
    Is it possible to grant write access to only the “Update Bib Record”-API?


    Audun Skorstad

    Hi Tamar,

    As Ellen touches on, there are concerns when it comes to granting full RW access to the BIB API for a third party. This is particularly problematic for us as a consortium, where changes on a BIB in one IZ may affect the entire consortium via the shared NZ. It would be much preferable if the create po line api could either have support for a complete bib record or at the very least allow for a richer set of metadata being attached to the Order line record.

    We have created a SF case (00803547) in this regard.


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