PROVO, Utah – March 31, 2003 – Dynix, the world's leading provider of library information management systems, announced today that the Boston Library Consortium (BLC) has successfully launched the first NCIP-based interlibrary loan (ILL) program. The Virtual Catalog Project, which is supported in part by a grant from the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners and the Boston Library Consortium, uses the Dynix Universal Resource Sharing Application (URSA) to enable users to make loan requests among disparate ILS systems. Dynix is the first company to deploy an ILL solution that incorporates the newly adopted NISO Z39.83 Circulation Interchange Protocol (NCIP).
By integrating the NCIP standard into the URSA product, Dynix is revamping the entire workflow process for ILL requests and enabling libraries in the BLC to leverage the benefits of Direct Consortial Borrowing, a key tenant of the NCIP platform. Furthermore, NCIP allows current ILL products to abandon dated screen-scraping models, replacing them with a more robust standards-based approach that works with either text- or graphics-based user interfaces as library automation systems add support for NCIP.
“By being the first to incorporate Direct Consortial Borrowing into their ILL product, Dynix gives our members the tools they need to fully leverage the benefits of partnership with other BLC libraries, regardless of the ILS system being utilized,” said Barbara Preece, executive director of the BLC.
Today, manually processed ILL requests cost just under $30 per transaction, most of which is attributed to staff hours. By automating actions throughout the circulation system with NCIP, those costs are reduced nearly 75 percent, to less than $8. Similarly, under current ILL systems, it takes an average of two weeks for a book to be delivered to its desired location. Under the direct consortial borrowing model, that time can be reduced to as little as two days.
“Seamless interoperability between library management systems, which is only possible through the adoption of industry standards, is a key success factor in the growth of the consortium model and the effective sharing of resources,” said Jack Blount, Dynix president and CEO. “By using standards-based products like URSA, libraries can maximize the benefits of their technology investments.”
Recognizing the importance of industry standards, the Dynix Institute will offer a free Web seminar on March 19 at 12 noon (Eastern time) entitled, “Library Standards: Why Use and Support Them,” presented by library systems analyst and 2002 Library Journal Mover and Shaker, Shelley Neville. The presentation will address existing and emerging standards and help explain specific applications of standards in a library environment. Free and open to all members of the library community, participants may sign up for the seminar at www.DynixInstitute.com.
The NCIP standard, which is sponsored by the National Information Standards Organization (www.niso.org), supports message exchange in circulation and ILL transactions, self-service applications, direct consortial borrowing, and electronic resource access. A long-time advocate for standards in library automation, Dynix has played a key role in the development, testing, and passage of the NCIP standard and conducted the first successful NCIP exchange between two automation vendors in March 2002. Dynix will continue to add NCIP support to its product lines, including the Horizon Information Management System and Horizon Interlibrary Loan, a new product scheduled for release in the last half of 2003.
Celebrating its twentieth year of service to the library community, Dynix is the world's pioneer provider of library information management systems. As a committed advocate of the library community, Dynix serves academic, special, school, public, and consortium libraries in over 40 countries. With more than 100 professional librarians on staff and proven experience in software leadership, Dynix is focused on providing customers visionary technology solutions that support the latest industry standards and offer intuitive functionality. For complete corporate information and a guide to Dynix products and services, visit www.dynix.com.