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Ex Libris Establishes Connect Partner Program

Smart Libraries Newsletter [February 2018]

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Ex Libris has launched a new program that provides an official mechanism for third party organizations to integrate products with Alma and other products. This program enables other commercial or non-profit vendors to tap into the APIs exposed by its products to create services of mutual interest to external vendors, to Ex Libris, and to the libraries that might take advantage of these integrated solutions. This program formalizes arrangements that have previously been available informally. As the number of services and organizations involved in the ecosystem of Alma APIs expands, additional structures, legal agreements, and technical safeguards are needed to ensure consistent and reliable interoperability.

The Content Partner Program includes technical requirements such as the testing and certification of an integrated service and the validation of the security and data protection mechanisms used. Participating organizations will gain access to the Ex Libris Developer Network, including documentation and other technical resources, as well as access to other implementation and support information. Business arrangements would include reciprocal access to the products and data sources involved and mutual disclosures of product roadmaps to ensure ongoing alignment of functional and technical interoperability. Participants would also benefit from Ex Libris promoting the resulting integrated solution to its customers.

Beyond existing arrangements in place now, new vendors offering services based on integrated services with Alma or other Ex Libris products will be required to join the Connect Partner Program.

This program does not reflect a new strategy for integrating third-party products, but rather provides a more clear and formal framework. Ex Libris has a long history of using open standards and developing and exposing APIs for use by its customer libraries and with third party developers on behalf of its customers. The company makes over 150 APIs available and reports that more than fifty percent of Alma transactions take place via APIs relative to to those conducted via its user interfaces.

Libraries using Ex Libris products do not need to sign any additional agreements to make use of the APIs for their own use. It is expected that libraries will make use of the APIs for interoperability with campus authentication services, student information and financial systems, self-service kiosks, and other routine interactions. The standard software-as-a-service agreement includes library access to the APIs.

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Publication Year:2018
Type of Material:Article
Language English
Published in: Smart Libraries Newsletter
Publication Info:Volume 38 Number 02
Issue:February 2018
Page(s):3-4
Publisher:ALA TechSource
Place of Publication:Chicago, IL
Company: Ex Libris
ISSN:1541-8820
Record Number:23337
Last Update:2022-12-05 14:57:48
Date Created:2018-03-25 09:04:08
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