Fretwell-Downing Informatics (FDI) announced today that the Local Inter-lending and Document Delivery Administration System (LIDDAS) vision of the Australian Vice Chancellors' Committee is now a reality with the latest release of FDI's VDX (Virtual Document eXchange) software.
The LIDDAS project was undertaken by the Australian Vice Chancellors' Committee (AVCC), and encompassed the provision of an open systems platform that enabled interconnectivity between individual systems to facilitate resource sharing between the participating university, national, and state libraries. The VDX product was considered as a key component in the larger framework of "distributed resource sharing" strategies being developed by Australian university libraries.
In parallel projects the National Library of Australia and the National Library of New Zealand have both implemented National Interlending Utility Systems (Kinetica Document Delivery and Te Puna) based on the VDX product from FDI. The LIDDAS systems and the National library systems interoperate to provide a distributed resource-sharing infrastructure.
Overall benefits of VDX include 24x7 services for library clients and reduced administrative overheads. The Web user interface provides autonomy to information users and supports their requirement for speedy online discovery of documents with a single search, electronic requesting directly from libraries and suppliers, monitoring status of requests, and receiving desktop electronic document deliveries. Requests are sent directly, or via the National Library of Australia KDD VDX Payments Gateway, to supplying libraries and commercial suppliers in accordance with the institution's business model. Libraries elect to partially or fully automate the complex and time consuming administrative processes.
The system facilitates online management of an institution's inter-campus requests and services to external students. VDX also controls and manages user access to resources so that libraries meet their legal responsibilities and expenses are contained within budgets.
LIDDAS was a world-first in regards the online management of print and electronic information resource delivery. Great commitment and collaboration from the 18 LIDDAS member libraries, their staff, and FDI were integral to the success of this complex innovative project.
Barbara Paton, Deputy University Librarian at La Trobe University and Chair of the VDX Users Group for Australia and New Zealand, said that users require timely and convenient delivery of print and electronic resources to meet their needs in an increasingly complex information environment. “LIDDAS is an integral part of meeting that requirement, while at the same time it provides libraries with the necessary tool to manage effectively the interaction with both the users and the organizations supplying the documents.”
Fretwell-Downing Informatics, the contractor for the software, has played an important role in Australia, Europe, and North America over the past decade and as been a major partner in several European Commission projects, all aimed at developing library and information applications in an open systems environment. FDI operates from its headquarters in the UK with a US subsidiary, Fretwell-Downing Inc., in North America plus additional offices in Australia and Europe. Robin Murray, Managing Director of Fretwell-Downing Informatics said, "It is significant that the software platform developed through LIDDAS is rapidly becoming the market leader in the US, which is a tribute to the innovative spirit of university, national and state libraries in Australia and New Zealand."
About Fretwell-Downing Informatics
Fretwell-Downing Informatics (FDI) has a long history of supplying leading-edge information management solutions to over 200 organisations worldwide. FDI operates from its headquarters in the UK with a US subsidiary, Fretwell-Downing Inc., in North America plus additional offices in Australia and Europe. FDI's experience has resulted in a suite of welldesigned solutions including information portals, library management, resource sharing, document delivery and data publishing. The company's freedom by design philosophy is underpinned by a strong software development team and a commitment to interoperability and open standards – such as NISO Z39.50, Dublin Core. This enables FDI components to be built into a total solution or integrated alongside existing technologies.