June 11, 2001— Innovative Interfaces, a leader in information technology for libraries, announced that development is underway to incorporate NISO Circulation Interchange Protocol (NCIP) messages into its Millennium Circulation and INN-Reach Direct Consortial Borrowing modules.
Following two years of development by a committee representing libraries and systems vendors, NISO has issued NCIP Z39.83 as a draft standard for trial use. NCIP will enable circulation systems to transmit standardized messages to other systems. Innovative Interfaces has actively participated in the development of this new standard, and will use NCIP messaging in its INN-Reach consortial systems. For more information about NCIP, visit www.niso.org.
INN-Reach is a Direct Consortial Borrowing system with which patrons can both initiate requests upon locating a desired item in the INN-Reach catalog and also borrow directly at another library within the consortium. NCIP messaging will allow non-Innovative systems to participate in INN-Reach using industry standard messages.
Innovative will also incorporate NCIP patron verification messaging in both its INN-Reach and local circulation modules. Using NCIP, patrons can be authenticated and authorized for services on other systems such as electronic databases and electronic book systems. INN-Reach will query local systems for patron authorization when items are requested or lent between disparate circulation systems.
According to Sandy Westall, Innovative's Vice President of Resource Sharing, "Innovative is committed to supporting industry standards. With NCIP, we are able to extend the availability of INN-Reach to more libraries. Any library working on any library system can be a part of an INN-Reach system. NCIP facilitates the ease with which messages can be transferred to and from different systems, which is a very positive development for libraries."