Provo, UT, March 13, 2002— epixtech, inc and The Library Corporation (TLC) have successfully implemented the industry's first NCIP (National Circulation Interchange Protocol) communication exchange between two different automation systems, leading the way to sharing circulation information between automation systems from different vendors worldwide.
Dr. Mark Wilson, TLC Chief Scientist, and John Bodfish, epixtech Technical Architect, members of Committee AT of NISO (National Information Standards Organization) tested the first NCIP communication exchange using open source toolkits. Wilson developed both TLC's “gencip” C++ toolkit and the test bed where the exchange occurred. Bodfish created epixtech's C++ and Java-based toolkit. The successful exchange of messages or “NCIP Services” proves that the toolkits interoperate and that other vendors can choose to use either toolkit based on their programming preferences.
According to Wilson: “This is a landmark event in the development and application of another great protocol in the library industry. We have the Z39.50 discovery protocol, the ISO ILL borrowing protocol, and now the NCIP circulation standard. NCIP supports message exchange in circulation and ILL transactions, self-service applications, direct consortial borrowing, and electronic resource access. TLC and epixtech are very proud to be a part of this great advancement in library technology.“
Bodfish commented: “Making this software available quickly will have a tremendous impact on the speed with which the library industry can implement the draft standard. The best use of a standard like NCIP is to make it available in practical applications.”
Committee AT began its work to develop a standard protocol for the exchange of circulation information in 1999. NCIP will undergo a year of implementation testing before it will be ready for general application in the library industry. With this protocol, patrons will no longer be restrained by the boundaries of differing automation platforms. Ultimately, the success of the new NCIP protocol will be determined by how quickly other automation vendors adopt this “open system” technology.
Also commenting, Committee AT Chair Patricia Stevens: “This exchange of message represents a real milestone in the development of this protocol as it demonstrates real interoperability among circulation system providers.”
NISO is a nonprofit association that develops and promotes technical standards used in many different information services. It is accredited by the American National Standards Institute. NISO's voting members and supporters include libraries, publishers, government agencies, and information-based businesses. The association has shaped international standards and developed standards for Information Retrieval (Z39.50), Information Interchange Format (Z39.2), and many others.
About The Library Corporation (TLC)
The Library Corporation, headquartered in Inwood, West Virginia, with regional offices in Denver and Singapore, was founded 26 years ago and has a singular mission: to enhance the library experience for librarians and their patrons.For further information, visit TLC online at: www.TLCdelivers.com.
epixtech is the leading provider of automation technologies, solutions, and services for libraries worldwide. epixtech empowers libraries and their patrons through their award-winning library automation systems, including Dynix and Horizon Sunrise as well as ConnectLib solutions for patron self-services, desktop management, interlibrary loan solutions, and its new Web-based training, iLearn. epixtech's Application Service Provider (ASP) has more installed sites than any other library automation vendor. epixtech, formerly Ameritech Library Services, became a private corporation in December 1999. epixtech's library automation services meet the needs of academic, research, public, corporate, consortia, and K-12 school libraries worldwide. Headquartered in Utah, epixtech has offices in Evanston, Illinois; Waterloo, Ontario; as well as in Australia, France, Ireland, the United Kingdom, New Zealand and Taiwan. epixtech, Inc. is located at 400 West 5050 North, Provo, Utah 84605; Telephone: 801-288-8020.