Bethesda, Md., USA - (May 28, 2002) NISO, the National Information Standards Organization, has announced the release for ballot of the final text of the NISO Circulation Interchange Protocol (NCIP) and its accompanying Implementation Profile #1 developed by NISO Standards Committee AT. This standard, identified as NISO Z39.83, addresses the various transactions needed to support circulation activities among independent library systems such as patron and item inquiry and update transactions, hold or reserve functions, check-out, renewal, and check-in. It will also support the circulation of printed and electronic materials and will facilitate direct patron borrowing, remote patron authentication, on-line payment, and controlled access to electronic documents.
In announcing the balloting period, Pat Stevens of OCLC, Inc., the committee's chair, said, "For many years exchanging circulation information was enabled by proprietary and disparate systems that offered limited interoperability. Today, with the rapid evolution of Web-based library services and the growing number of resource sharing arrangements among libraries, a greater level of interoperability is required. NISO Z39.83 delivers this interoperability. Z39.83 provides an open standard for the exchange of circulation information. Systems implementing this standard will be able to exchange information about library users, the items borrowed, the owners of the items, and the relationships among these three entities."
The balloting period for this proposed standard is May 24 through July 8, 2002, and NISO encourages the all interested parties to submit comments. A variety of resources are located on the NISO web site including the committee charge and meeting minutes as well as the freely available PDF version of the proposed standard.
NISO is the only U.S. group accredited by the American National Standards Institute to develop and promote technical standards for use in information delivery services providing voluntary standards for libraries, publishers and related information technology organizations. All NISO standards are developed by consensus under the guidance of experts and practitioners in the field to meet the needs of both the information user and the producer. For information about NISO's current standardization interests and membership possibilities, please visit the NISO website at www.niso.org.