Re: [IUG] NCIP
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- Date: Sat, 13 Sep 2008 09:55:50 +0100
- From: "David Kane" <dkane at wit dot ie>
- Subject: Re: [IUG] NCIP
2008/9/12 Bob Duncan <duncanr at lafayette dot edu>
> Long-winded Duncan pontification ahead. Don't say you weren't warned.
> I find it kind of interesting that ... getting the same
> response from Innovative---"nobody has asked for it." Can we assume
> that each library is asking a different person
Well, our request was formal. I am sure it went through all the right
> Applications need to be developed, and an NCIP-based application that works
> with one
> resource sharing application won't necessarily work with the next,
It should. That's the sine qua non of an open standard - the whole point of
> which means in order to "support NCIP" you probably need to create
> not just an application, but an environment that makes it easy to
> create custom applications for custom situations.
What do you mean by 'environment'?
> Add to that the
> fact that putting a lot of development effort into something that
> will enable libraries to choose a competive resource sharing
> application may not make a lot of business sense, and it's not hard
> to understand III's reluctance to develop something that scores of
> libraries never asked for.
Yes, that's the real issue.
> That said, I think this is a watershed moment for Innovative, or at
> least for the company's perception in the marketplace. At a recent
> PALCI get together an Innovative library director commented that he
> increasingly sees his library system as a node in the collective
> world of resource sharing, and that his library's ability to
> participate in the collective is becoming more important than the
> local collection and the particular ILS the library uses to manage
I agree with this point very much. Libraries are brokerages for
information. This is very much OCLC's perception and as far as I can see,
they are working towards being a 'glue' between libraries, in terms of
provision of information and service products. I would see ILSs in this
context as being 'open nodes' that communicate transparently communicate
with one another using agreed standards.
Waterford Institute of Technology
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