The beta release of FulfILLment is very near completion. The projected beta release date is January 31, 2012, with a projected release of v1.0 at the end of March 2012.
For the next few weeks, we’ll be posting more updates about FulfILLment, providing additional insight into how it works and highlighting some of its features, so be sure to check back each week.
As mentioned in a previous post, the first version of FulfILLment will work with:
Have you ever wondered how FulfILLment will work? How it will connect to various ILSs? LAI is the answer. The FulfILLment LAI (Local Automation Integrator) is designed to work with multiple protocols (like NCIP, SIP, etc.) for retrieval and processing of data. LAI is implemented as a collection of RESTful web-service interfaces that can map, via an ILS specific connector, to each of the various ILSs in use by libraries in the Next-Generation Library Resource Sharing solution. Records can be manually or automatically loaded. Library Administrators will appreciate that the Reporting Interface will allow for powerful and detailed reporting on any field.
Have you ever wondered what else makes FulfILLment special? My dear Watson, it’s the Next Generation Discovery Interface (aka NGDI). The NGDI is a union catalog for patron and staff use, with different actions available based on log in permissions. Staff will have additional options available to them beyond the options available to patrons. The NGDI, a full-text indexing database, utilizes the same extensible search backend as the Evergreen ILS. It’s templatable so libraries can customize the look and feel. The NGDI will display results based on relevance and faceted for best matching and discovery. To prevent patrons from seeing excessive duplicate titles, records are virtually de-duplicated during the catalog loading phase using a fingerprinting algorithm. Holdings availability information may be configured to display on the results page or full record display. Libraries will be able to specify what data is presented in the brief and full bib record displays. Patrons will appreciate being able to view their outstanding ILL requests via the My Requests page.
Be sure to check back next week for another update. The next post will cover patron management and privacy in FulfILLment.