Lehigh University goes live with XC NCIP Toolkit functionality

The open source community of software developers working on and supporting the eXtensible Catalog’s (XC) NCIP Toolkit, http://code.google.com/p/xcncip2toolkit/ is extremely happy to announce the first production use of the new NCIP Toolkit that supports version 2.0 of the NCIP protocol.

Lehigh University, a member of Pennsylvania Academic Library Consortium, Inc (PALCI) is using the XC NCIP Toolkit as a way to perform circulation functions between their SirsiDynix Symphony ILS and the newly released resource sharing system named E-ZBorrow. Last year, PALCI selected Relais D2D to power their E-ZBorrow resource sharing system for 52 academic libraries in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and West Virginia. E-ZBorrow allows patrons to search across the member library catalogs and request circulating items directly from any partner library.

Lehigh is able to participate in this resource sharing system through development of a SirsiDynix NCIP “connector” that uses the following NCIP services:
• Lookup User
• CheckIn Item
• CheckOut Item
• Accept Item

Lehigh University plans to make this open source NCIP connector available shortly for other SirsiDynix clients and an announcement will be made when the connector is available.