Deconstructing NCIP PowerPoint

Deconstructing NCIP:
What is NCIP and Why Should I Care?
Northwest ILL 2012
Peter Collins
NCIP is Communication
• Saber qué idioma de la aplicación que
necesita para hacer el trabajo
• Know what application language you
need to get the job done
Tag It -- Settings
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<h1>NCIP is Easy</h1>
Tag It - Information
Learn more on the
<a href=>NCIP Website</a>
Questions contact:
<a href=mailto:[email protected]>Peter Collins</a>
• HTML was designed to display data
– Think visual web page
• XML was designed to structure, transport, and
store data
– Think communication and passing information
between systems
Communicating With NCIP
• NCIP is a structured message between two
– Like passing coded notes in class
• NCIP requires an initiator and a responder
– The ILL system is the initiator
• Check this item barcode out to this library patron
– The ILS is the responder
• Yes/No item checked out
A Bit of History
• Work began in 2002
• Defined broad application
– Direct Consortial Borrowing
– Circulation/Interlibrary Loan Interaction
– Self-Service Circulation
• Established 47 message pairs
– 47 Messages
– 47 Responses
Too Much of a Good Thing
Report Circulation Status Change
Update Users
Fiscal Transactions
Cancel Recall
Delete Items
Delete User
Complexity Limited Application
• Multiple Applications
– Self Checkout
– Consortial Borrowing
• Too many message pairs for easy compliance
– 47 message pairs
Rethinking NCIP:
9 Core Services for ILL
– Lookup Item
– Lookup User
– Check Out Item
– Check In Item
– Renew Item
– Accept Item
– Request Item
– Cancel Request Item
– Recall Item
Optimizing Workflow
The BorrowDirect Model
– Lookup User Authentication
– Check Out Item Shipping
– Accept Item Receive Processing
• Create Bibliographic and Item Record for
Borrowed Items
• Place a Hold for the Patron
– Check In Item Return and Complete
ILLiad 8.3 Addon
• NCIP Version 1 & 2 Successfully Tested
– Aleph NCIP version 1
– Innovative NCIP version 2
• NCIP Integration for Lending
– Ship Item in ILLiad = Check Out Item in ILS
– Complete Item in ILLiad = Check In Item in ILS
ILLiad Next Steps
• Accept Item for Inventory Control of Borrowed
– Slightly More Complex
– Need Patron Barcode in ILLiad
– Need Location Codes for Pickup Options
NCIP Info Web Site
• About NCIP
– Relevant Applications
– Information About the Protocol
• Documentation
– Introduction to NCIP
– The Standard
– The Schema
Check Out Item Command
<xs:element name=“CheckOutItem”>
<xs:element ref=“InitiationHeader” minOccurs=“0”/>
<xs:element ref=“UserID”/>
<xs:element ref=“ItemID”/>
<xs:element ref=“DesiredDateDue”/>
Check Out Item Response
<xs:element name=“CheckOutItemResponse”>
<xs:element ref=“Problem” maxOccurs=“unbounded”/>
<xs:element ref=“DateDue”/>
<xs:element ref=“IndeterminateLoanPeriodFlag”/>
<xs:element ref=“NonReturnableFlag”/>
XML & HTML Basics
• Open a Statement
– In HTML: <a href=
– In NCIP XML: <xs:element ref=
• Define Information in “Quotations”
• Close the Statement
– In HTML: </a>
– In NCIP XML: </xs:element>
What Systems Support NCIP?
Axiell Scandinavia A/S
Innovative Interfaces
Polaris Library Systems
RapidRadio Solutions
Relais International
The Library Corporation
What is NCIP?
A computer language protocol designed to
transfer information or commands from one
computer system to another
– Communication Protocol for Computers
Why Should I Care?
NCIP will streamline operations, eliminate
human error, and manage inventory control of
borrowed material
– Increased Efficiency
Peter Collins
[email protected]

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