NGCIG Meeting: Interoperability of Next Generation Catalogs and Users

The LITA Next Generation Catalog Interest Group will meet on Sunday, January 25, 4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. in
Colorado Convention Center Room 110

We will have presentations and discussion about two examples of recent next generation catalog endeavors.

Beth Jefferson (Founder of Bibliocommons) will share real world examples and implications of “Transforming online library catalogs from searchable inventory systems into engaging social discovery environments”.

John Mark Ockerbloom, University of Pennsylvania Libraries and chair of the Digital Library Federation’s ILS-DI Task Group will “Outline the DLF ILS-DI recommendations, describe some of the activities inspired by or related to the recommendations, and discuss what fruit they can bear”.

The demand for new ways for users to discover relevant library resources has grown tremendously in the past few years. Application development and deployment has been limited, however, by the need to interoperate with any of a variety of integrated library systems. In 2008, a Digital Library Federation task group published a set of recommendations for standard functions that could be used by discovery applications to obtain metadata and other services from any ILS. They included a basic level of ILS-application interoperability that was endorsed by most ILS vendors, as well as more advanced levels that may allow even richer interactions in the future.

A brief IG business meeting will follow the discussion.