Conceptually this is not unlike the separation of Search/Discovery (OPAC)
from the LMS...this "dis-integration" of the LMS has long been talked
about--- Andrew Pace (now OCLC) and myself included, but progress has been
slow. Search has got furthest and people are working on interoperability
(e.g. DLF, Jangle.org) to make that more effective (ability to place
holds/reservation etc) and you can see that this work could be extended
enable RFID based circ apps to interoperate too.....It would be good to see
these APIs develop along open lines (as Jangle for example is trying to
do). So I agree ..be good to see what the RFID guys are proposing here.....
Part of this is about *motivation*.....improving circ won't sell more LMSs
whereas it might sell more RFID systems....so you can see why RFID vendors
are doing this.
Btw I predicted the demise of Acquisitions some years ago at a NAG
conference...good job I didn't put a date on it! But this will probably
happen (sometime) too-- if there was sufficient motivation...
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From: Discussion List for RFID in Libraries
[mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Mick Fortune
Sent: 17 June 2009 14:52
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Subject: RFID/LMS database interaction
I have recently been advised of two RFID solutions being proposed that are
using a separate database from the LMS to control RFID units within a
One controls security the other self-service.
I had seen a schematic for a third such solution some time ago but believe
that it never in fact came to market.
This seems to be part of an emerging trend for RFID systems to declare
themselves independent from the LMS/ILS and go it alone. That may be an
inveitable consequence of technologicak change but at this moment in time I
am finding it difficult however to understand or conceptualise how this
work in practice? It is not yet clear whether the scenarios on offer are
hypothetical although both claim to have been market tested.
I would very much welcome any inputs the list can offer on how the two
databases might be kept in synch and any impact on performance of doing so -
if anyone out there has experience of such a solution?