For some months, we at Index Data have been thinking and talking to different communities about leveraging the FOLIO architecture as a base for a suite of apps and plugins to support resource sharing (i.e. interlibrary loan and document delivery) between libraries and across different ILSes. This could be a modular, component-oriented alternative to monolithic request brokering systems.
At the heart of such a solution would be a model (schema) for a resource sharing request and a mechanism for modeling a group of collaborating libraries. Depending on the preferences and capabilities of each library, functions (plugins, apps) could include
- Simple web/email-based message passing
- ISO ILL-based exchanges with other request brokers
- NCIP/SIP interactions with ILSes in lending and borrowing libraries
- Patron identification e.g. for patron-initiated ILL
- Gateways for proprietary APIs
- Request management, tracking, and reporting/metrics
In addition to making use of the platform and app-store, it seems likely that a resource sharing brokerage could make use of specific data models and apps of the current FOLIO roadmap, such as loan rules, permissions model, the codex (to support cross-library discovery), etc.
I’m working on a longer description of these ideas in the form of a whitepaper, but I’d be interested in exploring these ideas further with anyone interested.