The Architecture of the Next Gen ILS

Marshall Breeding’s Systems Librarian column in the October 2010 edition of Computers in Libraries has been on my mind extensively recently. I’ve spent the last two years integrating our ILS with a hosted Aquabrowser instance and Summon and I was pretty surprised at the amount of ‘hacking’ that had to go on to make things work.

The primary method we are using in the Library world is MARC 21 export for these services. Why don’t these services support our existing search infrastructure of Z39.5?

Is this a speed issue? A caching issue? It just seems quite silly to depend on a frail script to upload large files on a regular basis when the infrastructure to support queries already exists and has been the standard for years.

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