NYPL seeks a Technology Consultant to support the work of the Workflow and
Technology Subcommittee (WTS). The Technology Consultant
will work closely with the Technology Architect and the Planning Consultant
but will also provide deliverables directly to the WTS.
The Technology Consultant will be engaged to perform the following activities:
Prepare a technology environmental scan:
Identify current technologies available in the ReCAP partner libraries and the
ReCAP facility to support discovery, request and delivery, collections
management, and collections development
Describe the software systems currently in use to support these library
functions at each of the three ReCAP partners and at the ReCAP
facility. Include local and external
systems that are used by these institutions.
In conjunction with the Technology Architect, identify options for software
systems to support those four required elements of the shared collection
(discovery, request and delivery, collections management, and collections
Based on research and domain knowledge, describe software systems (and related
services) that could be used to support those functions in the context of a
shared collection. Provide a general description of their
functionality and their attributes e.g. propriety or open-source, perpetual
license or subscription, and/or other attributes as advised by the Technology
Consultant. Provide a preliminary assessment of the pros and cons of each
system for use by ReCAP shared collections. Note: this activity is intended to
describe potential technologies in general, not to recommend specific choices
at this time.
A written report to the Technology Architect
and the WTS due by April 31, 2012.
Make recommendations to the Technology Architect and the WTS about the design
of systems infrastructure to support both user-facing and staff-facing
services at each member institution to support shared collections.
Working as part of a team including the Technology Architect, the Workflow
Consultant, and the Planning Consultant, incorporate information about new
services, revised workflows, and system options to produce recommendations
about the system infrastructure needed to support ReCAP shared
collections. Specific tasks include:
• Review findings and recommendations made
by the Workflow Consultant, who will be engaged to evaluate current workflows
associated with selection from the partner libraries for ingest into the ReCAP
facility, and to recommend appropriate modifications to these workflows and
related technology services necessary to support the shared
collection. The Workflow Consultant's initial report is
expected to be available in summer 2012.
• Consider findings by the Planning
Consultant regarding desired organizational structure, governance, and cost-
sharing (as available).
• Assess existing software products
applicable to shared collections (as identified in Activity #1) and recommend
appropriate solutions for the ReCAP partners' shared collections system
* Identify any needed systems or functionality not currently available in existing software products, with recommendations about how best to fill gaps.
• Assist the Technology Architect in
gathering cost information for implementing or developing the recommended
Deliverable: A report to the Technology Architect and the
WTS due by September 30, 2012 describing the Technology
Consultant's recommendations for system solutions to support ReCAP shared
collections. The report will include any recommendations
with respect to priorities, development, or implementation scheduling.
For the complete RFP please contact Joseph Brucia at [log in to unmask]
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