On Wed, Mar 14, 2012 at 9:37 AM, Owen, Will <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Endeca provides a public interface to library holdings: it is not
> and could not be an ILS, performing functions like circulation, accounting
> control, etc. In this respect it's more akin to Blacklight that to an ILS.
One could build the catalog part of an ILS around Endeca or one of the
solrmarc based discovery engines, though they don't maintain real-time
circulation data etc internaly, so the existence of an external circulation
system is required.
An idea of some of the functionality that is needed from outside can be
gotten from the vufind ILS driver
; one might argue that different parts of the functionality could come from
different systems, which makes the driver the integrator. A lot of
functionality bundled up in the monolithic "ILS" could be delegated if
there was some Protocol for Interchanging Circulation information that was
standard enough to interoperate with.
If it weren't for UNC's ERP project, I would probably still thing that
accounting controls, purchase management, ought to be handled outside the