I did not mean to sound snarky in my earlier message but I do not understand why no one is talking about standards and why we have them. This includes standard ways to present and transmit data between systems. That is oen of the big reasons for using MARC.
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From: Code for Libraries [[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Bess Sadler [[log in to unmask]]
Sent: Wednesday, March 14, 2012 2:11 PM
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Subject: Re: [CODE4LIB] NON-MARC ILS?
Welcome to code4lib. Good question! Here's a quick summary of my understanding of what I think you're asking:
Q1. Is there an ILS that is not based on MaRC records?
A1. No, not to my knowledge. Yes, marc cataloging can seem tedious and arcane, but we have lots of tools for working with it at this point. All commercial ILS vendors that I am aware of use it, and the open source ILS products I know of also use MaRC.
Q2. Is that what this Endeca based thing is about?
A2. Kind of, a little. For most libraries, physical (and to some extent digital) inventory of collections is maintained by their ILS. Usually this is a commercial vendor solution, maybe even one with a six figure contract attached to it, but open source ILS solutions are increasingly viable and widespread. Migrating away from an ILS is an enormous undertaking, one that overhauls every workflow process in the library. Many libraries are in the position of not wanting to migrate their ILS, but disliking the public-facing interface provided by the ILS vendor. For years these interfaces were difficult to change and many of us felt that it was leading to stagnation in the library innovation space, because we were competing for attention with Internet based services that could respond to user desires quickly. The standard solution has been, not to switch away from MaRC or the ILS, but to index those records into a separate discovery interface, one which the library has control ove!
r. That's what Endeca is, but it is very expensive. People who have implemented it are contractually prevented from saying exactly how expensive but I've never signed an NDA and I've heard numbers in the millions. There are several free open source library discovery solutions (Blacklight, VuFind, Kobald Chieftan (sp?) that you could play around with if you wanted. But these are for solving discovery problems, not for simplifying your internal metadata standards.
I hope this helps. Welcome to the community and good luck to you.
On Mar 14, 2012, at 5:59 AM, Matt Amory wrote:
> Is there a full-featured ILS that is not based on MARC records?
> I know we love complexity, but it seems to me that my public library and
> its library network and maybe even every public library could probably do
> without 95% of MARC Fields and encoding, streamline workflows and save $ if
> there were a simpler standard.
> Is this what an Endeca-based system is about, or do those rare birds also
> use MARC in the background?
> Forgive me if the question has been hashed and rehashed over the years...
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