ILLiad add-on for NCIP based integration Alma
VCU developers have built upon the ILLiad add-on for Aleph NCIP, which was developed by Hank Sway and Bill Jones for Harvard via the IDS Group (see ILLiad add on Aleph NCIP), and made the necessary adaptations for Alma’s NCIP server. The result is an ILLiad add-on that may be used by the Alma community to create NCIP based integration between ILLiad and Alma, on both the borrower side and the lender side.
The add-on integrates ILLiad and Alma in the following workflow actions:
- When an item is checked in ILLiad the add-on creates an NCIP request with the borrower’s ID and a brief bib record. This shows up as a request on the borrower’s account in Alma (also viewable as a request via Primo).
- When the item is returned, it need only be returned in ILLiad. (It can be returned in Alma but it is not necessary.) At the point of return, ILLiad will send a message to Alma returning the item and removing it from the patron’s account.
- When an item is “Marked as Found” in ILLiad the add-on checks the Reference Number field in ILLiad for the item barcode (this must be input by the lending librarian). When it matches, the item is then moved from the items home location to the Resource Sharing library.
- When the item is returned and “Checked In” in ILLiad the add-on sends a message to Alma and the item is marked as “In transit” to its home location. It will need to be scanned in Alma and reshelved.
In Alma, ILLiad needs to be configured as a partner of type NCIP. The add-on needs to be configured so that the NCIP message will include your institution code (e.g. 01XXX_ISNT) as the Agency ID, and the partner code (e.g. ILLIAD) as the ApplicationProfileType. Please refer to the Atlas Systems plug-in site for this and additional ILLiad requirements for the add-on. The ILLiad add-on is hosted on the VCU Libraries GitHub and will also be made available on the Atlas Systems plug-in site