Project IDS: Innovative Library Services & OS Software Tools

The LACUNY Emerging Technologies Committee and the LACUNY ILL Roundtable have a program next week that might be of interest to readers:

Project IDS: Innovative Library Services and Open Source Software Tools
Date: Friday, October 29th
Time: 1:30 - 3:30
Location: Fashion Institute of Technoloy, Seventh Avenue at 27 Street, Manhattan []
Cost: None

  • Ed Rivenburgh - IDS Project Director, SUNY Geneseo Library Director
  • Cyril Oberlander - IDS Project Consultant, SUNY Geneseo Assistant Library Director
  • Kevin Reiss - University Systems Librarian, Office of Library Services, City University of New York
The Information Delivery Services (IDS) Project is an innovative and longstanding resource sharing initiative among a growing group of New York State libraries [] . The work being done under the guises of IDS now touches most facets of library work. This program will be of interest to library managers, collection development librarians, acquisitions librarians, library technologists, and resource sharing/interlibrary loan librarians alike. Come to hear about where Project IDS is going, where it has been, and how your library might take advantage of some of the innovative services and open source software that IDS member libraries are working together to support and develop []. The
presentation will include a discussion of the following:
  • The History and Mission of Project IDS.
  • IDS Resource Sharing Initiatives: Effective resource sharing is the core service of Project IDS. Project IDS has continually worked to refine and expedite resource sharing for both physical and electronic materials. In order to further this goal IDS has developed the Article License Information Availability Service (ALIAS) service []. ALIAS involves aggregating the electronic holdings and ILL licensing terms of IDS member libraries and routes a given article request to the library in the IDS consortium best able to fulfill it. ALIAS is serving as the model for OCLC's next generation resource sharing system. Requests for articles to the IDS consortium are typically filled in less than 20 hours and are often filled in less than two hours.
  • IDS Search: The IDS consortial search engine. IDS search uses the Worldcat Search API to provide a faceted search of IDS member library holdings with real-time integration with local ILS systems. IDS Search is a service open to all IDS project libraries. IDS Search is available at: []. IDS Search is also currently being prepared for an open-source software release for use by other libraries. For more information on IDS Search see the IDS search blog: [].
  • The GIST Toolkit: A number of project IDS libraries are making their library acquisition and collection development processes more nimble, responsive and cost-effective through the use of the Getting It System Toolkit (GIST) an open-source toolkit that can be deployed in conjunction with the ILLiad resource sharing software. For more information see the GIST blog at: [] or view a recent presentation on GIST: [].
Membership in IDS is open to all New York State Libraries. There are no fees to be an IDS member or for IDS services. Please RSVP to attend the program by sending email to Kevin Reiss at
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