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CORE FAQs - Librarian Questions

  1. What is the status of the CORE protocol?
  2. What are the benefits of using the CORE protocol for a library?
  3. What library system or serial vendors have implemented the CORE protocol?
  4. Will CORE work with consortia?
  5. Are there limits to how many times or how often CORE can be used?
  6. Is there a limit to the age of the cost information I want exchanged?
  7. How do I influence my vendor(s) to implement CORE if they haven’t yet?

 

  1. What is the status of the CORE protocol?
    CORE: Cost of Resource Exchange Protocol (NISO RP-10-2010) was formally published as a NISO Recommended Practice in August 2010. CORE was originally released as a draft standard in April 2009 for a one-year period. It was issued as a NISO Recommended Practice, however, because of the lack of systems vendor (ILS or ERMS) implementations during the trial period. The lack of testing during the trial period was in large part due to the economic downturn, rather than from lack of interest. The ultimate goal of the current CORE Standing Committee is to help CORE Recommended Practice continue to move toward becoming a NISO Standard. Currently the CORE Standing Committee is providing support and outreach for this hopefully future standard. The CORE Standing Committee will review the document annually for the next three years.
     
  2. What are the benefits of using the CORE protocol for a library?
    CORE gives the library the ability to request financial data (for display or populating an ERMS) from ILS Acquisitions system without manually entering the same data in two different systems. This means that a library can have real-time lookups and cost-per-click and other cost related reports in the ERMS.

  3. What library system or serial vendors have implemented the CORE protocol?
    None have adopted CORE to date. The lack of implementation is the direct result of the worldwide economic downturn, not a lack of demand from librarians or interest from vendors.
     
  4. Will CORE work with consortia?
    Yes. CORE is designed to work with a request for data between an Integrated Library System Acquisitions system and ERMS within the same library, a book or serials vendor to a library’s ERMS or transfer of cost and transaction data between members of a consortium.
     
  5. Are there limits to how many times or how often CORE can be used?
    No. It has been designed to encourage rapid implementation and reusability.

  6. Is there a limit to the age of the cost information I want exchanged?
    No. The values for beginning and end dates for material can fall between January 1, 1900 and December 31, 2099. 
     
  7. How do I influence my vendor(s) to implement CORE if they haven’t yet?
    Contact your sales representatives for your library systems and let them know the importance the transfer of financial data between these systems is to your institution and your decision-making process. Recommend that the CORE protocol be used to accomplish this task.