NCIP Core Message Set

See the August 5, 2009 press release, "NCIP Implementers Group Defines Core Message Set: Nine messages support major functionalities in resource sharing and self-service applications." By defining a Core Message Set, the NCIP Implementers Group has provided a simple roadmap needed for a basic implementation of NCIP (Z39.83-2008: NISO Circulation Interchange Protocol (NCIP), Parts 1 & 2).

The group believes that the NCIP Core Messages support the majority of the current functionality for resource sharing and self-service applications. Responding applications need only implement this set of messages, which reduces the effort needed to become NCIP compliant. Initiating applications may still use additional messages, but the definition of a core set of messages will increase interoperability and enable librarians to expect support for a common baseline workflow. 

The messages in the core set are:

  • Accept Item
  • Cancel Request Item
  • Check In Item
  • Check Out Item
  • Lookup Item
  • Lookup User
  • Recall Item
  • Renew Item
  • Request Item

In addition, see:

  • CORE DCB Tasks
    Draft revision, focusing on NCIP message transmission of brokered resource sharing.