SCIS forges into a new frontier
The Schools Catalogue Information Service (SCIS) is working with several major school library management system vendors in Australia and New Zealand to revolutionise how library catalogue records are distributed to schools.
Pre-web technologies are widespread in the global library industry, including the 50-year-old Machine Readable Cataloguing (MARC) for encoding data, and the 40-year-old z39.50 protocol for transferring it. These standards are reliable, widespread and consistent. However, these standards also mean it can be difficult for library systems to interact with other systems, and that library catalogue data can be limited in what information it can convey, and how it can be represented to end users.
With its new RESTful APIs, SCIS is breaking ground by enabling school libraries to move to a modern web-based standard to upload its catalogue data.
The SCIS RESTful APIs will result in improved research and information literacy opportunities for students. They will provide library management systems – and their users – the option to move away from the MARC standard, making it possible to provide schools with new data elements from SCIS education vocabularies. These data elements will include information about education use and purpose of resources – elements which are of real practical use to students and educators in their research for learning and literacy.
From its instigation in 1984, SCIS has provided school libraries with the unique benefits of being a one-stop shop for quality library catalogue data with specific relevance to educational settings.
SCIS is a business unit of Education Services Australia, a not-for-profit government-owned developer of educational technology solutions. For further information, please visit www.scisdata.com.