What's Up with Prospector?
The Library's previous automation system was connected to Prospector via a customized program that is no longer allowed by the system behind Prospector, requiring the creation of an entirely new connection process. The effort to reconnect the Denver Public Library to Prospector has been technically challenging. All parties involved have been working diligently to overcome integration issues, however, and together we have made significant progress.
We are actually blazing a trail for other libraries to use a standard protocol to connect two different circulation systems. At the risk of getting too techie, we are implementing the NISO Circulation Interchange Protocol (NCIP) to connect Denver Public Library's system with the Prospector system. Using standard communication and transfer of data between the systems is the modern way to achieve the interoperability necessary for both staff and customer functions in both systems. This involves modifications by both vendors, followed by extensive testing by our very dedicated staff, and further modifications and more testing. You get the idea.
We are making progress every week and look forward to announcing a start date as soon as we can. Thanks for your patience, and don't put down that pan. We'll find gold in the Prospector system yet!