What's Up with Prospector?

What's Up with Prospector?

Good things often come to those who wait.  And you have been waiting a long time for the return of the Prospector service.  We have to assume that the original gold prospectors were patient folks much like library customers.  You may have given up, and for good reason, but we haven't!

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!


Could you give us a timeline? Do we count "as soon as we can" in days, weeks, or months?

DPL users can get barcodes from neighboring library systems and access Prospector through them. I've been using my Arapahoe County library card number for the last two years.

Will you be opening Prospector to volunteer beta testers?

I can not provide a more detailed timeline at this time - there are too many variables and players. I can tell you the list of issues is shrinking. We have select staff testing Prospector now to find the remaining issues. We'll open borrowing up to all customers at the same time. Thanks for your interest.

I had given up on the possibility of ever be able to use
Prospector again. Thank you for the good news!

Long wait, but worth it if we can resume with the resource treasure that is Prospector.

Thanks for this update!!

it's been dwon going on 2 years and world cat doesn't work as well as it used to either i'm not hoding my breath

This will fill a big gap in the system! It will also allow DPL patrons to access collections they otherwise wouldn't have access to.

I find the prospecting metaphor in your post to be absolutely golden. Thanks for the update. I miss getting obscure titles about trains and travel in 19th century America from other Colorada librarys.

Thanks for the info! I hope Prospector is up and running soon.

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