ILL Protocol Implementors Group


March 22 – 24, 2004

9:00 am – 5:00 pm


OCLC Campus

Smith Building – Training Room 4

Dublin, OH




  1. Welcome and Introductions

Any other additions to the agenda?


  1. Version 3

Thanks go to Barb, Joe, and Linda Driver for their work on the final edit of version 3.  According to Barb,  “the document is closed.” 

Link to Final Draft of Version 3 dated 11 March 2004 (password protected):

We need to discuss the next steps in moving the document forward within ISO and hope to have Pat Harris join us via conference call.  The Result of the Systematic Review (Barb Shuh’s March 4th posting) serves as background to this discussion:

TC46 SC4 Document Log:

N 533: ISO 10160: 1997 Systematic Review Results

N 534: ISO 10161-1: 1997 Systematic Review Results

N 535: ISO 10161-2: 1997 Systematic Review Results


  1. ILL Directory
    Vicki Miller will review the current status of testing of the directory.  We will also discuss how to involve others in the testing now that 1 or 2 sites are available for testing. 


  1. ISBN

The length of the ISBN has changed from 10 to 13 characters.  Barb and Joe eliminated the length limit in version 3. Version 2 of the ILL Protocol specifies the size of the ISBN string as 10 characters - and so implementators of this protocol will have to address the issue of what to do with 13-digit numbers if they are received.  Do we need to change the IPIG Profile to accommodate the longer length?

Background documents:

Implementation guidelines for the 13-digit ISBN (International ISBN Agency Web site):

FAQ (in English and French) explaining changes to the ISBN system:


  1. Version 2 as XML

In Europe many libraries currently use EDIFACT or XML as a means of encoding ILL messages.  XML is seen as a more desirable encoding than

ASN1/BER.  Janifer Gatenby will provide an updated draft based on that provided by the Danish Library Authority for discussion.


  1. Request Submission Message

The proposal is to frame the Request Submission Message as a profile of the

OpenURL and submit the profile to NISO. 

Draft for discussion, provided by Janifer Gatenby:

Word format: (152 KB)

PDF format: (90 KB)


  1. Next Meeting

IPIG members are holding September 20 – 22, 2004 for the next meeting.  We need to confirm if we want or need to meet in September, and if so, the number of days and the agenda topics. The ISO deadlines for version 3 may influence the timing of the next several IPIG meetings.


8. ILL – Next Generation

The time has arrived to begin a "next generation" assessment of ILL and of the standard.    Some items that could be discussed:

   -  Do we understand enough about current ILL needs to design a new standard?

   -  Is the current ILL functional model (based on years of history) still the most efficient way to deliver ILL services?

   -  Where does unmediated ILL service fit into the picture?

   -  Do we continue to tinker with current standard, or do we engage in a top-to-bottom assessment of the entire ILL process? 

-Do we need to adjust the standard to cope with an increase expected in international fulfilment, e.g. scanning pages from a book?

-How does the standard fit in with international reference services, e.g. "please consult this book (or your collection) and if you find a reference, send the image of the relevant pages"?

-Is there a need to make a bigger distinction between loan and copy requests?

   -  Can new technologies lower barriers to ILL system development and use?

   -  How should ILL be positioned in an NCIP environment?   

- What is the scope of the standard - does it cover requests to archives and museums?  Are there any special requirements?

   -  What is our process?  How do we begin? - Shall we convene a one-day seminar in association with the next meeting?

   -  What's the role of NISO, ISO, and other national and international organizations?

   -  Etc.