We are pleased to announce that as part of our software services program DSS is building and hosting a Reciprocal Borrowing application on behalf of the Big Ten Academic Alliance (BTAA). BTAA institutions, plus the University of Chicago, provide reciprocal borrowing privileges to current faculty, emeritus faculty, students, and staff at the other member libraries. Borrowing privileges are governed by the lending library based on local circulation policies established for guest borrowers. To make use of this service, visiting borrowers must present an institutional photo ID, and verify their current affiliation by authenticating through the Reciprocal Borrowing application. This web application will replace the existing paper based process.
Development work began in November and is expected to be released in production in time for the Spring 2017 semester. The application is built with the Ruby on Rails web framework and Shibboleth federated identity management technologies. Guest borrower attribute release is made possible via common membership in InCommon and registration in the research and scholarship category. The source code is released under an Apache License Version 2.0 and is available from GitHub under umd-lib/reciprocal-borrowing.