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    Resource Sharing Workflow

    Resource sharing enables a request by a patron in one institution fulfilled by another institution. The fulfillment of the request is invisible to the patron: the patron requests and returns the item to the patron's local institution. Resource sharing has two main players: borrowing library and lending library (see the following entries). The lending library usually sets the due date and overdue fees of the material borrowed. The borrowing library and the lending library communicate in order to enable the requesting patron to receive material, and return it to the owning library after it was used.
    Different libraries within an institution or from different institutions can share resources. Sharing can be done either through Peer-to-Peer or Broker-based requests. Each type of sharing has slightly different rules and follows different workflows.

    Peer-to-Peer Resource Sharing

    Resource sharing libraries can manage both borrowing and lending. The protocols currently used for peer-to-peer sharing are ISO or NCIP.
    For more information on the peer-to-peer resource sharing workflow, see Peer to Peer Resource Sharing - Borrowing and Peer to Peer Resource Sharing - Lending.
    For more information on the ISO and NCIP protocols, see the Developer Network.
    For details on managing borrowing requests, see Managing Resource Sharing Borrowing Requests.
    For more information on resource sharing, see the Resource Sharing video (1 hour 12:31 mins). For detailed Ask the Expert sessions on resource sharing, see Resource Sharing Setup and Workflows – Part 1 and Resource Sharing Setup and Workflows – Part 2.

    Broker-based Resource Sharing

    For more information on broker-based resource sharing, see Broker Based Resource Sharing - Borrowing and Broker Based Resource Sharing - Lending.
    For details on managing lending requests, see Managing Resource Sharing Lending Requests.
    For additional details on the broker-based protocols of NCIP, Libris, and SLNP as well as their integration with resource sharing requests, see the Developer Network.
    For details on configuration settings to enable integration with the broker, see Configuring Alma/Broker Integration.
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