Statewide Library Card

Charge:

To recommend a strategy for implementing a statewide library card program for Massachusetts.

  • Review and evaluate how other states have implemented a statewide card;
  • Describe both physical and electronic library card capabilities and limitations, including policy ramifications, and “trust agreements” between libraries of different types;
  • Describe marketing benefits and setting user expectations for a statewide library card;
  • Propose (interim) solution for public libraries whose users are not included in an automated networks’ patron database;
  • Explore legal ramifications of:
    • Non-traditional library credentials used in some academic and school libraries, (e.g., student ID, registrar’s database);
    • Moving a patron record from one library system to another;
    • Alternative statewide ID, such as a driver’s license;
  • Examine at a high level technical solutions that may be used to facilitate a statewide card, including software that “clones” a patron record from one library system to another, and federated identity solutions such as Shibboleth, and the burgeoning Social Login movement (OpenID, Facebook and Google logins). Discuss maintaining currency of the statewide library card patron data;

Time Frame: 8 months – Recommendations to Resource sharing Group by April 2013

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