Fulfillment is an open source interlibrary loan management system which can be used alongside or in connection with any integrated library system. Fulfillment is based on the core algorithms of the popular open source Evergreen ILS.
Fulfillment was built with resource sharing in mind and supports the needs of public and academic library consortia. The unique design of its sharing-oriented architecture almost completely automates ILL requests and takes resource sharing to the next level.
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Why choose Fulfillment?
The current version of Fulfillment is based on Evergreen 3.6, and leverages Evergreen’s powerful searching and requesting architecture. Fulfillment has the ability to model a complex organizational structure to ensure that requests are targeted & distributed appropriately among member libraries.
Fulfillment’s targeting mechanism will automatically try to find the “best” copy to fill a request, based on organizational configuration, and works to minimize request wait times for patrons.
Fulfillment’s staff interface leverages a smart scan box, which takes a barcode and informs stafff of the next logical step for that item. Having a single entry interfaces minimizes the chance for staff error and allows Fulfillment to be flexible in filling requests.
Fulfillment Connectors are the next step in automation - with a connector, the entire ILL process from request to return is completely automated. There is a working Evergreen Connector as well as a Sierra Connector that is in the final stages of development. Connectors for other major ILS providers are planned, and Equinox can add custom Connector development as part of your Fulfillment onboarding.
Fulfillment has the same highly-configurable, permissions-driven structure that Evergreen uses. This enables Fulfillment member libraries to customize their use of Fulfillment to balance the needs of local members against the responsibilities of being an ILL partner.
Equinox will work closely with consortium leaders and member libraries to ensure a balanced setup for all sharing partners.
Fulfillment adheres to modern library standards, including cataloging of and access to MARC records with Unicode characters within an RDA framework. Fulfillment also utilizes Z39.50, SRU/SRW, SIP2, and NCIP protocols to ensure interoperability with other systems.
While a Connector will provide the highest level of integration between Fulfillment and your ILS, thanks to its standards-compliant architecture, Fulfillment is able to talk to member ILSs in many different ways.
Fullfillment staff and management interfaces are fully web-based, allowing staff to work from anywhere. There is no client software to install and no operating system requirements - just an updated version of Chrome or Firefox.
Fulfillment is open source, so there’s never a licensing fee or a charge to use the software. The code is open and is distributed under the Free Software General Public License (GPL) version 3 or later.
As a member of the Fulfillment community, you have the opportunity to directly impact the future of Fulfillment. Whether you’re interested in having your own wishlist items developed or would like to hear about our plans for its future features, our Development team is ready to work with you to make Fulfillment better for all community members.