TOLIMAC seeks to manage access to and use of networked resources and services within an institutional or campus context. The project functionality will be based around microprocessor chipcard technology.
The project seeks to create a management tool for supplying electronic products and services in library environments which integrates important management functionalities such as user identification, authentication and copyright clearance. The tool will allow for access control, open library service management, interlibrary access and open use of library resources. User rights and privileges, cost monitoring and reciprocal rights of external and remote users will be monitored and controlled.
Security issues will be addressed, through digital encryption, authentication and signature techniques. TOLIMAC will enable library and information service users to gain access to a range of services using a single card and a single code. Use of more than one library or access to multiple resources will be possible from multiple locations. From a library management perspective library managers will have a single tool for financial management.
The project will be developed technically on a phased basis:
development of electronic systems which will allow access to internal and external library services;
integration of office automation, telematic and information technology equipment into the system;
customisation and development of chipcard solutions for material reservations, lending services and library management.
The core technologies will be:
digital encryption, authentication and signature techniques and associated standards (e.g. ISO9796; RIPE-MD; MD5; RSA etc.);
networking technologies based on known standards or de facto standards (e.g. TCP/IP; HTTP-P; WWW protocols etc.);
Access control in libraries.
Integrated management and control of library resources and their associated costs.
Impact, users and expected results
Two major demonstration and test sites have been identified:
Université Libre de Bruxelles - Bibliothèques;
De Montfort University, Leicester
The TOLIMAC concept provides an opportunity to control and manage access to library resources and will provide a unique demonstration of a solution for commercial library resource transaction over electronic networks. Moreover the security aspects of the solution will be of importance in the field of electronic or digital libraries and their future potential exploitation of remote access through networks.