EDI for Libraries

Page last updated 1st June 2021

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Purpose of the Course
Libraries rely on Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) to enable efficient electronic communication, such as exchanging quotes, orders and invoices with stock suppliers. Although this is a mature technology, it is important for libraries of all kinds to be able to understand and manage their EDI systems efficiently. This online training course is designed to help librarians to manage EDI, to use industry standards, to solve EDI issues and to gain the benefits of their EDI investment.  

Benefits of Attending 
This course will:

  • Provide delegates with the knowledge and confidence to understand and manage their library’s EDI systems and the various methods of exchanging business messages, such as quotes orders and invoices, with their suppliers.
  • Include an overview of EDI, the EDI messages and standards and how to use them, and how to solve issues and obtain help.
  • Be an opportunity for librarians to dive behind the scenes and understand how their library systems and their supplier’s systems communicate. They will develop the confidence to problem-solve with systems suppliers and stock suppliers when EDI issues arise.
  • Cover EDI as used by both public and academic libraries.

Course Level
This course is aimed at those who are completely new to EDI or who have had some involvement but have never felt completely at ease with EDI systems and standards. Attendees do not need technical know-how but should understand the basics of key library processes, especially acquisitions. Library staff, who deal with 3rd parties providing day-to-day EDI services, would also benefit from attending this course.

Course Outline
This seminar-based course consists of information slides with informal discussion combined with exercises exploring practical areas such as the make-up of EDI messages, mapping to the EDI standards, and how to cope with specific requirements. The topics covered will include:

  • What is EDI for Libraries?
  • How does it work?
  • Standards and technologies: Tradacoms, EDIFACT and APIs
  • Setting up EDI with the Library Management System and Library Stock Suppliers
  • Importance of EDI standards for Libraries
  • Exploring the benefits of EDI
  • How to solve Library EDI issues
  • How to obtain help and guidance

Course Preparation
Ahead of the course, BIC will send a brief survey to course delegates covering EDI issues they may have encountered. This is to ensure that the course is as relevant and useful as possible.

The Trainer
Heather Sherman, Bibliographic Data Services Ltd. (Read about BIC Trainers, here).

Date & Frequency of this Course 
This course will be scheduled for 2021 as soon as possible; for the latest updates, email info@bic.org.uk  or keep up to date with all of our training courses by signing up to our mailing list here.

To register your interest in attending this course on an unspecified date in future, please see the 'Registration' section, below.

Course Location
Online / Virtual Training. 

Course Length
This is a half-day course.

Prices
BIC Members £14.99 + VAT
Friends of BIC £19.99 + VAT
Non Members £24.99 + VAT

Discounted rates apply to BIC members only. Not sure if your organisation is a BIC member? Check our members list here.

REGISTRATION
Register your interest in attending this course here
For further information, please see the 'Frequency of this Course' section, above.

Once a date has been agreed for this course, registration will be carried out via Eventbrite. Payment on Eventbrite is accepted via VISA, Mastercard and American Express.

Alternative Payment Option: If you would prefer BIC to invoice your organisation directly, please contact info@bic.org.uk. Please note that this process will incur a £25.00 administration fee.

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