Vendors & Barcode Validation
Previously, BCCLS has managed barcode authentication for vendors that require it, such as Freading, Freegal, etc. However, with the switch to Polaris, libraries will now be able to work directly with vendors on barcode validation.
The vendors that require barcode validation can handle the authentication process themselves as long as they support standard SIP validation. Each library has now been assigned its own TCP/IP port for this purpose. You will also need to provide the following information to vendors: ILS system, Server IP address, the fact that user authentication is required, login name, password, and connection type. You can find both your TCP/IP port and this other information on the "BCCLS SIP Information" document located on your library's new Reports page.
If BCCLS is currently handling any barcode authentication for any of your vendors, your library will need to contact those vendors, provide them the information listed above, and make arrangements for them to manage the barcode authentication going forward. This switch should be made before or shortly after go-live (12/12/12). The existing authentication process will continue to function until February 28 to ease this transition. However, if your library uses the old authentication process, it will only be able to validate patrons who were entered into the system before go-live.
Libraries using Envisionware products will also need to make some changes to ensure proper barcode authentication. An email has been sent to DIRECTORS with additional instructions on making the necessary changes after go-live. If you have any questions about Envisionware, please email Eric for additional assistance.