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IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000111142D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-26
Document File: 2 page(s) / 48K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Gerken, CH: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

Described is a protocol by which different library management solutions can work together to provide an enterprise-wide library management system that supports a single point of control.

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Central Library Administration

      Described is a protocol by which different library management
solutions can work together to provide an enterprise-wide library
management system that supports a single point of control.

      The enterprise library is made up of library managers working
in a hierarchical structure to support a promotion hierarchy that can
span multiple platforms.  Libraries at the leaf nodes of the library
hierarchy process API calls from tools.  The invention describes the
conditions under which those libraries can handle the API calls
themselves and those conditions under which the libraries communicate
with the libraries above them in the hierarchy.

      Essentially, when an API is passed to one of the libraries,
that library deals with that API based on the relationship between
the sub-hierarchy controlled by the library and the group specified
in the API:

1.  If the group is in the sub-hierarchy, the library processes the
    API.

2.  If the group is above the sub-hierarchy, the library passes the
    API "as is" to the library that controls the group directly above
    the sub-hierarchy (this library is called the parent library).
    In this manner, an API may be passed through several libraries
    before being processed.

3.  Otherwise, the library passes the API directly to the library
    that controls the specified group.

Specific protocols to support the following operations are described
below.

1.  Obt...