Rapido Development Partner Project

UW-Madison Libraries joined Ex Libris’s Rapido Project as a development partner in the Fall of 2019. Rapido implements the functionality described in the Big Ten Academic Alliance (BTAA) white papers on next generation discovery and delivery. The vision in those papers is to extend discovery platforms to easily answer the question: Can I get this item through my library? And the discovery platform should respond with options for format, time-to-delivery, duration of loan, and cost, if any, so patrons can select the option best suited to their needs.

Our participation in the project continues and has entered the development phase in which we are integrating Rapido features into the Catalog Category of the Coordinated Discovery Platform. This is an important step toward achieving the vision of next generation discovery and delivery.

Adopting functionality like this will move BTAA libraries a step closer to achieving the B1G Collection, which is a major BTAA libraries initiative related to broadening and deepening access to research resources.

Strategic Direction