Request for Information (RFI) – A Resource Discovery & Fulfilment platform
The British Library (BL) is one of the world’s greatest libraries. Its collection includes over 150 million items and around 3 million new items are added each year, including one copy of every publication produced in the UK and Ireland.
In addition to its renowned reading rooms, the Library provides access to its collections via one of the world’s leading remote document supply services, supporting researchers from the UK Higher Education (HE) and commercial sectors as well as individuals from all around the world.
The BL would like to supplement its existing resource discovery and document ordering services with a subscription based platform service which would allow users to search across multiple databases and online resources while seamlessly integrating document supply from the BL and from their own subscriptions via a link resolver (to 3rd party sites and resources). A full suite of alerting tools is a requirement.
The library may work with a supplier to tailor their solution and may contract and operate against a revenue sharing model, if appropriate functionality is available. The BL is unable to make a financial contribution to the development of this service. The partnership contract would be developed after a competitive selection process.
This notice and descriptive document form part of a market consultation exercise aiming to ensure that any commercial partnership selected, and the options ultimately developed, for the partnership are properly informed. The British Library is inviting potential service providers to propose solutions against this RFI, referring specifically to criteria noted in the full notice.
Any expressions of interest are to be submitted to the British Library’s Bravo e-Tendering platform https://bl.bravosolution.co.uk no later than, 16:00 29th February 2012.