OCLC PICA is pleased to announce that today, September 21, the Online Public Access Catalogue in the Bibliotheksservice-Zentrum Baden-Württemberg (BSZ) in Konstanz has become operational. The new BSZ OPAC can also be searched via the virtual catalogue Karlsruher Virtueller Katalog (KVK), where it has replaced the access to the former OPAC of the Südwestdeutschen Bibliotheksverbund (SWB). By this, the first part of the implementation of a Central Library System in Bibliotheksservice-Zentrum Baden- Württemberg (BSZ) is completed successfully.
In the spring of 2004, the Bibliotheksservice-Zentrum Baden-Württemberg (BSZ) in Konstanz accepted OCLC PICA's offer for the implementation of a Central Library System (CBS) for online cataloguing and end-user access. This makes BSZ OCLC PICA's fourth German partner after the Gemeinsamer Bibliotheksverbund, HEBIS and Die Deutsche Bibliothek.
The Bibliotheksservice-Zentrum Baden-Wuerttemberg (BSZ) is a state institution providing service for libraries, museums, and archives. Since 1983, BSZ successfully developed and maintains the union catalogue in cooperation with 1,200 libraries in South Western Germany (Baden-Württemberg, Pfalz, Saarland and Sachsen) - the Südwestdeutschen Bibliotheksverbund (SWB); in addition BSZ also offers local systems to its participants in libraries and museums, and manages the Digital Library. The SWB union catalogue contains monographs, periodicals, articles, loose-leaf collections, off-prints, conference proceedings, university publications, reviews, abstracts, tables of contents, maps, music, audiovisual material, microforms, electronic resources, online resources; scientific and popular literature from all subjects and in all languages from the 15th century to the present; scientific literature from theology, ancient orient, art, music, archeology, law and criminology; at the beginning of 2004 the database contained 10 million title records with 31 million holding records.
The OCLC PICA CBS will be used for the maintenance and expansion of the SWB union catalogue and as such contains functionality for batch import and export, online cataloguing and (end-)user access. However, CBS will be positioned as an open system allowing interactive communication with the local library systems and with the ILL-server that are currently used by the libraries in the SWB. For the (end-)user access to external databases the OCLC PICA PSI software will be used. Access to external databases will be possible via Z39.50; also access for local and regional portals to the SWB union catalogue will be offered via Z39.50.
BSZ is offered a full OCLC PICA partnership similar to the partnership agreements OCLC PICA has with GBV, DDB and HEBIS. This means that BSZ staff will participate in the regular partnership meetings and will contribute to OCLC PICA's future plans and new activities in Germany.
Dr Marion Mallmann-Biehler, director of BSZ: "The fact that OCLC PICA already has implemented 3 library systems in Germany and thus has quite some knowledge of and experience with the German library community of course played an important role in our decision. Moreover, we are convinced that by choosing OCLC PICA's CBS we have selected a flexible library system that will enable us to cooperate not only nationally but also internationally, which will become increasingly important in the years to come."
Dr Rein van Charldorp, managing director of OCLC PICA: "We are very pleased to have found another partner in Germany. I think both the German libraries and OCLC PICA will benefit by the synergy that will be the result of this partnership."
About OCLC PICA
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