hbz (Academic Library Service Centre, Cologne, Germany) have completed yet another LIBERO Application Service Provider (ASP) library management system implementation – for the University of Applied Sciences, Dusseldorf, Germany. The library went live with the LIB-IT LIBERO integrated library management system on the 21st August 2006, and the Dusseldorf LIBERO local library system is part of the hbz Union System Network.
The University of Applied Sciences library's mission statement is to be the number one source of information for students and teaching staff in all departments – even in the 21st Century. So the installation of the LIBERO library management system is integral to the library in fulfilling their mission statement as the information service provider for University members, given the extensive new requirements that will be created by the constant change caused by the rapid development of new media in the 21st Century.
All of the data records from the previous library system were converted to LIBERO, including all member and fines data, and this enabled the University to go live with a full and complete implementation of all modules and data rather than take the traditional staged approach to implementation. "The flexibility and ease of implementation that the LIBERO system offers has made it possible to deploy such a system in a short time. As LIBERO is an integrated system, our members are able to have much better self-service facilities, e.g. renewals and reservations via the WebOPAC", said Michael Uwe Möbius, the Library Director. "Expert support by the hbz and the excellent cooperation between the library, hbz and LIB-IT were also major factors in the trouble-free start of operations."
As the Dusseldorf LIBERO system is part of the hbz Union System Network, the University library staff are able to catalogue on-line in the hbz Aleph Union System with immediate catalogue record download and the possibility to attach orders and items immediately, so that the University can now benefit from improved faster business processes. The LIBERO online catalogue has also provided better member search facilities, e.g. limit searches to particular media types, and the WebOPAC GUI interface now conforms to the University of Applied Sciences' Corporate Identity.
About the Library of the Dusseldorf University of Applied Sciences:
For more than 30 years, the library has been the number one source of information at the Dusseldorf University of Applied Sciences, guaranteeing both students and teaching staff the supply of literature required for their courses, for teaching, research and for further education.
For more than three decades, the name hbz (Academic Library Service Centre) stands for knowledge, information and innovation in the field of library and information science. The objective of the hbz lies in the effective realisation of customer-oriented information services.
As a reliable partner for libraries, the hbz is a service oriented and innovative institution that works in close co-operation with its customers on the constant development of existing systems and their efficiency and stability.
LIB-IT GmbH, together with its LIBERO Integrated Library Management System, the web-based FILERO Enterprise Information Management System and OpenSearch Portal Software for the simultaneous searching in heterogeneous data sources, is actively engaged for customers in both the public and private sectors, including many Academic and University Libraries, Public and Special Libraries.
At present more than 450 systems are operating worldwide in widely differing network environments and on the majority of current hardware platforms. The LIB-IT portfolio is supplemented by the provision of service in the areas of data analysis and conversion from legacy systems together with consulting, training and support, software installation and ASP-Services.