Berlin/Hamburg. The Cooperative Network of Academic Libraries in the Laender Berlin and Brandenburg (KOBV) have contracted Ex Libris (Germany) GmbH to equip the libraries of the Freie Universitšt, the Technische Universitšt, the Humboldt Universitšt and the University of the Arts with local ALEPH500 systems and to develop a novel type of search engine to serve some 800 libraries in Berlin-Brandenburg and way beyond. Co-ordinator for the KOBV network is the Konrad-Zuse Center for Scientific Computing Berlin (ZIB), a think-tank for mathematics and scientific computing located at Berlin-Dahlem.
The contract between the KOBV and the German subsidiary of Ex Libris was sealed today at a festive signing ceremony in Berlin, in the presence of State Secretary for Science, Research and Culture, Professor Dr. Erich Thies, the chancellors of the participating universities and college, the Vice-President of the Konrad-Zuse Center, Professor Dr. Martin Groetschel, the library directors and staff. For the Ex Libris Group, this is the fifth contract this year for very large national or regional high academic library networks, the biggest in its corporate history.
Following the signing of the contract, Professor Groetschel, Vice-President of the Konrad-Zuse Center, commented as follows: "The Cooperative Library Network Berlin-Brandenburg (KOBV) is based on the principles of decentralization and cooperation. Each participating library agrees to support jointly developed interfaces (such as Z39.50 and WWW) and to adhere to international standards, but it has the right to choose library management software that suits its users and its needs best. With this in mind, the three universities and the University of the Arts in Berlin have together selected ALEPH500 as the system which they judge the most appropriate for their local systems."
"Having decided for decentralization and against a traditional union catalog, the KOBV still wants to offer search facilities for the user that go beyond a single library. This idea has led to the concept of the KOBV search engine that will allow an integrated search through all participating library catalogs. Here again, ALEPH 500 is best suited on the basis of its already existing distributed data technology. Ex Libris, in a joint effort with the KOBV, will further develop the functionalities of the search engine, so that the objectives of the KOBV will be fulfilled in the autumn of 1999."
Berlin, the capital of united Germany, is currently experiencing, ahead of the new millennium, a remarkable renaissance in its architectural, cultural, artistic and political life. Its academic libraries, looking back on long traditions, while reaching for the most modern library management tools, are vital players in this renaissance. Ex Libris is proud to be their partner in such an exciting, trend-setting project.
To learn more about the KOBV, visit their web site at elib.zib.de/kobv