LIBRIS is a national database for mainly university and research libraries. Since early 1997, the holdings of approx. 180 libraries are searchable free-of-charge over the Internet (http://www.libris.kb.se/english/index.html).
The LIBRIS database also covers practically all Swedish publications from the 17th century onwards. In 1997, the Royal Library received governmental funding for the purpose of transforming LIBRIS into a broad national information resource in a modern technological environment. Among other things, this means that other kinds of libraries, e.g. public libraries, are invited to join the library co-operation. A larger number of databases will also be freely accessible.
Since the 1970s, LIBRIS has been run in a mainframe environment, whereas the new system is UNIX based. A Request for Proposal for a new national system was published in May 1998. Expectations and demands from Swedish libraries were of great importance. The objectives were rationalising internal library routines, adapting the system to different kinds of libraries and strengthening the national library co-operation.
After a thorough evaluation process, the Horizon system was considered most appropriate to fulfil the needs of LIBRIS. Horizon has been especially adapted to the requirements of regional and national catalogues, in close co-operation with German and American users. International standards for information retrieval are also supported.
Horizon has proved to be the system most suitable for Union Catalogues on the market today, says Dr. Mats Herder, Head of development at LIBRIS.
On December 22nd, the Royal Library, National Library of Sweden, signed the contract for the Horizon library system with the German supplier Dynix GmbH. The new system is expected to be up and running in late 1999. For further information, contact Dr. Mats Herder, Head of Development, +46 8 463 43 60, or Mayre Lehtilš-Olsson, head of LIBRIS department, +46 8 463 42 49