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ASERL launches Kudzu: linking 14 Southeastern Research Libraries

Press Release: Association of Southeastern Research Libraries [January 15, 2001]

Copyright (c) 2001 Association of Southeastern Research Libraries

Abstract: On January 15, 2001, the Association of Southeastern Research launches "Kudzu," a system of linked online catalogs at 14 research libraries across the Southeast, connecting more than 180,000 students and faculty to more than 23 million volumes. The system allows users to browse the participating catalogs using a single search interface, and to submit interlibrary loan requests directly to the source library. Using existing systems at each participating site, most documents can be delivered within two days.


  • On January 15, 2001, the Association of Southeastern Research launches "Kudzu," a system of linked online catalogs at 14 research libraries across the Southeast, connecting more than 180,000 students and faculty to more than 23 million volumes. The system allows users to browse the participating catalogs using a single search interface, and to submit interlibrary loan requests directly to the source library. Using existing systems at each participating site, most documents can be delivered within two days.

    "We are thrilled to see this vision become a reality," commented Paul Gherman, ASERL's Board President and University Librarian at Vanderbilt University. Additional ASERL member libraries will likely join the system in the future. "This is one of the largest shared catalog systems in the region, and something for which we can truly be proud," added Gherman.

    The initial system utilizes OCLC's SiteSearch software running on a server based at Vanderbilt's Jean and Alexander Heard Library. Other related systems and services are being considered for future phases of the system. Marshall Breeding, Library Technology Officer for Vanderbilt's library system, is leading the technical development. John Burger, ASERL Project Manager at SOLINET, is coordinating project logistics.

    The participating institutions in this phase of the Kudzu project are

    For additional information about this project, please contact John Burger.

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    Publication Year:2001
    Type of Material:Press Release
    Language English
    Issue:January 15, 2001
    Publisher:Association of Southeastern Research Libraries
    Place of Publication:Atlanta, GA
    Products: SiteSearch
    Libraries: Association of Southeastern Research Libraries
    Subject: Virtual catalogs
    Online access:http://www.aserl.org/projects/kudzu/default.htm
    Record Number:9185
    Last Update:2012-12-29 14:06:47
    Date Created:0000-00-00 00:00:00