Southwest German library network

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The Southwest German Library Association ( SWB ) is one of six German library associations . In the SWB network system, around 800 libraries from the states of Baden-Württemberg , Saxony and Saarland , the Goethe Institutes and a large number of Max Planck Institutes as well as other library facilities from Germany and abroad make their media collections accessible in the joint SWB database, which the Library Service Center Baden-Württemberg (BSZ) operates professionally and technically with additional services (data delivery and exchange, metadata, external and normative data provision, etc.). In 1990, the academic libraries of Saxony joined the SWB network due to the partnership between Baden-Württemberg and Saxony. The database contains around 78 million inventory records and 25.1 million title records as well as a steadily growing share of electronic resources (as of January 2019).

Library Service Center Baden-Württemberg

Logo of the BSZ

The Library Service Center Baden-Württemberg (BSZ) is a service provider for scientific and public libraries, archives and museums and offers databases , portals, technical support , hosting and other services. Organizationally, the BSZ is an institution in the business area of ​​the Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts Baden-Württemberg in the legal form of an independent institution under public law based in Constance . It was founded in Constance in 1996. In addition to the SWB network system, there are two other areas:

Library systems

In the library systems area, the BSZ, as the competence center for the integrated library system Baden-Württemberg, is responsible for the administration of the aDIS / BMS system at the application level and for support. The BSZ has also been successfully offering the web-based integrated library system Koha as open source for several years.

The BSZ provides its libraries with a system for the electronic entry and processing of interlibrary loan orders based on the SWB union catalog . Online interlibrary loan offers users convenient ordering options and fast delivery of the literature they need. It guarantees short processing and delivery times as well as high transparency and user-friendliness.

Museums, archives and repositories

With the Museums, Archives and Repositories (MARE) division, the BSZ operates and hosts information systems for electronic documentation and publication, Internet research, virtual information and digital long-term archiving for museums, archives and libraries. Activities range from the procurement and development of software components, the definition of formats and procedures, to advice and support for museums and libraries. The BSZ also takes care of state museums in Baden-Württemberg in the MusIS cooperation network in matters of museum documentation and provides services for the Baden-Württemberg State Archive. The regional studies portal LEO-BW (= discover regional studies online) enables comprehensive research on the holdings of the participating libraries, archives and museums in Baden-Württemberg. The MusIS association maintains its own homepage for its range of services. His range of services can be found at under the motto "Your digital data in good hands". The information on offer provides an overview of the services in the areas of indexing, presentation and archiving of museum collections. There is also an overview of the team, references and further information in the wiki.

Partnership with other library associations

At the 103rd Librarians' Day in Bremen in 2014 , the head office of the Joint Library Association (VZG) and the Baden-Württemberg Library Service Center (BSZ) announced a strategic partnership. The Library Service Center Baden-Württemberg (BSZ) and the group headquarters of the GBV (VZG) coordinate their activities across national borders and functionally divide fields of action. The BSZ and VZG see their cooperation as an important building block for the implementation of the recommendations of the German Research Foundation (DFG) and the Science Council (WR) for the realignment of information infrastructures. Both competence centers jointly look after scientific libraries as well as archives and museums from the ten federal states of Baden-Württemberg, Bremen, Hamburg, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Lower Saxony, Saarland, Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt, Schleswig-Holstein, Thuringia and the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation. In addition, there are institutions at the federal level.

Another and larger literature database is being developed under the name K10plus . Since March 25, 2019, the databases of the Library Service Center Baden-Württemberg (BSZ) and the central office of the Joint Library Association (VZG) have been merged with around 200 million inventory records. The goal pursued is an effective supply of information for scientific needs on a broad, standardized data basis. Behind K10plus the online catalog data are available from libraries in the majority of German public higher education institutions. There are also large research institutions such as the Leibniz Institutes, Helmholtz Centers and the Max Planck Institutes (cooperation BSZ / GBV).

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. GBV-BSZ cooperation. Retrieved July 21, 2015 .
  2. BSZ, GBV: K10plus . on, accessed on March 15, 2020