The Consortium of Wrocław Libraries



In October 2001 there was established The Consortium of Wrocław Libraries. It was founded on the base of the agreement of the Lower Silesia Marshal, the presidents of Wrocław University of Environmental and Life Sciences, Wrocław University of Physical Education, the Technical University of Wrocław and the managers of The City Public Library and The T. Mikulski Region and City Public Library.
 
The Consortium was formulated from  the Main Library of
Wrocław University of Environmental and Life Sciences, the Main Library of Wroclaw University of Physical Education, the Main Library and Scientific Information Centre of the Technical University of Wrocław, the Lower Silesia Pedagogical Library, The City Public Library and The T. Mikulski Region and City Public Library.

The Consortium's goal is "to create a platform of the optimal access to libraries' resources for academic societies of Wrocław and Lower Silesia inhabitans". The managers of the Libraries within the Consortium decided that to realize this goal it was necessary to buy and exploit one integrated computer system.

After having defined the criteria of system selection and overlooking some of the systems already functioning, ALEPH was chosen. It gained the approbation of managers and IT specialists of particular libraries thanks to its architecture: multilayer client-server model, modularity and scalability. The system is based on Oracle Database System. The user can access the system from any place, in any time using a standard web browser. The system has also its own Z39.50 server.

In 2001 the system was bought by 5 libraries:
the Main Library of Wrocław University of Environmental and Life Sciences, the Main Library of Wrocław University of Physical Education, the Main Library and Scientific Information Centre of the Technical University of Wrocław, the Lower Silesia Pedagogical Library, The City Public Library.
The Main Library of
Wrocław University of Environmental and Life Sciences was the first in Wrocław to implement ALEPH. It had had already a hardware platform - Hewlett Packard LC 2000 NetSerwer and workstations for librarians and readers.

Polish implementation centre of the ALEPH System converted bibliographical data - since January 2002 the book catalogue of the Main Library has been made accessible on the Internet (help for users is comprised in the OPAC/WWW interface). In January 2002 there was a training conducted by Aleph-Poland Bureau for the staff of the Circulation Departament. The catalogue of periodicals as well as the Database "Publikacje" were made accessible in September. In other libraries being the members of the Consortium there were conducted the works connected with conversion of library databases and staff trainings. In June the catalogue of
the Main Library of Wroclaw University of Physical Education was made accessible on-line, in November the catalogue of  the Main Library and Scientific Information Centre of the Technical University of Wrocław. Since 2003 the readers of the Lower Silesia Pedagogical Library and The City Public Library can use the calogue on the Internet.

In 2005 the ALEPH system was bought by
The T. Mikulski Region and City Public Library.


In 2007, the Main Library of the Opole University joined the Consortium.