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TEMPUS Programme


Programme of international workshop: "Management and technology innovations for libraries"

9:30 - 10:00 Registration of the workshop participants
10:00 - 10:15 Opening.
Speech of welcome from First Vice-president of St. Petersburg State Polytechnic University Michail Fedorov, speech of welcome from Director of the Main Library Ninel Plemnek
10:15 - 10:30 Natalia Sokolova, Deputy Director ICLIS SPbSPU
Copeter project and the goals of the workshop
The consortium building of St.petersburg libraries started since 1998. Main attention was paid to development of consortia electronic services, not available in St. Petersburg libraries before. Technological innovations led to necessity of changed in library management. The results of the first year of the project are highlighted.
10:30 - 11:00 Julien van Borm, Library Director, Antwerp University
Consortium building: from library co-operation to consortia
Library cooperation has always been assumed to be a good thing, but much thinking has focused on the means of cooperation rather than on the ends that cooperation is intended to serve, neglecting to fully explore other means of attaining those ends (M.B. Line, 1997).
This statement by an authority as Maurice Line (former director of the British Library Document Supply Center) urges us to think about library cooperation in general, consortium building in particular.
What creates good library cooperation?
What are the conditions for success?
Is the Copeter consortium fulfilling these requirements?
11:00 - 11:30 J.D. Gilbert and P.T.M. Niesten, University Library, Universiteit Maastricht
Organisation of library management and financial resources

Universiteit Maastricht is the youngest of the Dutch Universities: officially founded in 1976 it has since grown rapidly and now has more than 12 000 students in 7 faculties. The university is renowned for its Problem-Based Learning (PBL) approach. The university library supports this approach with its learning resource centres: the library has developed into an environment in which students ? individually and in groups ? actively pursue their study goals.

Organizational structure.

In order to promote the user orientation of the library, the university library has opted for a matrix organization, in which the hierarchical structure of departments is enhanced by faculty librarians. The latter act as "account managers" for the main library customers. The advantages and disadvantages of this structure will be highlighted.


The library is funded almost entirely by the faculties and other customers, with whom the library negotiates service contracts. The reasoning behind the use of service contracts will be outlined. The contracts specify the services to be provided in terms of both quantity and, increasingly, quality, and the costs of the services.

Strategic development.

Strategic development is an important aspect of library management. The present strategy document distinguishes between four dimensions: the traditional, the digital, the teaching and the business-like library. The strategy document is now up for review.


Effective running of the library depends on its staff: their skills and know how, their awareness of their tasks and responsibilities, their motivation and their ability to respond to change and to the requirements of library management. Human resource management will be a key feature of library strategy in the coming years.

11:30 - 12:00 Alexander Plemnek, Director, ICLIS SPbSPU
Russian library consortia for improvement of electronic library services
14 regional library consortia have been created within the serious of contests of the open Society Institute (Soros Foundation) during last three years. Nowadays when financial support from the foundation stopped, perspectives of future co-operation among the libraries and among the library consortia should be determined. The main strands of the Association of Regional Library Consortia as well as the overview of main electronic consortia services are presented.
12:00 - 12:30 Sergei Shaposhnikov, Vice Rector for International Affairs St. Petersburg Elektrotechnical University "LETI"
Impact of International Projects on the University Development
The report deals with the impact of international projects on the development of different activities at a university (academic, research, administrative) as well as possible problems of their realization. Results of several international projects aimed on the ETU "LETI" library development are analyzed.
12:30 - 14:00 Lunch for the workshop participants. University restaurant in "Lesnoi".
14:00 - 14:30 Anke Jacobs, librarian, Antwerp University
The Antwerp linking system

The Antwerp linking system links automatically databases with holding information and document delivery. Holding information is taken from ANTILOPE, the Belgian union catalogue. Once this process is finished, the user is given access to IMPALA, the Belgian electronic document ordering and supply system.

In this demo we look at the example of the ERL platform for databases where a link to Antilope and Impala is implemented. How can one start with a search in a database and end up with the full text article in his mailbox?

14:30 - 15:00 Vladimir Baranov, ICLIS SPbSTU
Development of electronic services for the library consortium of St.Petersburg
The technical solutions for the library consortium services are discussed. What standards to choose as the basic principal for a consortium construction? Practically the services are implemented within the RUSLAN library automation system. The model of the consortium shows the role of each members and the ways of interaction. Future improvement of the services quality could be realized via reorganization of data structure of the databases.
15:00 - 15:30 Dmitry Sova, ICLIS SPbSTU
Union catalogue and creation of a consolidated record in the RUSMARC format

Both experience of SPbSPU library automation of and experience of the consortium development showed that the question of bibliographic record deduplication has become of crucial importance. The problems appeared during the card catalogues retroconversion as well as union catalogues development raised the complexity of deduplication process.

How to realize the mechanism of consolidated record creation?
How to evaluate its reliability and effectiveness?
What are specific features for the RUSMARC records?

15:30 - 16:00 Rustam Usmanov, ICLIS SPbSTU
Consortia services of electronic ordering and delivery
The principles of electronic ordering and delivery services for the Library network for the North-Western region are presented. Applied technological solution as well as library software are demonstrated. The main functions of new service for the librarians and the users are compared.
16:00 - 16:30 Taisia Romashina, Scientific library of St. Petersburg University of Economy and Finance
Consortia services for "back-office" library departments
Consortia technologies brought changes for the processes of acquisition and cataloguing of new documents and for the card catalogues retroconversion. Case study of using new opportunities in the library is presented.
16:30 - 17:00 Final discussion

The workshop will take place on the 23th of June, 2003 in the Reading hall of the Main library of St. Petersburg State Polytechnic University. Address: Polytehnicheskaya street 29 Main building.