New library system for International Institute of Social Studies
On February 11, 2010, the International Institute of Social Studies celebrated the official inauguration of the replacement of their library management system with the OCLC LBS4 system. “The switch from our previous integrated library system to LBS4 opens up the road for further collaboration with and integration of the ISS library and IT services of the overall Erasmus University Library environment”, says Michel Wesseling, head of ISS Library and IT Services.
Wesseling: “The system offers the students and staff additional functionalities that we were lacking before, such as online renewal, online reservations and recall notices. It also offers a better integration with the national PiCarta system, since the OPAC interface is functionally very compatible.”
Paul Soetaert, Librarian of the Erasmus University adds: “The migration to LBS4 allows the ISS library to profit from future development at our library, such as the introduction of the webbased integrated search engine Summon.”
Both express their thanks to the staff of the two organisations, Ingressus and OCLC who worked in close cooperation to make this conversion possible in a very limited time frame: the whole project took no longer than three months.
The University Library ensures the provision of scientific information and offers information services for Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR). The library does this with regard to the three domains in which the university has established its good name: Economics and management, Medicine and health care and Law, culture and society.
The library provides services to students, lecturers and researchers. In doing so, it operates at the heart of the scientific profession. With its collections and related expertise, the library also fulfills a social function, particularly in the region. The library stands for client orientation, innovation and efficiency.
ISS is the international graduate school of policy-oriented critical social science. On 1 July 2009 ISS became a University Institute of Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR). ISS brings together students and teachers from the Global South and the North in a European environment. Established in 1952 as the International Institute of Social Studies by Dutch universities and the Netherlands Ministry of Education it does research, teaching and public service in the field of development studies and international cooperation. ISS is located in The Hague, known as “The World’s Legal Capital”.
See for more information:
Head of Library & IT Services, International Institute of Social Studies: E-mail: wesseling@ iss.nl
University Librarian Erasmus University Rotterdam: firstname.lastname@example.org
Publication date: 11 February 2010