Acquisition & Metadata
Head: Uli Hahn M. A.
The team is in charge of purchasing a wide variety of print and non-print media, such as books, journal subscriptions, and database licenses. Th kiz is a member of the Konsortium Baden-Württemberg, enabling us to enjoy the benefits of cost-effective consortia agreements, which significantly reduce the cost of e-resources for member libraries. We work closely with University faculty members in building up the Library's collection. To further enhance the collection development, we encourage all our users to make acquisition requests. Furthermore, we keep track of new publications in all subject fields relevant to the University.
Team members handle questions concerning collection development within the framework of kiz's two-level support system, whereby our Help Desk is the first point of contact before an enquiry is referred to us or, in the case of a specialized question, to a team member of Information and Reference or Specialized Information Services.
Another responsibility of the team is to create bibliographic records of the Library's print and nonprint materials (books, journals, documents published on the institutional repository OPARU, e-books, e-journals, non-book materials, and licensed databases) for both the SWB (Südwestdeutscher Bibliotheksverbund Baden-Württemberg, Saarland, Sachsen) and our local integrated library system aDIS/BMS. All journal holdings are also recorded in the ZDB, a specialized database for serial titles. Furthermore, you will find a list of our licensed electronic journals in the EZB (Electronic Journals Library). Documents published by University members can be found in our online catalog and the K10plus catalogue as well as on the local repository OPARU.
This cataloguing is based on internationally coordinated rules in the German-speaking area.
Cataloguers are also responsible for assigning subject headings to a significant part of the Library's holdings. Material is then shelved by call number, which is taken from the LC (Library of Congress) and NLM (National Library of Medicine) classification schemes. For verbal subject indexing, we use the following subject index thesauri: LCSH, MeSH, and the GND (Subject Headings Authority File). By keeping up with the latest developments in cataloguing, we are constantly enhancing catalogue records and optimizing the different search functions of our online catalogue.