Report from the 101st German Librarians Congress in Hamburg : Libraries – Gateways to Knowledge

Report from the 101st German Librarians Congress in Hamburg : Libraries – Gateways to Knowledge


22nd to 25th May, 4700 German speaking librarians and international guests (see overview of English presentations) met in Hamburg. (see published articles)

Topics on Acquisition and Collection Development:

A panel on “Patron Driven Acquisition” discussed best practices of the PDA model for ebooks (A. Klein, Mannheim and E. Göbel, Graz, AT) and came to similar conclusions as experts in David A. Swords’ Patron-Driven-Acquisitions Handbook (see Schmolling, Review). Annette Klein analysed the degree of utilisation of books purchased via subscription and those of the PDA model (automated purchase after 10 minutes of usage, or books triggered as short loans). Subscription models and big deals of consortia acquisitions tend to be in the end more cost effective but the utilisation ratio in that case is 71% after 3 years whereas PDA books of course have a usage ratio of 100% at the beginning and about 70% user ratio after purchasing. Draw backs might be DRM and the lack of time between publication of books and their listing in the aggregator’s bibliographic database. E. Göbel from Austria reported from a one year’s PDA project with about 11.000 ebook titles (purchase with the second usage of a title) from the Aggregator Missing Link/ MyILibrary offered via online catalogue. Up to now there is no automated way of checking duplicates between print and ebook copies.

P. Mayr and A. Lopez from Cologne and Duisburg-Essen presented EVA (ErwerbungsVorschlags-Assistant),  a methodology of patron driven acquisition in regard to printed material, specifically interlibrary loan requests. The requests are automatically compared to specific criteria in regard to their suitability as an acquisition, enriched with external data and presented to the appropriate subject librarian.  Since October 2011, EVA is in production with several German university libraries. The model will be presented on the WLIC in Helsinki on the ACD Open Session in August this year. J. Lazarus (University Library of Leipzig) presented a project of the library: User oriented acquisition in the print sector: does PDA work with print publications? with aggregator Missing Link. 100.000 print titles of specialised research literature from Nielsen Book Data are included into the online catalogue, using a purchase profile. Users trigger a purchase and will be informed to get the book within two weeks time. 48000 € of the budget will be spent for the project.

Two German models of budget calculation and distribution in the digital age were discussed at the open session of the DBV section on acquisitions (Chair: Franziska Wein, Erfurt). Stating the increasing need for e-media and the stagnation of library budgets, existing models of acquisition (the “Bavarian Model” and the Model from Konstanz University Library, Humboldt University Library Berlin) do not include adequate parameters for the acquisition of digital media. The German library statistic does not offer data information needed for a revision of budget distribution models. Financing Open Access publications will have to be part of the library’s acquisition models. A questionnaire on budget distribution models in the digital age will be sent to German university libraries to give a state of the art-report next year.

The golden and the green way of open access (Frank Scholze , KarlsruheK. Pappenberger, University. Library of Konstanz) were the subject of several sessions stating that university libraries turn out to be increasingly service and consulting centres for the electronic publication of faculty, managing university repositories, university publishers (I. Meinecke, J.F. Maas, Univ. Library Hamburg) as well as publication funds (e.g. Biomed Central). (A. Kellersohn, University Library Freiburg): Open Access – Actors, Financing, Effects Costs are transferred from consumer (library, user) to the producer (author) and costs (about 3400 € per article) are considerable. The German Research Foundation (DFG) will support open access subject repositories and the development of search enginges (e.g. D. Pieper, University Library Bielefeld,  BASE, University Library of Bielefeld, B.-Ch. Kämper, University Library Stuttgart on OPUS, Univ. of Stuttgart) to enable a better integration of open access publications in subject databases like ECON BIZ.

A concept has been published on the infrastructure of information in Germany, coordinated by the Leibniz Association. The role of the University Libraries was discussed in a panel of the German Library Association (DBV).There will be 8 fields of action: 1. Licensing, 2. Hosting/Long Term Archiving, 3. non textual materials, 4. Retro Digitisation, 5. Virtual Research Environment, 6. Open Access, 7. Research Data, 8. Information Literacy. The aim is to establish a national concept of information infrastructure for the future within the frame of the German federal structure.

(Regine Schmolling, State and University Library Bremen, Germany)


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