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Swiss Network and Library Systems Choose VTLS

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Swiss Network and Library Systems Choose VTLS

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The Conference of the Universities of Western Switzerland (CUSO) has awarded VTLS Inc. the contract to migrate RERO, the current union catalog of its libraries, to the VTLS system. The current catalog comprises 2 million bibliographic records and serves libraries in Fribourg, Geneva, Lausanne, Neuchatel, Ticino, and Valais. In addition two district library systems not previously automated, Valais and Ticino, have also signed contracts for the installation of VTLS to serve local functions.

Supported for 20 years by the custom-designed system SIBIL, RERO will be migrated to VTLS over a two-year period. Local functions, which are also to be moved to VTLS, are currently supported by a variety of systems, including DataTrek, Dobis/Libis, GEAC, and local versions of SIBIL.

"The decision to migrate was imposed on us by economic reasons," said Bernard C. Levrat, vice-rector at the University of Geneva. "We decided to test VTLS because the Swiss National Library had chosen it. Our migration process from a sophisticated non-USMARC proprietary system raises a number of difficulties, but we are confident that ... our users will be fully satisfied."

Currently, a test VTLS database is installed at the University of Gejieva where solutions are being sought to the many complicated problems posed by converting customized records to USMARC. Librarians there are also familiarizing themselves with the use of VTLS via the Internet. …

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