1996 Fall - Europe in Bits & Bytes
Europe in Bits & Bytes
Column Editor: Gail Hueting
Fall 1996, Vol. 20, no. 1Association of College & Research Libraries
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An increasing number of library catalogs from Austria and Germany now have World Wide Web interfaces. James Campbell (ViU) compiled the following list and was surprised at how many he found. He notes that Web based opacs are generally much faster and easier to use for looking up one or two items.
BIBOS-union catalog of most larger Austrian libraries
Bibliotheksverbund Bayern (union catalog for Bavaria)
Verbundkatalog des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen (Union Catalog for North Rhine-Westphalia and northern Rhineland-Palatinate)
Südwestdeutscher Bibliotheksverbund (Union catalog for Baden-Wurttemberg, Saxony, and southern Rhineland-Palatinate)
Technische Universität Chemnitz (experimental)
Universitätsbibliothek Freiburg im Breisgau
http://www.ub.uni-freiburg.de/olix/ Also provides access to the city library in Freiburg.
Thuringer Universitäts- und Landesbibliothek (Jena)
Universität Koln (Cologne)
Universitätsbibliothek der Technischen Universitat Munchen
Oldenburg-union catalog of the University Library, the State Library, the library of the Fachhochschule, the library of the State Archives, and the library of the Federal institute for East German Culture and History.
http://www.ubka.uni-karlsruhe.de/hylib/suchmaske.html WWW access is provided by the Karlsruhe University Library. Choose Tübingen in the first search box.
Richard Parker (University of Warwick, England) looked at some of the standard lists of German library OPACS and discovered that the list from the Hochschulbibliothekszentrum Nordrhein-Westfalen in Cologne indicates the method of connection (telnet or Web) for each listed opac. URL: http://www.hbz-nrw.de/hbz/germlst.html
Many of the World Wide Web catalogs listed above should soon be available from a new service by Peter Scott (University of Saskatchewan), who developed Hytelnet. It is called webCATS and lists library catalogs in many countries with World Wide Web interfaces, rather than Z39.50 access. URL: http://library.usask.ca/hywebcat/
Another development of World Wide Web catalogs in Germany is a page set up at the University of Karlsruhe. It allows users to search with one query the Verbundkataloge for Bavaria, Baden-Württemberg (with Saxony and the southern Palatinate) and North Rhine-Westphalia, as well as a couple of libraries in Karlsruhe. It has proved so popular that it has been mounted on two servers, one for local use and one for public use. Trial searches were fine, though not very fast. URL: http://www.ubka.uni-karlsruhe.de/kvk.html
Dick Hacken (UPB) calls attention to a Dutch site that offers access to web site in fifteen European countries: URL: http://www.bart.nl/~aimed/europe/europe.html The sites vary in usefulness but are good for browsing.
Some new German search engines for the World Wide Web (information forwarded by James Campbell) are: HotList, which searches through web pages in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland and is sponsored by Apple URL: http://www.hotlist.de Netguide, a service of Focus Online, which uses the Lycos system but is faster than the original in the U.S. URL: http://www.netguide.de Aladin, a search index for German-language documents in all domains URL: http://www.aladin.de Flipper, another search engine especially for German-language information. URL: http://flp.ts.tu-berlin.de
Dick Hacken also suggests that WESS members who are interested in the Middle Ages look into the Online Medieval Sourcebook, which has many excerpts and full-text translations. URL: http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/sbook.html He has incorporated many sections into into EuroDocs as well.
Thomas Izbicki (MdBJ) has prepared guides to both the CD-ROM version of Migne's Patrologia Latina and Iter Italicum, the database of humanistic manuscripts of the Renaissance in Italian and other libraries, based on the research of Paul Oskar Kristeller. Patrologia Latina Guide (version5.0) URL: http://milton.mse.jhu.edu:8001/guides/pldguide.html Iter Italicum Guide. URL: http://milton.mse.jhu.edu:8001/guides/iterital.html
From Timothy Shipe (IaU), curator of the International Dada Archive, comes this information: In honor of the 100th birthday of Tristan Tzara, co-founder of the Dada movement, the International Dada Archive at the University of Iowa Libraries is pleased to announce that its World Wide Web site is now available for use. It is designed primarily as a source of information about the history and resources of the Dada Archive. URL:http://www.lib.uiowa.edu/dada/
Another Web site noted by James Campbell is one listing German literary electronic journal projects (journals containing literature rather than journals about literature). URL: http://www.cs.tu-berlin.de/~nop/magazine.html
Charles Spetland (MnU) has forwarded information from Knut Hofland at the University of Bergen, Norway, about the Henrik Ibsen web page. It enables the user to search the text of Ibsen's twenty-six plays and a collection of poems. URL: http://www.hd.uib.no/ibsen/
Jim Campbell also notes the availability of information about currrent German titles on the World Wide Web: The Verzeichnis lieferbarer Bücher is now available on the Web: The database is called Buch und Medien, but it comes from the Buchhandler-Vereinigung, and the publicity I've seen describes it as an Internet version of the VlB. URL: http://www.buchhandel.de
The KNO-K&V Buchkatalog im WWW, a combined listing of German wholesalers' lists is not as comprehensive as the VlB, but it is handy and has a nicer interface than the online bookstore catalogs. It is useful if you have trouble getting into Buch und Medien, and it has some search possibilities that Buch und Medien lacks, including limitation of a search by format. URL: http://www.buchkatalog.de/
Gerald Anderson (WaU) notes some Finnish literary web sites. Books from Finland is at http://www.kaapeli.fi/~bff/ Electric Verses is an electronic journal which publishes English translations of Finnish poetry. URL: http://www.kaapeli.fi/nvl/sahsarc.html
Jim Campbell has announced several updates to WESSWeb, our own home page. URL: http://www.lib.virginia.edu/wess/ Heleni Pedersoli has updated the WESS Directory. The summer brought new issues of the Newsletter and Research Reviews Europe- IfB Abstracts.
Additions to the regional pages are being noted as new. Furthermore, there are three new regional guides to join French and German: Italian from Jeffry Larson (CtY), Iberian from Marianne Siegmund (UPB), and Classics from Blake Landor (FU). Gail Hueting (IU) is committed to putting together a Scandinavian page in the course of this academic year. All the folks who produce guides to resources for WESSWeb are interested in hearing from you about new sites you may have found and in having people work with them on developing new Web resources; their e-mail addresses are listed in WESSWeb and on their pages. Reinhart Sonnenburg (CU-S) has noted the addition of Bild Online and Welt des Buches, the literature supplement of Die Welt, among other links, to the news page on the German Studies Web. URL: http://gort.ucsd.edu/rsonn/wessnews.html
Editor: Marje Schuetze-Coburn
Association of College & Research Libraries
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