Krakow Library Group as an Example of Regional Library Co-operation

Dobrzyńska-Lankosz, Ewa; Sokolowska-Gogut, Anna
January 2004
IATUL Annual Conference Proceedings;2004, Vol. 14, preceding p1
Conference Proceeding
Krakow Library Group (KLG) was established in 1994 to supervise the execution of "The Project of the Automation of the Krakow Academic Libraries". It gathered 14 research libraries. Initially, its activity was connected strictly with the implementation of the integrated library system — VTLS. Its general tasks were: implementation of the same integrated library system in all 14 libraries, co-ordination of training programmes in relation to the principles and forms governing input data, formats and the VTLS system operation, organising co-operation between the KLG and the Polish VTLS Coordinating Group in order to develop common solutions and to plan joint ventures. After a few years the directors of KLG libraries decided to broaden the co-operation to include in its activity also the tasks and projects going beyond the issues related to the VTLS, and the libraries using other systems. At present, the Group's main goal consists in the co-ordination of a wide co-operation between libraries in their activity, including: acquisitions (especially of scientific journals), computerisation of library processes, mainly co-ordination of the co-operation between the KLG libraries and the national union catalogue, and upgrading librarians' professional skills. In the near future Krakow libraries are going to start the co-operation within a project of a virtual library. KLG acts on the strength of the rectors' agreement. The Agreement defines the rules of participation in the Group, its organisational structure, duties and competencies of particular bodies, as well as the sources of financing its activity. KLG takes also part in various national projects.


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