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New OCLC Union OPAC in Germany

Currently, OCLC Germany is developing SPIRIT which combines Union Catalogue functionality, with powerful search tools and an attractive user interface, based on the SOLR index.

SPIRIT will support German public libraries in building regional cooperation and to benefit their customers with a professional and attractive offering in the Web. The first project to be realised with SPIRIT is the new Common Catalogue of the Public Libraries in Saxony.

Because SPIRIT is based on the CBS system, participating libraries can be easily connected to OCLC WorldCat. This is an important step that can bring many advantages to public libraries in the future. For example, a user can find a library when searching for media in Google. Meaning Google will lead readers to the library.

Larger media offering—even on a low budget

The benefits of such collaborations are clear.  With a common catalogue, libraries multiply their resource offerings to users—maximizing collections budgets. When libraries coordinate to expand their holdings, the simultaneous demand for best sellers and the need for special titles can be better managed.  Thanks to the integrated mobile version for Smartphones, library customers can now search media holdings anytime, anywhere.

Here's how it works:

In SPIRIT we collect the data of several libraries in one common database. Here, the reader can search in a chosen individual library or in all libraries collectively. In one glance, you can see in which library the desired medium is available.  SPIRIT offers an attractively designed interface that has a very quick and convenient search function. The search results are clearly presented and the availability is immediately recognisable. Libraries that do not use the OCLC library system can also participate. SPIRIT combines modern SOLR search engine technology with an attractive interface which can be easy maintained with a Content Management System.

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