Names of presenters:
Annika Domin (Systems Librarian, Leipzig University Library,
Björn Muschall (Systems Librarian, Leipzig University Library,
Leander Seige (Head of IT, Leipzig University Library,
Evelyn Weiser (Electronic Resources Librarian, Leipzig University Library,
About the presenters: The presenters have been working for many years in projects building library
systems based on independent open source software. Most notably this includes a) the implementation and
adaptation of the discovery software VuFind for multiple institutions, as well as b) the design and
implementation of an eresource management solution for libraries called amsl. They are involved in
cooperations across different working groups at Leipzig University Library (UBL) to realize modular services
for the library, the Saxon Consortium, and the fincCommunity.
Intended audience: library administration, ITpersonnel and librarians
Following a strategy of openness and independence Leipzig University Library (UBL) decided to develop their
own aggregated index (‘fincAI’) building on previously gathered expertise. As of today the index contains
approx. 80 million records. Using the inhouse developed electronic resource management system amsl
( as an administrative interface for the aggregated index, a transparent integration of
both eresource management and discovery index was achieved.
Like many other university libraries, UBL used to license an aggregated index of scholarly eresources
from a commercial vendor in order to increase visibility and usage of licensed content. Although resources could be
searched in an unified manner, the commercial product also had its drawbacks. For instance, it lacked
transparency in the administration of data sources and possibilities to reconcile metadata provided by the
index with our actual journal holdings. To build an own index from scratch, relevant experience was available at hand since Leipzig University
Library had started to host and adapt open source discovery systems for a range of university libraries in the
state of Saxony. Looking back, 2011 marked the beginning of a new IT strategy based on open source, open
data and open ideas. In addition to technical aspects of software development and data management, new
tasks have emerged, most importantly in quality assurance, acquisition of metadata, as well as internal and
external communication.
The presentation gives an overview of the administrative and infrastructural setup
of the aggregated index, discovery system and eresource management in the context of our overall strategy. We will outline the major
and minor challenges in building the index, as well as issues of sustainability, project management and changed demands on workflows and librarians