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Saturday, November 05, 2011

Bib Control links: pt 11 (Virtual Union Catalogue)

Virtual Union Catalogue in Singapore

SILAS (Singapore Integrated Library Automation Services) maintains National Union Catologue which is an information retrieval system to search and display items from member libraries

Virtual Union Catalogue

Virtual Union Catalogue The Virtual Union Catalogue (VUC) provides a single point access to search the collections of participating libraries.

The VUC Project
The VUC Project in Singapore is a collaborative effort among the Institutes of Higher Learning, Academic and Research Institutes and the National Library, Singapore.

The project allows users to do a single search across all catalogues of the participating libraries, online, without having to maintain a centralized catalogue. Real time searches will be conducted in various catalogues using the Z39.50* protocol with the results harvested and pooled.

The catalogue has been tentatively scheduled for launch in May 2009.

The participating libraries in the VUC are:

1. Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS)
2. Nanyang Polytechnic (NYP)
3. Nanyang Technological University (NTU)
4. National Institute of Education (NIE)
5. National Library Board (NLB)
6. National University of Singapore (NUS)
7. Ngee Ann Polytechnic (NP)
8. Republic Polytechnic (RP)
9. Singapore Management University (SMU)
10. Singapore Polytechnic (SP)
11. Temasek Polytechnic (TP)

*Z39.50 is a client-server protocol for searching and retrieving information from remote computer databases.

The VUC Project Status

The VUC Project Phase 3 started off with workgroup sessions attended by representatives from the participating libraries in Singapore. The first session, held in April 2008, gathered and confirmed the specifications and requirements for the new VUC interface and system. Technical information from individual libraries was subsequently collected so that the new system could be set up to tap into their catalogue.

The staging site was set up in September 2008 with all participating libraries briefed on the systems capabilities.User Acceptance Tests (UATs) were conducted in February and March 2009 and Phase 3 of the VUC will be ready for launch in May 2009.

If you have any queries about the VUC Project, please call 6332 3255 or email:

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