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Activities and Projects


Promotion of the Ancient and Rare Fund

Participating Bodies: Pontifical Gregorian University
Sections Involved: Library (Cataloguing and Catalogue Revision Section)
Status: Ongoing
Description:

The Project intends to enhance the Library’s Ancient and Rare Fund through a process that starts from the computerized cataloguing of works and volumes and reaches exhibition experiences, in order to start cultural processes and spread the knowledge of the history of Jesuit libraries.

Upgrading and Revising of the Closed Periodicals Collection

Participating Bodies: Pontifical Gregorian University
Sections Involved: Library (Periodicals Section) - Library Council - Teaching Staff
Status: Ongoing
Description:

The need for a qualitative revision of the Periodic Collection led, first of all, to the evaluation of the active periodicals section. The next phase of the Project foresees that the Library, together with its Council and the Academic Units, will examine the closed periodicals in view of a possible weeding, within a more general plan of collection review.

Integration of Library and Historical Archives Catalogues

Participating Bodies: Pontifical Gregorian University
Sections Involved: Library – Historical Archives
Status: Ongoing
Description:

The Project includes the integration of the Library and Historical Archives catalogues, aiming to amplify the research and retrieve all the documentary resources, printed and manuscripts, preserved by the Pontifical Gregorian University.

Computerization of the Procedure for Requesting, Handling and Preserving the Patrimony

Participating Bodies: Pontifical Gregorian University
Sections Involved: Library - Information Systems
Status: Ongoing
Description:

The Project aims to ensure fluidity and transparency in handling and consultation of the Library patrimony. Traceability of the book through the adoption of RFID technology and the computerized management of reading requests procedure, will allow location of a book in the Library, its availability or unavailability, and checking the consultation time of a resource and its returning to the book warehouses.

Restructuring of the Monographic Collections on Open Shelves

Participating Bodies: Pontifical Gregorian University
Sections Involved: Library (Cataloguing Section / Distribution and Handling of Patrimony Service) - Library Council - Teaching Staff
Status: Ongoing
Description:

The Project consider the active participation of the members of Teaching Staff who, based on evaluations of pertinence, relevance and efficiency of the material examined, propose the transfer of works from the Warehouse to the Reading Rooms and vice versa, with the intent to bring to direct access reference books, volumes on general subjects and key works of a discipline, for a broad and easy consultation.

Upgrading and Revising of the Active Periodicals Collection

Participating Bodies: Pontifical Gregorian University
Sections Involved: Library (Periodicals Section) - Library Council - Teaching Staff
Status: Concluded
Description:

The Project, which foreseed the collaboration of the Library Council and Academic Units, arised from the need of a qualitative review of the Active Periodicals Collection. The evaluation examined individual titles, contextualizing them in their respective disciplines, and also addressed the choice of hardcopy and/or online formats of periodicals. The overall objective of the Project was to calibrate the collection with respect to scientific and research interests of the academic community and to updates in the editorial market.

Recovering and Preserving Library Patrimony

Participating Bodies: Pontifical Gregorian University
Sections Involved: Library (Prevention and Conservation Section / Distribution and Handling of the Patrimony Service / Cataloguing Section) - Technical Department
Status: Concluded
Description:

The Project stemmed from the idea of launching a rigorous policy of prevention and protection of the Library patrimony to ensure its proper conservation and from the urgency of recovering the Special Funds and their Traspontina Wareshouse affected by moulds. A strategic intervention plan was elaborated that envisaged: 1) the optimum management of ambient temperature, relative humidity and aeration parameters by setting the thermostats, integrating a moisture control system and boosting recirculation of air inside the compacts by drilling holes in the side panels of the cabinets; 2) cleaning a depot and disinfecting the books and shelves; 3) periodic monitoring of the environmental parameters and the state of preservation of the Library material.

Introduction of the RFID Badge for the SJ Consortium

Participating Bodies: Pontifical Gregorian University - Pontifical Biblical Institute - Pontifical Oriental Institute
Sections Involved: Library - General Secretariat - Information Systems - Technical Department - Human Resources Office
Status: Concluded
Description:

The Project provided the adoption of a RFID consortium badge, to facilitate users circulation within the three Institutions belonging to the Jesuit Consortium and to encourage the sharing of some academic services.

Restructuring of the Library Web Pages

Participating Bodies: Pontifical Gregorian University
Sections Involved: Library - Webmaster
Status: Concluded
Description:

The Project consisted in a review of the architecture of the Web pages dedicated to the Library, for the purpose of simplifying both their structure and contents, therefore communicating information and services in a more incisive and direct manner. The new approach is based on the model adopted by most libraries, the pages rationalization, the insertion of new ones dedicated to regulations and projects, as well as the care of the English translation that, for the first time, regards all contents; the overall aim is to facilitate communication with real and potential users, while maintaining quality standards.

DigiPoint

Participating Bodies: Pontifical Gregorian University
Sections Involved: Library (Electronic Resources Section)
Status: Concluded
Description:

The objective of the Project was to concentrate all the electronic resources offered by the Library on a single Web platform that would have the potential for development and customization. DigiPoint allows an integrated access to databases, periodicals, e-books and related supports to monographs and audio works, available on CD-ROMs, DVDs, pen drives, PDFs or online. It also provides access to a selection of the main open access resources of the disciplines covered by the University.