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Activities and Projects


Integration of the Data of the Libraries of the SJ Consortium

Participating Bodies: Pontifical Gregorian University - Pontifical Biblical Institute - Pontifical Oriental Institute
Sections Involved: Library (Cataloguing Section / Electronic Resources Section / Periodicals Section)
Status: Ongoing
Description:

The Library of the Gregorian Pontifical University collaborates with the Libraries of the Pontifical Biblical Institute and the Pontifical Oriental Institute within the Jesuit Consortium in Rome. The possibilities and the results of integrating the catalogues and databases into a discovery tool have been explored for some months so to allow users access to all the informative resources offered by the three Libraries.

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: Ongoing
Description:

The Project provides for the adoption of a RFID consortium badge, that facilitates users circulation within the three Institutions belonging to the Jesuit Consortium and encourages the sharing of some academic services.

Upgrading and Revising of the Periodicals Collection

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

The Project, which foresees the collaboration of the Library Council and Academic Units, arises from the need of a qualitative review of the Periodicals Collection. The evaluation will examine individual titles, contextualizing them in their respective disciplines, and will also address the choice of hardcopy and/or online formats of periodicals. The overall objective of the Project is to calibrate the collection with respect to scientific and research interests of the academic community and to updates in the editorial market. Therefore the contribution of the Professors is crucial for the section’s harmonious growth.

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; currently the bibliographic and archive data reside on separate and non-dialoguing platforms. The modes of transferring data and those accessible to users are being studied; the intent is to amplify the research through a single search, to reach all the documentary resources printed and manuscripts preserved by the Pontifical Gregorian University.

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: Ongoing
Description:

The Project stems 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 has been elaborated that envisages: 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.

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 Reading Rooms

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.

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.

ACNP for URBE

Participating Bodies: URBE
Sections Involved: Periodicals Section
Status: Concluded
Description:

The Library of the Pontifical Gregorian University participates in the project and educational activities of the URBE Network (Roman Union of Ecclesiastical Libraries). The aim to foster collaboration of the interlibrary services management permitted access to a group of URBE Libraries to ACNP, the Italian national catalogue of periodicals that contains all bibliographic descriptions of Italian and foreign periodicals owned by the Italian libraries. The Project was developed to share information on the periodicals collections both within the Network and at the national and international levels.