The Swedish Aleph User Group (Alephswe)
was formed in 1998. At present it has 15 members libraries.
The main tasks and activities of Alephswe are the following:
- To provide a forum for the exchange
of practical experiences.
- To inform about local developments and programs
of common interest.
- To coordinate the Swedish Aleph libraries and maintain
a list of development requests.
- To provide a common contact point
to the national distributor Fujitsu.
- To keep in touch with IGeLU and other
- To run a discussion list (Alephswe).
- To run an Alephswe web site.
Alephswe organizes two meetings/ year. The autumn meeting
of 2004 was held in October in Umeå, and in 2005 the spring meeting
was held in Stockholm, at the Library of the National Institute For Working
Life. There is a board with 4 members and several enhancement groups,
each of which focus on one module of ALEPH.
The membership has been free until 2003. From 2004 we have agreed to a
small membership fee.
Alephswe maintains a web site, which can be reached at http://alephswe.kb.se
and a closed discussion list, contact Anders Blomgren (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Activities and development of Alephswe
As the ALEPH system grows more and more stable and the local
distributor, Fujitsu, has found the means to facilitate and standardize
the upgradings, the focus has gradually changed towards keeping each other
informed about successes, problems and local developments, maintaining
the list of development requests and coordinating common interests in
contacts with Fujitsu and LIBRIS, the National Union Catalogue of Swedish
The situation in 2005
During 2005 most of the Swedish ALEPH libraries have migrated
or are planning to migrate from version 14.2 to version 16.2. For each
new migration the organization and support from our agent Fujitsu grows
a bit smoother. The AUG-UKI document with "requirements for ALEPH
upgrade procedure", that we adopted to Swedish conditions and sent
to Fujitsu in 2003, has contributed considerably to give us better upgrading
procedures. The client interfaces were radically changed between version
14 and 16. Therefore a great deal of effort has been laid on educating
the staff in handling the old functions in new ways.
The Swedish ALEPH libraries are academic and special libraries and most
of them have their own IT staff. This makes it easier to customize and
maintain the system. However, the lack of complete documentation is a
Many Swedish libraries have made local developments themselves and/or
with the assistance of Fujitsu. Most of the developments aim to facilitate
loan procedures, especially self service for end users and ILL.
Contacts with the local distributor
After the initial difficulties during the implementation
phase of ALEPH 500 in Sweden (1998-2000), the contacts with the distributor
Fujitsu (earlier ICL) has improved substantially and at the moment the
user satisfaction level in Sweden is relatively high. There is now a constructive
relationship between Fujitsu and Alephswe. Fujitsu arranges courses for
users in managing different parts of ALEPH and also joint seminars in
Copenhagen for the Swedish, Danish and Norwegian users. Special developments
are made by Fujitsu, often in cooperation with one or more of the ALEPH
libraries. A substantial portion of the Alephswe meetings are devoted
to presentations made by Fujitsu about current developments and new releases/versions
Contacts with the Swedish cooperative system LIBRIS
Sweden has since 1974 a cooperative union catalogue, LIBRIS,
to which the university libraries and also other libraries contribute.
The LIBRIS system has during the years developed new functions, such as
ILL. LIBRIS has, in cooperation with reference groups of staff from Swedish
libraries, during the last year developed a national portal, built on
the LIBRIS union catalogue and SFX/Metalib. There is also an ongoing investigation
to explore the possibilities of developing LIBRIS into a local system
to in the long run replace the present different local systems. As we
are very content with the way the ALEPH system works, we are somewhat
concerned that the stability and quality of such a new common national
system will not match the ALEPH systems level.
After an initiative from Alephswe LIBRIS has formed a contact
group between LIBRIS and representatives from the different library systems
in Sweden. The aim of this contact group is to coordinate the needs and
views of the users, e g the different local library systems. The first
and so far the only meeting was held in November 2004.
Alephswe IGeLU engagement
Ragnar Helin is responsible for the IGeLU Newsletter.
Christian Zeising is one of the coordinators for Circulation.
Eva Törnblom is a member in a focus group for improving the ILL function.
Göran Skogmar in memoriam
In April 2005 one of our central personalities, Göran Skogmar, died
in lung cancer. His death is a great loss for the Alephswe community and
also for ICAU, where he for many years has played a very important role
in the work of developing Aleph. We will for a long time remember his
positive person and his knowledge, skill and intelligence.
Ulrika Domellöf Mattsson, chair of the board
Christian Zeising, vice-chair of the board
Ragnar Helin, member of the board, treasurer
Eva Törnblom, member of the board, secretary
The following libraries are members of Alephswe:
The Government Offices Library
Contact person: Ms. Elisabeth Larson Olin
Contact person: Ms. Monika Erhardsson
Jönköping University Library
Aleph catalogue: http://julia.hj.se/F
Contact person: Ms. Eva Törnblom
Library of the Royal Academy of letters, History
Aleph catalogue: http://vitalis.raa.se/F
Contact person: Ms. Annika Eriksson
Library of the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration
Aleph catalogue: http://dk-elib-srv-07.elibdrift.dk/kulan.html
Contact person: Mr. Bengt Keijn
Library of the Swedish Parliament
Aleph catalogue: http://hermes.riksdagen.se
Contact person: Mr. Ragnar Helin
Luleå University Library
Aleph catalogue: http://lucia.lib.ltu.se/F
Contact person: Ms. Karin Westerberg
Mid Sweden University Library
Contact person: Ms. Britt-Marie Sohlström
Nordic Africa Institute Library
Aleph catalogue: http://noak.nai.uu.se
Contact person: Mr. Gunnar Lindbom
The Royal Library
Aleph catalogue: http://regina.kb.se
Contact person: Mr. Christian Zeising
Swedish Agricultural University Libray
Aleph catalogue: http://www.lukas.elibdrift.dk/
Contact person: Mr. Olof Dannberg
Swedish Environmental Protection Agency
Contact person: Ms. Ulrika Domellöf Mattsson
The Swedish Film Institute Library
Aleph catalogue: http://220.127.116.11/F
Contact person: Ms. Inger Lagerros
The Swedish Institute of Children´s Books
Aleph catalogue: http://18.104.22.168/F/-?func=file&file_name=find-a&local_base=sbi01
Umeå University Library
Aleph catalogue: http://album.umu.se/F
Contact person: Ms. Anna Swärd Bergström
Aleph catalogue: http://sofia.hv.se/F
Contact person: Ms. Monica Ljung
National Institute For Working Life is closed
The Catalogue of Library of the National Institute
For Working Life is now avalible as a subset of union catalogue LIBRIS