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FIDES Report 2015/2016

In the year 2016 the association celebrates its 25th anniversary. On this occasion the 22nd General Assembly of FIDES will be held on Sept. 12-14, 2016 in the Main Library of Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University in Warsaw. The number of members of FIDES amounts 85 libraries.

The main project undertaken by FIDES since June 2014 is the union catalogue of FIDES libraries which uses Koha system. There is one installation of the system on FIDES’ server, which is accessible via the Internet. The aim is to have one bibliographical record for all items from different libraries. The catalogue is fully con-trolled by authority files. As a rule, shared cataloguing of new documents in Polish NUKAT union database is adopted. Our project is based on strong cooperation with NUKAT – the union catalogue of Polish re-search and academic libraries (http://katalog.nukat.edu.pl/). Thus member libraries participating in the project are also members of NUKAT community. It helps to provide information about our holdings to the academic community and to promote religious and theological books. At the same time the cooperation with NUKAT allows church librarians to improve their cataloguing skills.

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FIDES Report 2014/2015

The main project undertaken by FIDES since June 2014 is the union catalogue of FIDES libraries which uses Koha system. There is one installation of the system on FIDES’ server, which is accessible via the Internet. The aim is to have one bibliographical record for all items from different libraries. The catalogue is fully controlled by authority files. As a rule shared cataloguing of new documents in Polish NUKAT union database is adopted. Our project is based on strong cooperation with NUKAT – the union catalogue of Polish research and academic libraries. Thus member libraries participating in the project are also members of NUKAT community. The membership in NUKAT and shared cataloguing is free of charge.

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FIDES Report 2011/2012

Report presented to the 41st General Assembly of BETH: 8-12 September 2012, Belfast.

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The 18th General Assembly of FIDES

The 18th General Assembly of FIDES will be held on Sept. 18-20 2012 in the Diocesan Theological Seminary Opole, at the Library of the Faculty of Theology of the Opole University.

FIDES Report 2010/2011

The number of members of FIDES amounts 84 libraries. The 16th General Assembly at the Library of Diocesan Theological Seminary in Koszalin on Sept. 20-23 2010 was an interesting event in the activity of Federation. The meeting included a one day symposium on the history and librarianship. The 17th General Assembly of FIDES will be held on Sept. 12-14 2011 in Cracow. Its programme includes a half day symposium in the new library of the Pontifical University of John Paul II.

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FIDES Report 2009/2010

The actual number of members of FIDES amounts 82 libraries. 54 of them have returned filled questionnaires BETH. We can say now, that member libraries of FIDES have gathered together at least 13 000 manuscripts, 250 000 old prints, 5 million volumes of books.

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FIDES Report 2008/2009

The actual number of members of FIDES amounts 84 libraries. The Federation had an interesting 15th General Assembly at the Library of Diocesan Theological Seminary "Hosianum" in Olsztyn on 7-10 September 2009. Almost a half of all members participated in this meeting. Also this year an official representative from the episcopate – bishop Andrzej Siemieniewski – was present. The meeting included a one day symposium on preservation of the historical collection of that library. The future of the association was discussed. The main problem encountered this year is a withdrawing of our founder and leader Fr. K. Gonet from his work for church libraries (he became a parish priest). Also a collapse of a software currently being used in almost all FIDES libraries, which is not further supported, is a big trouble for almost all members.

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