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.

FIDES continues most of its previous activities and projects. It cooperates with the Polish central academic catalogue NUKAT ( distributing a database with authority files among members and some public libraries using the same software. Three our central services are present in the Internet: a website, a multi browser FIDKAR (with 50 searchable catalogues and almost the same amount of bibliographical databases) and a digital library.

In December 2009 new web pages of FIDES are launched, both in Polish and English, and they will be still improved and expanded. The digital library of FIDES is growing slowly and systematically.  About 100 new publications has been added during a year and now it comprises 760 publications. From 11th December 2009 resources of tenths of Polish digital libraries participating in the PIONIER Network Digital Libraries Federation are available in European Digital Library – Europeana. These resources include over 250 000 digital objects made available by the hundreds of cultural and scientific institutions from different regions of Poland, including some church libraries. Among them are also all items from the FIDES Digital Library.

A new project is now being prepared – a computer theological bibliography (database) of articles and essays published since 1980 in about 200 Polish periodicals in theology and religious studies and in Festschriften and congress publications. The project will be done in cooperation with the National Library of Poland. At the beginning we will gain more than 50 000 records done by the National Library, and systematically new ones in the future. These descriptions will be reached with some new information, like links to full texts or translation of Polish titles, or abstracts. As the National Library indexes only periodicals, FIDES will add descriptions of articles and essays from other publications. This database will be accessible from the FIDES website.

The Federation will have the 16th General Assembly at the Library of Diocesan Theological Seminary in Koszalin on 20-23 September 2010. The meeting will include a one day symposium on the history and librarianship.