Bath Spa University Library has around 171,000 items in stock of which over 12,000 are non-book items such as CDs, DVDs, scores and AV packs. The library subscribes to around 500 individual journals but has access to around 15,000 e-journals. Last year, there were over 340,000 loans and nearly 325,000 visitors with over 500,000 downloads from its electronic services.
Maintaining an accurate and readily manageable catalogue that adheres to industry standards is essential to the smooth running of such a busy library. Bath Spa uses BDZ in combination with BDSLive to take care of the day to day running of the catalogue and, by implication, the library.
Using BDZ, data is downloaded directly from where records are seamlessly accessed on the library catalogue by library users.
BDS data enable us at Bath Spa to make informed decisions regarding stock, to keep our libraries effectively organised and smoothly functioning and frees up staff time to undertake other jobs, including collaborative projects.
Claire Tylee, Bibliographic Services Librarian, University of Bath.