The United Nations Common Library. Islamabad, Pakistan.
Catalogue Database Now On The WEB
The United Nations Common Library Catalogue Database is now accessible
through the World Wide Web, adding to the ease of access and much more
convenience for the UN Offices, their staff, consultants, partners,
focal points and the students and researchers of the UN in Pakistan or
in the world.
The original database has been developed using the WINISIS software by
UNESCO and the web publishing has been done using WWWISIS software by
BIREME/PAHO/WHO, Brazil. To search the Online Catalogue anytime,
anywhere, visit the new Library Website URL:
This is the First Web Catalogue
in Pakistan offering full range of search capabilities.
Started in 1997, the UN Common Library Catalogue now contains 11618
bibliographic records referring to the Library holdings. Almost 40 new
records are added to this database, every week. The Catalogue was
already available online to the UN House LAN users, since November 11,
1999. But the following managerial / technical problems were prohibiting
the effective use of this facility.
1. The access required installation of a search interface on all users
workstations and re-installation each time the computer was changed or
2. Direct access was impossible for the staff of UN Agencies using their
own LAN Servers with firewalls or no access rights for the UN Common
Library. In this case, access depended on a local LAN Managers copying
the updated version of the catalogue database from UNDP LAN Server to
the Agencys own server, every week. For various reasons, the LAN
Managers found this practice impracticable.
3. The new entrants to the UN staff could not come to know about this
4. The catalogue was inaccessible for the UN Agencies residing out of
the UN House.
Now the WEB CATALOGUE has broken all the barriers whether managerial or
technological or the time or space and reached every desktop of the UN
System in Pakistan as well as the world, 24-hours a day, 7-days a week.
The Web Catalogue is being beta-tested online for any access and
retrieval problems and/or errors. We request all the Librarian friends
to please help in this process by making online searches from their
computers and review the efficiency, access / retrieval speed and point
out any problem or just give their comments and / or suggestions for
improvement. Please send your remarks and comments to: Bushra Almas
Jaswal, UN Librarian, on the e-mail address: unlib@...