ABES' international activities
ABES does not conceive of its future without an international strategy. In 2006 therefore we began focusing on this sector by creating partnerships first with Google Scholar (to index Sudoc), with DART Europe (for the integration of doctoral theses in Star) and with CERL (Consortium of European Research Libraries) whose portal crawls Calames.
Most emblematic of all is the partnership with OCLC with whom ABES has been cooperating for a long time, most notably perhaps when OCLC's software was adopted for Sudoc. Negotiations for the integration of Sudoc in Wordcat started in 2006. All these agreements contribute to increase the visibility of the data ABES manages by making it available in applications run by these organisations.
ABES also participates in the network of OCLC's software partner users which enables us to exchange best practices with other networks in Europe, especially with German regional networks, and to influence the development of OCLC's products. In order to represent European interests, the Director of ABES is a member elect of OCLC's Global Council (http://www.oclc.org/fr/fr/councils/default.htm ) which plays an important role in the governance of the cooperative organisation. It is both a forum to discuss strategic issues and a major communication channel between member libraries.
Other international partnerships
There are also other partnerships such as ABES’s close ties with RERO (the network of Western Swiss libraries), which has a representative on ABES's Scientific Committee, and with the Library of Imperial College in London.
ABES intends to continue along the same lines and to explore all possible partnership opportunities that might increase the visibility of document collections available in French higher education and research institutions.
ABES is also a committed member of international associations, especially those working on standardisation. It belongs to several sections of IFLA and to PUC (Permanent Unimarc Committee). It also participates in the LIBER and CERL associations which bring together research libraries.