VThK
Meta-Catalogue accessing 8 million media – including 1 million articles – from
theological and religious special libraries of churches in the german speaking area
Arbeitsgemeinschaft katholisch-theologischer Bibliotheken
Verband kirchlich-wissenschaftlicher Bibliotheken

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About the VThK


(1)  Concept
(2)  Chronology
(3)  Past History / Background Information


(1) Concept

The VThK (Virtual Catalogue for Theology and Church) views itself as a point of convergence in the internet where users can access electronic catalogues of collections from scholarly religious and church libraries as well as theological collections in libraries of state universities or other state libraries, all in German-speaking countries.

Through the use of a catalogue search engine based on the technology developed by the Karlsruhe Virtual Catalogue (Karlsruher Virtueller Katalog, KVK), you can simultaneously access the online catalogues of the participating libraries as well as those collections integrated in the search engine, all using one standard search form.

We are still planning to link the VThK with other catalogue search engines, for example with the KVK, with central websites of religious institutions, and with local online catalogues of participating libraries.

The VThK, as a catalogue for theology and church, offers a subject-specialized access to the collections of all areas of Catholic and Protestant theology, including related subjects and adjoining disciplines as well as the collections in scholarly religious or church libraries in general.

In this way the VThK complements the local and regional access to electronic catalogues of these sources, which already exists through the internet catalogues of individual libraries and/or through the representation of individual libraries in regional catalogue networks.

In this way VThK users have at their disposal a very comprehensive access to literature in theological and church collections which exceeds the data available in library catalogue networks, as many scholarly religious and church libraries catalogue component parts of publications, and many such libraries may not be members of regional networks.

In addition, in this way the cultural wealth which the major churches possess, due to their extensive collections of old and valuable books, becomes visible for the outside world.

For the religious and church libraries themselves and for their employees the VThK catalogue can also be very useful with respect to acquisitions, bibliographical research, or directing interlibrary loan requests, and as a help for their own cataloging.

The VThK sees itself as the continuation of the mid 1990's computer church network catalogue, KiVK, created by the joint commission of both church library organizations, AKThB and VkwB, which was available on CD-ROM up until 1998. The 3rd edition of this catalogue contained entries from one million book titles and 240,000 articles from about 70 member libraries.

However, unlike the KiVK, the VThK no longer copies the data from member libraries from time to time into a common catalogue. Instead the searches access the current status of the participating catalogues.

In this way the searches provide results that are as up-to-date as possible.

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(2) Chronology

2018

May 7, 2018 New Library Catalogue in the VThK
  • Diözese St. Pölten

2017

September 26, 2017 New Library Catalogue in the VThK
  • Diözesanbibliothek Osnabrück

2016

October 17, 2016 New Library Catalogue in the VThK
  • Freie Theologische Hochschule Gießen

2014

June 17, 2014 New Library Catalogue in the VThK
  • Zentralkatalog der Bibliotheken der Evangelischen Landeskirche in Württemberg

2013

March 18, 2013 New Library Catalogue in the VThK
  • Diözesanbibliothek Rottenburg
  • Hochschule für Kirchenmusik Rottenburg
  • Wilhelmsstift Tübingen

2012

January 23, 2012 New Library Catalogue in the VThK
  • Diözesanbibliothek Limburg

2011

October 4, 2011 New Library Catalogue in the VThK
  • Institut für Theologie und Frieden Hamburg
July 25, 2011 New Library Catalogue in the VThK
  • Bibliothek der Internationalen Hochschule Liebenzell
May 16, 2011 New Library Catalogue in the VThK
  • Philosophisch-Theologische Hochschule Vallendar
April 13, 2011 New Library Catalogue in the VThK
  • Bibliotheca Augustiniana Würzburg
  • Würzburger KirchenOPAC

2010

December 23, 2010 New Library Catalogue in the VThK
  • Johann-Adam-Möhler-Institut Paderborn
December 20, 2010 New Library Catalogue in the VThK
  • Landeskirchliche Bibliothek Karlsruhe
October 1, 2010 New Library Catalogue in the VThK
  • Landeskirchenamt Bielefeld

2009

July 1, 2009 New Library Catalogue in the VThK
  • Diözesanbibliothek Würzburg
March 26, 2009 New Library Catalogue in the VThK
  • Diözesanbibliothek München und Freising
March 24, 2009 New Library Catalogue in the VThK
  • Diözesan- und Pastoralbibliothek Augsburg

2008

October 23, 2008 New Library Catalogue in the VThK
  • Adveniat Essen
September 29, 2008 New Library Catalogue in the VThK
  • Diözesanbibliothek Aachen
July 15, 2008 New Library Catalogue in the VThK
  • Birkacher Unterrichtsmodelldatei
May 5, 2008 New Library Catalogue in the VThK
  • Oberkirchenrat in Schwerin

2007

December 14, 2007 New Library Catalogue in the VThK
  • Bibliotheks- und Medienzentrum Nordelbien Hamburg
  • Landeskirchenamt München
November 8, 2007 New Library Catalogue in the VThK
  • Katholisch-theologische Privatuniversität Linz
October 23, 2007 New Library Catalogue in the VThK
  • Evangelisches Zentralarchiv in Berlin
May 1, 2007 New Library Catalogue in the VThK
  • Philosophisch-Theologische Hochschule Brixen
March 7, 2007 New Library Catalogue in the VThK
  • Katholische Hochschule für Sozialwesen Berlin

2006

November 30, 2006 New Library Catalogue in the VThK
  • Erschließung Historischer Bibliotheken, Südtirol
September 22, 2006 New Library Catalogue in the VThK
  • Zentralarchiv der Evangelischen Kirche der Pfalz Speyer
June 19, 2006 New Library Catalogue in the VThK
  • Priesterseminar Fulda
January 25, 2006 New Library Catalogue in the VThK
  • Kirchlich-wiss. Bibliotheken in der EKHN Darmstadt, Mainz

2005

November 30, 2005 New Library Catalogues in the VThK
  • Religionspädagogische Arbeitsstelle Bremen
  • Evang.-luth. Oberkirchenrat Oldenburg
August 1, 2005 New Library Catalogue in the VThK
  • Unitätsarchiv Herrnhut
June 8, 2005 New Library Catalogue in the VThK
  • Predigerseminar Hofgeismar
May 19, 2005 New Library Catalogue in the VThK
  • Mikado - Missionsbibliothek Aachen
February 22, 2005 New Library Catalogue in the VThK
  • Landeskirchliche Bibliothek Kassel
February 14, 2005 New Library Catalogue in the VThK
  • Bibliothek des Priesterseminars Trier
January 21, 2005 New Library Catalogues in the VThK
  • Diözesanbibliothek Bamberg
  • Verbundkatalog der religionspädagog. Institute der EKD
January 12, 2005 New Library Catalogue in the VThK
  • Evangelische Fachhochschule Reutlingen-Ludwigsburg

2004

November 8, 2004 New Library Catalogues in the VThK
  • Kirchliche Hochschule Bethel Bielefeld
  • Bibliothek/Mediothek der Evang. Kirche in Dortmund
October 4, 2004 The English version of the VThK goes online
 
September 21, 2004 New Library Catalogues in the VThK
  • Landeskirchenamt Dresden
  • Haus Birkach Stuttgart
  • Landeskirchliche Zentralbibliothek Stuttgart
September 17, 2004 New Library Catalogue in the VThK
  • Philosophisch-Theol. Hochschule Benediktbeuern
July 22, 2004 New Library Catalogue in the VThK
  • Evang. Kirche in Deutschland, Kirchenamt Hannover
July 6, 2004 New Library Catalogue in the VThK
  • Katholische Fachhochschule NRW Köln, Aachen, Münster, Paderborn
June 16, 2004 New Library Catalogue in the VThK
  • Erzbischöfliche Ordinariatsbibliothek Freiburg
June 14, 2004 New Library Catalogue in the VThK
  • Johannes a Lasco Bibliothek Emden
April 21, 2004 New Library Catalogues in the VThK
  • Evangelische Fachhochschule Ludwigshafen
  • Bibliothek/Medienzentrale der Ev. Kirche der Pfalz Speyer
March 30, 2004 New Library Catalogues in the VThK
  • Diakonisches Werk der EKD, Bestand Berlin
  • Evangelische Fachhochschule RWL Bochum
  • Evangelische Fachhochschule Freiburg
March 3, 2004 New Library Catalogue in the VThK
  • Theologische Bibliothek/Mediothek der Lippischen Landeskirche Detmold
March 1, 2004 The VThK goes online with access to the catalogues of the following libraries
  • Landeskirchliche Bibliothek Bremen
  • Caritasbibliothek Freiburg
  • Arbeitsstelle für Gottesdienst und Kirchenmusik Hannover
  • Evangelische Fachhochschule Hannover
  • Landeskirchenamt Hannover
  • Erzbischöfliche Diözesan- und Dombibliothek Köln
  • Bibliotheksverbund Bistum Mainz
  • Diözesanbibliothek Münster
  • Augustana-Hochschule Neuendettelsau
  • Missionswerk Neuendettelsau
  • Evangelische Fachhochschule Nürnberg
  • Erzbischöfliche Akademische Bibliothek Paderborn
  • Katholische Fachhochschule Saarbrücken
  • Diakonisches Werk der EKD, Bestand Stuttgart
  • Kirchliche Hochschule Wuppertal
  • Kirchlicher Verbundkatalog 1998

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(3) Past History / Background Information

2003

August Presentation of the draft for the VThK web site at the 2nd Joint Conference of AKThB and VkwB in Benediktbeuern
April 2nd Internet presentation of the KiVK (entries as of 1998).

2002

July The decision is made to discontinue the KiVK in its previous form as a CD-ROM edition containing a mixture of catalogue collections. Its successor is to be a meta-catalogue with the new name VThK. For technical solutions varying portals will be investigated and evaluated. The technology of choice is determined to be that of the Karlsruhe Virtual Catalogue (KVK Karlsruher Virtueller Katalog).

1998

November The 3rd extended edition of the KiVK is released on CD-ROM with collections from 71 libraries.
May 1st internet edition of the KiVK (entries as of 1997).
February Homepage of the KiVK.

1997

November The 2nd extended edition of the KiVK is released on CD-ROM ith collections from 57 libraries.
May 1st edition under the new name KiVK is released on CD-ROM with collections from 35 libraries.

1996

October 1st edition of the DThB (Data Pool of Theological Libraries) is released on CD-ROM.

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Contact us:

Prof. Dr. Siegfried Schmidt, telephone **49-(0)221/1642-3781, Dombibliothek@erzbistum-koeln.de
Armin Stephan, telephone **49-(0)9874/509-300, Armin.Stephan@augustana.de

Last updated: 06.05.2018